Signing a legal contract through Useme can make your life much easier when working with freelancers. Here’s why:
- it’s faster than producing a regular contract between you and a freelancer
- needs no paperwork thanks to the online service
- saves time and accounting work
- takes the responsibility off your shoulders
What’s the difference between a regular contract and Useme’s one?
The main difference is responsibility and safety.
When you sign a contract through Useme, it’s us who legally sign the document with a freelancer. That means we take the responsibility that would otherwise fall on you. You need to decide the scope and value of work, deadlines, and the payment method. Just like you would in any contract work.
To ensure everything is correct, we check if the details provided by the freelancer agree with your arrangements before we start billing. We will email you the proposed agreement. If you notice any inaccuracies, please contact the freelancer or Useme and report the needed changes. We will fix any misunderstandings.
Pro forma invoice and the deposit
We will send you a pro forma invoice when you confirm your order. A pro forma invoice is a preliminary billing document, not an accounting one. We do not send accounting documents to leave the opportunity for necessary corrections at this stage.
Once you pay the pro forma, you will receive a regular VAT invoice from us, and the amount paid is a deposit towards the freelancer's earnings. The deposit you pay as confirmation of your order does not go directly to the freelancer. Useme secures the deposited funds until the completed work is received.
If the freelancer doesn’t deliver the work, you will receive a refund of the entire amount. This is our way of protecting you and your money - far more effective than a traditional contract for specific work.
Two contracts - one goal
When you pay the pro forma, we start the billing process. Two simultaneous contracts secure our common interests.
The first one is an agreement that connects you with Useme. Based on it, you acquire the rights to the work performed (or activities or services). This contract is the basis for Useme to issue a VAT invoice.
Based on your confirmation of the digital contract and the payment of the pro forma, we sign a contract for specific work with the freelancer (less often a contract of mandate.
Your safety guaranteed
Making contracts on your own is connected with some risks: the first is the proper classification of the commissioned work and difficulties enforcing the order.
Useme solves both these problems: settling orders through the platform relieves you of the responsibilities and formal duties. Additionally, it secures the execution of the order thanks to the above-described agreements and the escrow system.
The freelancer is fully responsible for work delivery, including the order's compliance with your expectations. At the same time, they are entitled to receive payment for the work performed.