By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 7, 2008
Looking forward to the all-new Voices.com?
Another new element I'd like to introduce to you is the addition of Work Agreements when you are awarded a job.
Take a look!
As with any business contract or arrangement, you will need to have a work agreement as well as a schedule for payment including the estimated delivery date. Now at Voices.com you'll be able to include work agreements when you are finalizing terms.
Once you are selected by a client to record their voice over, your next step will be to download the final script.
Then, you'll create and send a Work Agreement for the client to review. In traditional commerce, the seller of services always has the project agreement/contract and has the buyer agree to their terms.
A Work Agreement will describe your services and outline the price, turnaround time, delivery method (for instances where it may not be a file upload), number of edits, file format and so on.
We'll have a standard Work Agreement Word doc for you to use as a template, so if this is unfamiliar territory for you, you'll find a helping hand from Voices.com.
As we discussed earlier, milestones can be a great management technique.
Larger projects are often broken up into smaller, more manageable pieces with their own deadlines. These are often referred to as a milestone and include a deliverable, such as a chapter of an audiobook or a set of modules for an e-learning application.
Milestones typically include a deliverable (what's to be sent to the client), a payment (the amount you'll be paid for delivering the goods) and a deadline (when the due date is for the deliverable).
On the page above, you'll confirm your fee for each milestone. If there is only one delivery date, then you'll only need one milestone.
A Work Agreement will also get around all those other situations that aren't anticipated for because of the fill-in-the-blank offer form that we currently use. If there's a dispute, we simply need to say to the client, "hey look, you agreed to the work as described in the Work Agreement".
Here are the steps in detail as they pertain to the Work Agreement:
à¹ The client then Accepts / Declines the Work Agreement.
à¹ Should the client need a change to the agreement they can also request an amendment to the Work Agreement in which case the talent would need to upload a revised version.
à¹ Once the client has accepted the Work Agreement, they are prompted to make a deposit for the job.
à¹ Deposit is held in escrow and Voices.com notifies you to complete the work.
à¹ You upload the files under the files tab within the Jobs section and Voices.com informs the client that their files are ready for download.
à¹ Client "Accepts / Declines" the files are complete.
à¹ If you send the files in a different way (by email, FTP or ships a CD), then the client will still be able to mark the job as complete by clicking "Release Payment".
à¹ Upon the client accepting the files, the funds are released from escrow and you are paid out for the job.
Stephanie and The Voices.com Team