Creating a standard agreement is a crucial step in ensuring that all parties involved understand their rights, responsibilities, and obligations. But many coaches, small business online service providers and most virtual assistants, don’t use agreements before they start working with a client. This leads to many angry and disappointed relationships.
Do you know how much headaches and confusion can be avoided by having your agreements include expected deliverables, cancellation procedures, errors and omissions, etc.? Fellow business owners and (if you are a service provider like myself, I and you are reading this, I already consider you as one of) my colleagues, along with sending a proposal that client agrees to your price, please send them an agreement because it protects you as the provider and makes it very clear for your client what they are receiving from you too. So, by following these tips, you can create an agreement that is clear, concise, and legally binding.
Tip #1 Identify the parties involved
The first step in creating a standard agreement is identifying the parties involved. This includes the name and contact information of the individual or company providing the service or goods, as well as the individual or company receiving them.
Tip #2 Define the terms of the agreement
The next step is to define the terms of the agreement. This includes the scope of work, the delivery date, the payment terms, and any other important details related to the agreement.
Tip #3 Include a disclaimer and termination clause
A disclaimer and termination clause should be included in the agreement. The disclaimer should state that the agreement is binding and that the parties involved are aware of the terms and conditions. The termination clause should state that either party may terminate the agreement in case of breach of terms.
Tip #4 Use clear and concise language
It is important to use clear and concise language in the agreement. This ensures that all parties understand the terms and conditions of the agreement. Avoid using legal jargon or complex language that may be difficult to understand.
Tip # 5 Review and proofread
Before finalizing the contract, it is important to review and proofread it to ensure that there are no errors or inconsistencies. This is an important step to ensure that the agreement is legally binding and can be enforced if necessary.
Tip #6 Get it signed
Once the agreement is reviewed and proofread, it should be signed by all parties involved. This can be done in person or electronically, but it is important that all parties have a copy of the signed agreement.
In conclusion, if you are currently working for yourself as a service provider, please start having an agreement as a standard procedure before working with your next client. This will help ensure that all parties involved understand their rights and obligations, and that disputes can be resolved quickly and efficiently. And can be avoided too!