Here are 5 reasons why animators should have clear Terms and Conditions with all clients:
1. For the safety of you and your animation business
Your Terms and Conditions (T&C) sets out rules and guidelines that animation clients must agree to. Well-drafted T&Cs protects you and your ownership of your content/business from unnecessary risks, liabilities, or abusive clients. You can also use your T&C to restrict unwanted activities.
2. Adds reassurance and clarity to transactions
Being clear with your T&C with your client builds a mutual understanding between both parties. T&Cs help you clarify the content or the exact meaning of the contract, therefore increasing the transparency of the transaction. By this, you make a safer environment between you and your clients.
3. Prevents tedious and expensive legal disputes
If anything goes wrong during a transaction, a good set of T&Cs can help deal with the issue, or even prevent issues or disputes from happening in the first place. If specific laws or regulations apply, it would be good to document or make reference to these in your T&C.
4. Makes clients more confident to rely on you
T&Cs reduce the risk of you not meeting your client’s expectations. Failure to meet a client’s expectations significantly reduces the chance of them coming to you again. Clearly stating key terms on issues such as delivery and returns will give the client confidence when placing orders with you.
5. Allows you to review and cover all parameters
T&Cs help you cover all of the important matters in the business, such as contracts and transactions, and not overlook less obvious issues. It is important that you review your T&C to ensure that they consistently meet the needs of your clients and your animation business.
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