Freelance Document Templates: Contract, Invoice and Proposal Templates for Professionals

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Looking for templates for your freelance proposals, contracts and invoices? There are plenty of examples of freelance document templates out there, but I’ve pulled the best of the bunch together – as well as added a few of my own templates – to give you a shortcut to all the freelance templates for proposals, contracts and invoices you’ll need.

What you’ll get:

  • Contract templates and examples for Designers, Developers and Freelance Writers
  • Invoice templates and examples for Designers, Developers and Freelance Writers
  • Proposal template and examples for Designers, Developers and Freelance Writers
  • Project plan templates and examples for Designers, Developers and Freelance Writers
  • Email templates and examples for Designers, Developers and Freelance Writers

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Freelance Project Plan Templates

The website planner is sent out to potential clients to gather their requirements. This gives you a quick overview of the project and helps you decide whether you want to take it on or not.

The goal is to find out:

  1. Who the client is
  2. What the client does
  3. What the project is
  4. What the client wants (deliverables)
  5. An understanding of their market and competitors
  6. What they like and don’t like (about their current site and other sites)
  7. Budget and time

Freelance Project Plan Examples

  • TBC

Freelance Email Templates

I have several email templates that I save in a plain text file. This is to save me retyping the same emails over and over. Templates include:

  • For when you are interested in a project and attaching a website planner
  • For when you don’t have time to take it on and have to decline it (and maybe recommend someone else)
  • Sending a proposal to a potential client

Freelance Email Examples

Hi Bill,   Thanks for your email. I’m afraid I’m booked up with several projects at the moment so don’t have time to take on the redesign of You might like to try Steve from – another very good designer that I highly recommend. Best of luck with your project

Freelance Contract Templates

Once you’ve gathered your clients requirements and have a good understanding of what they require, you need to send them a contract and proposal. Things this document should include:

  1. Outlines both parties obligations
  2. What you are going to produce and the deliverables
  3. How much the project will cost
  4. Payment plan e.g. 50% up front deposit, 50% on completion
  5. Signatures from both parties

Freelance Contact Examples

  • TBC

Freelance Services and Pricing Templates

I personally don’t use this one (so I wouldn’t call this essential) but it’s useful to have. A document outlining your services and prices. This way you can send potential customers a list of what you do and also give them a ballpark figure for how your pricing works.

It’s good to get this out of the way up front in case their budget doesn’t suit your pricing.

Freelance Services and Pricing Examples

Haystack shows rough pricing costs for studios.

Freelance Invoice Templates

An invoice template that you can send to clients requesting payment. I highly recommend you use some sort of invoicing system, there are lots to choose from.

Invoices should include:

  1. Who the invoice is to (client)
  2. Who the invoice is from (you)
  3. Date and invoice number
  4. Service(s) carried out
  5. Total costs
  6. Any terms e.g. Payment required on receipt of invoice
  7. A little thank you note

Freelance Invoice Examples

  • Freshbooks
  • Billings
  • The Invoice Machine
  • Simply Invoices

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