Terms & Conditions

I encourage you to read the below information and terms of conditions relating to cookies and my privacy policy.

IMPORTANT: If at any time you are unsure about how I use information obtained from your visit to my site, or do not consent to the use outlined below, you should exit my site immediately. Continued use of my site means that you accept the below policies.

Cookies and WordPress.com

WordPress.com host my site. You will note that any page you visit ends with ‘.wordpress.com’. WordPress needs first-party cookies to function. However I believe they do not use third-party cookies to track your online movements after leaving my site.

New EU regulations and cookies

Under new EU Regulations, websites that use session and persistent cookies need to ask you to actively ‘opt-in’ to use the website. As WordPress.com absolutely need first-party cookies, I believe that this classes the site in the exemption category of ‘strictly necessary’. However, I can be clear to you about what the cookies do. First party cookies via WordPress.com are used to monitor what search engine phrases are used to get to my site, and to calculate the number of unique visits to my site. They also help me to understand which of my articles are most frequently viewed. They do not keep any data provided by your computer (unless you are logged in as a WordPress member). Google and Bing analytics also use several cookies for this purpose. No personal information about you is stored, apart from your IP address.
My site will appear in your ‘History’ log on your computer/device but no data is actually stored on your computer (unless you are logged in as a WordPress.com member).

If you are viewing and logged in as a WordPress.com member

If you are a WordPress.com member, you are accepting the cookie/privacy policy of WordPress.com and by logging in, accept their conditions. You should refer to these if you are unsure.

Terms and conditions of website usage

If you continue to browse and use this website you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions of use, which together with my privacy policy govern my relationship with you in relation to this website.

The use of this website is subject to the following terms of use:

  • The content of the pages of this website is for your general information and use only. It is subject to change without notice.
  • Neither I nor any third parties provide any warranty or guarantee as to the accuracy, timeliness, performance, completeness or suitability of the information and materials found or offered on this website for any particular purpose. You acknowledge that such information and materials may contain inaccuracies or errors and I expressly exclude liability for any such inaccuracies or errors to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  • Your use of any information or materials on this website is entirely at your own risk, for which I shall not be liable. It shall be your own responsibility to ensure that any products, services or information available through this website meet your specific requirements.
  • This website contains material which is owned by me and other third parties. This material includes, but is not limited to, the design, layout, look, appearance and graphics. Reproduction is prohibited.
  • Unauthorised use of this website may give to a claim for damages and/or be a criminal offence.
  • From time to time this website may also include links to other websites. These links are provided for your convenience to provide further information. They do not signify that I endorse the website(s). I have no responsibility for the content of the linked website(s).
  • Your use of this website and any dispute arising out of such use of the website is subject to the laws of the UK and France

Website disclaimer

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by myself and whilst I endeavour to keep the information up-to-date and correct, I make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, products, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will I be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data or profits arising out of or in connection with the use of this website.

TERMS & CONDITIONS FREELANCE WRITER SPECIFIC

Pricing/Rates

Depending on what the freelance job entails, I will either charge by the hour, or if you are wanting me to work on a project, I may give you a price for the complete project. This will be made clear via email once I have discussed the job with you in detail.

Payment/Invoicing

The first hour of consultation is free, after which I charge my hourly rate. I will always round up to the nearest hour.

If your job is charged by the hourly rate, and it is a small job not lasting more than three hours at a time, I will invoice you after the work is done. Payment is to be made within 7 days of receipt of the invoice via PayPal, cheque or cash.

If I am working on a bigger project, I prefer to be paid in three installments – 40% upfront, 40% when I send the first draft and the final 20% when I send over the finished copy.

If I work with you on a regular basis, managing regular blogs, website content/articles or Social Media posts, your job will be charged on an hourly rate. I will invoice you on a monthly basis and payment is to be made within 7 days of receipt of the invoice via PayPal, cheque or cash.

Late payment

Payment is to be made within 7 days of receipt of the invoice. If you do not agree late payment on receipt of the invoice, due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be a charge for late payment.

If payment is made after 14 days and before 30 days, a standard charge of £30 or 35€ will be added. If payment is made after 30 days, a standard charge of £60 or 70€ will be charged or 25% of the total job, whichever is the higher.

Interim charge caps

I have a charge cap of £300 or 350€. This means that when your total bill exceeds that amount, you will need to make an interim payment to bring it under that amount or face work suspension. The decision to waive this clause is mine.

Single Point of Contact

Whether working on a small job or a larger project, I prefer to have a ‘single point of contact’. This means that I work with one person regarding feedback on work completed and any changes. All feedback and revision are to go through that one person.

Kill Fee

Sometimes, for reasons beyond anyone’s control, a project will get cancelled after work has been started. This ‘Kill Fee’ clause means that you agree to pay me for the work that has already been done, since time and effort has been spent on it.

My ‘Kill Fee’ is 40% of the total project if up to 50% of the project has been completed. If more than 50% of the project has been completed and less than 75%, I will expect 70% of the total project amount. Anything over 75% complete when the project is cancelled and I will expect 100% payment.

Revisions and rewrites

Sometimes project can go back and forth several times as a client can’t seem to get something right for various reasons. I will work with you upfront to find out exactly what you want and need for your freelance job/project. This will be agreed in writing before we start, via email.

I offer two free revisions of work completed and changes…any further revisions will be charged at my hourly rate.

Scope of the project

We will agree in writing via email the scope of the project and what is expected of me. If, during the course of the project, further things need to added in and more work is needed than first agreed, I reserve the right to adjust the rates of the project, should the scope change or amount of work increase significantly. By significantly, I mean beyond a further two hour’s work.

Copyrights

I own the copyright of anything I write for anyone until the final payment is made. You cannot use the work I do for you without my permission until the final payment is made. Once I receive full payment, the copyright belongs to you and you can do what you like with the work, however I retain the rights to utilise the work in a portfolio for future promotion..unless the information is sensitive or private.

Deadline

A deadline is necessary for all work I undertake. Most of the time, after our discussion about the job or project, I can give a deadline for when the work will be completed. If the work is time sensitive, then I will endeavour to work to your deadline. Either way, this will be given to you in writing, via email, before work starts.

There will be a deadline for work to be completed, then further deadlines for any feedback, amendments, or approval.

When you can contact me

I live and work in France online. My working hours are Monday to Thursday 10am – 4pm. I am contactable during these hours and will work on your project/job during these hours, unless hours are specified at the onset of our working relationship. I am contactable via email…and via telephone by appointment.

No spec work allowed

I will not accept work on spec. Speculative work involves doing actual work with the hopes of impressing you enough that you will provide further opportunities without any guarantee of payment, or that I retain rights over the work if it isn’t paid for.

My time is precious and I do not agree to this kind of work.

Termination of services by client

If, after receiving the first draft of work agreed between us, you are unsatisfied and want to end the project there and then, I will expect to be paid for that first draft at my standard rates, i.e. 40% of the total cost if it is a project and the appropriate hourly rate for the work completed.

If work is refused by a client, it cannot be used in whole or in part and I retain the copyright.

Unforeseen or sudden termination of a project

If I have to terminate a project, due to some mishap, illness or accident that makes it impossible for me to continue a project in progress or finish a smaller job, I will only bill you for what I have done and will make provision for files concerning the project, along with plans to you, the client, so you can make arrangements to hire someone else.