Should I Sign a Contract That Doesn’t Even Mention Compensation?

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Hiya Angela,

I have a fresh question for you… I recently applied for a writing gig with a company that asked me to sign a contract before they give me an assignment. This contract doesn’t discuss compensation, nor does it give details on what kind of stories they want me to do.

The company is a manufacturer.

Is it common for freelancers to get an “offer” to write while also being told that more details of their assignment will come after they sign a contract and return it? The contract in question has a space in section two where it states that the details and pay rates for the assignment will be given out at a different time and on a separate contract.

Then, the company said that refusal to sign this initial contract would be interpreted as not being interested in getting future assignments..

I’d appreciate any input.

Thanks!
-A

Run as fast as you can away. No reputable company asks someone to sign a contract that doesn’t include ALL the terms of the relationship, including pay. And, it’s pretty obvious from their “refusal to sign” statement that they’re jerks.