At Voices.com, we have a brilliant service in place that will help you to manage all aspects of the hiring process, including presenting an offer, negotiating phases, agreements, the recording of a voice over, file delivery and approval process... it's called SurePay. Before we get into that, let's look at the process of getting the ball rolling with Jobs and Job Offers.
It's Starts With Your Audition
The process starts with you auditioning for a job and the client selecting you awarding the job to you. Agreements for work originate from one of three places:
- After responding to a "Public Job" that many people have received being selected as the voice talent the client desires to work with.
- After responding to a "Private Job" that a few people were invited to being selected as the voice talent the client desires to work with.
- Directly from a voice talent profile at Voices.com. Clients often listen to several voice talents when they first visit Voices.com then contact the person they'd like to work with. In this situation, there is no need for an audition (they already love your voice), so the client can simply send you a Job Offer.
Viewing the Agreement
Once you've been awarded a job, you can view the "agreement." It's found under the "Jobs" link within your account at Voices.com.
What's Included in a Agreement?
The agreement consists of four unique sections:
Complete contact information is displayed from both parties (you and the client), so you'll know who is offering you the contract and which company they work for. If you need to clarify some details you can pick a phone and call them or send them an email.
Each job has a unique ID as well as the job title and final script as a file attachment. It's recommended that you download the script and read it in its entirety before accepting any job offers.
In this section, you'll see the deadline for completing the work, terms of payment and your professional fee (ex. $1000.00). You'll also see the SurePay Escrow fee, which is 10% added on top of your professional fee (ex. $100.00) and the total to be deposited by the client ($1100.00). SurePay conveniently calculates the escrow fee for you and then adds that fee on top of what you want to be paid for the voice over. The quote the clients sees the final total inclusive of the escrow fee, making it easier for them to move ahead knowing in advance what the final total will be.
If the client has any special instructions regarding technical requirements or artistic direction, you'll see those comments in the Agreement Details.
The Counter Offer
If you've sent a counter offer back to the client, they now have the option to click "Yes, I Accept", "Make Counter Offer" or "Sorry, I Decline".
- When the client clicks "Yes, I Accept", you've got a deal!
- When the client clicks "Make Counter Offer", the counter offer is sent back to you and the cycle continues, until you reach a deal by someone clicking "Yes, I Accept". If you've ever purchased a home, this is often how the transaction occurs. This is negotiation in its simplest form.
- If no deal can be reached, either party can click "Sorry, I Decline" at anytime, and the negotiation is terminated.
Most jobs will result in a fair agreement (you did negotiate after all) and so the next step is for the client to make a deposit.
Written by Stephanie Ciccarelli