Many of you love taking commissions. It is a great way to set up guaranteed income and it can be fun to create the perfect piece for a client. I️ always loved watching my client's eyes go wide as they unveil their perfect piece.
Unfortunately, commissioned artwork does not come without its challenges. Some clients are unsure exactly what they want, others don’t pay on time. The list goes on and on. This is why you need a type of information form that they can fill out to tell you exactly what they want in their piece. You also need a commission contract for your art that lays out deposits, timeline, payment, etc. Today I️ am sharing a few reasons why these forms will make your life so much easier.
LOOKS PROFESSIONAL AND BUILDS CREDIBILITY
First and foremost, having an art commissions contract and a formal information sheet looks professional. It shows that this isn’t your first rodeo and you know what you are doing.
SAVES TIME AND ENERGY
An information document will save you time going back and forth discussing exactly what the client wants. Now, all of that information will be compiled into one document. The contract also outlines exactly how the process will work and will leave everyone feeling confident and relaxed going into the commission process.
HELPS YOU TO CREATE THE PERFECT PIECE
With the aid of an information sheet, there are no questions left unanswered when it comes to what the client wants. I️ have had numerous clients say they “want an abstract piece” or “want something pink”. With this new form the ambiguity is removed and you know exactly what you need to create to make them happy.
ENSURES THAT YOU WILL GET PAID ACCURATELY AND ON TIME
Having a contract that both parties sign not only looks professional, but it saves you the back and forth of explaining payment and how and when clients need to pay. This ensures you get your money when you need it.