If you don't know what you don't know...
I started my business last year and have taken a handful of clients through word of mouth. I’ve been fortunate enough not to have any issues, but after completing my first large scale event under my company name, I knew it was time to ‘go legit’ and make sure my clients and I are both legally covered. It gives me peace of mind to know that I can clearly communicate responsibilities and liabilities to my clients.
Jessica, Event Planner
I have been able to tweak the contract to accommodate the needs of each shoot and client. Overall, I think clients take me more seriously when I send a detailed contract over. It shows that I value my business, but I also value my clients in putting these in place.
I've been in business for a long time--too long to not have official, legal contracts. It was always on my list to do, but I just never took the time or made the investment to make it happen. Then a dreamy client asked for some changes to the project agreements I sent her, and I knew it was time to get official. I want to protect myself and my business, but even more so I want to make sure that my clients feel comfortable with the information and access they're giving me to their businesses.
Abby, Writer/Marketing Consultant
I saw many coaching agreements by other coaches, but I wanted something with the proper legal wording that would give me enough confidence to protect both me and my clients. [I]t gave me the confidence I needed to proceed with my business.
I did not want to pay an attorney hundreds/thousands of dollars to prepare a contract for me. I was happy that the template was so easy to use and that I was able to create a contract quickly. I have made minor modifications, but that agreement has already been used 16 times in the past 7 months!