First Attempt at Remote Work, What to Do?

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Hey,Congrats on the offer :)I work remotely, and freelance, but my situation never required me to think through the contract side of things in detail, so I don't have a lot of help to offer.What I can suggest is that you check in with an accountant about how you're covered tax-wise. For me, I pay tax in my home country, not the country where the contract owner lives.The only other suggestion I have is to check whether you are responsible/liable for damage caused by your work, or for fixing it if the client doesn't like it. Do you have to fix it for free? If you introduce a bug or a security gap, do you have to cover damages?It depends on what work you do as to what's relevant there, but I know in some cases people get insurance to cover mistakes in their work (Professional liability, professional indemnity, etc).Again, I didn't need that, as I'm a subcontractor, and the lead contract bears that liability in my case.
MorganLucas's profile thumbnail
Thanks Keira ^^ I added a few more details.
keira's profile thumbnail
I wish I had better advice. It's tricky, because really contracts need lawyers, but what freelancer has the budget for that?I suppose you need to weigh up possible outcomes and decide if they're acceptable to you.On the human side, I am generally careful with people who hold the power side of a relationship but don't take responsibility. So employers who don't take responsibility for contracts concern me. But if you can get paid up front, or mitigate your risk some other way, it could be good.