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Business Basics: My #1 Contract Source (and Why I love it!)

Running a business can be super fun, but sometimes working out all the little details can be a bit of a struggle. But it totally doesn’t have to be!

Let me introduce you to to my all new Business Basics blog series. (It’s free which is what all budding business owners like you love.) Every month I will discuss a process, resource or tool that has helped me build my business. So, essentially you get to learn from all my trials, errors and hair pulling out and skip to the pretty part where processes and tools are ready to use and extremely useful.

To kick of things off this month I am going to share all about my #1 resource for all things legal, The Contract Shop.

There is just one little item of business before we get started…

I use affiliate links in some of my posts and this is one of them. What does this mean? Well it doesn’t mean much for you (but I like to be an open book!) It does mean if you purchase something through the links in this post, I will get an incentive from the company AND it doesn’t cost you a dime! That being said, I would never suggest something haven’t tried or don’t use myself.

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Next to your kick-ass creative skills, the most important part of your business is your contracts and terms & conditions. Having solid (and easy to read) legal documents that your customers (and you) can understand will give you the ease of mind you need to focus on other parts of you business.

what i love most

a breeze to read

Christina, the mastermind behind The Contract Shop (you can read more about her here,) is great about wording all the legal mumbo jumbo in a way that is easy to take in. You will be amazed at how easy it is to read (and understand) the contracts. Not only is the whole thing in normal language, but Christina even includes examples of complex scenarios to help your clients and you fully understand what can happen.

easy to edit

Each template is super easy to edit. You get a PDF and a Word document that is ready to fine tune to your needs. Editing is super easy because every section you need to edit is highlighted. Plus, with the help of find & replace you can update your business information in a snap. It took me maybe 30 minutes to personalize the custom stationery contract template and terms & conditions and only like 10 minutes for the print release. That’s way quicker (and way more fool proof) than piecing together something to pull you through.

something for everyone

There are so many different template options available and there are options for all sorts of creative businesses. Christina also offers workbooks and courses to help you start your business on the right (legal) foot.

carefully curated bundles

If you are blooming creative and are new to your niche, it can be hard to know exactly what you need in your legal toolbox. Christina has created curated bundles to help you know which items are best for you (and save you some moolah, which we all know is tight in the beginning!) Check them out, they are super awesome!

if your wondering if it’s worth the investment…

abso-effing-lutely!

When I first started out, I pieced together contracts from what I could find on the internet to “just get by”. But here is what I found, I was always nervous that my contract didn’t protect my client or me in the case things didn’t pan out!

Things like:

  • if I didn’t get all the required information by the due date and it caused a delay, what happens?
  • what if there is a late payment (or non-existent) payment? How does it get resolved?
  • what if something happens unexpectedly that makes it so I can’t finish the order? How do we cancel?

Christina has been there done that, so she has included all of these examples and more in each and every contract. There were several places where I thought, “Wow, I never thought of that. Sooo glad she put that in there!”

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Next to your kick-ass creative skills, the most important part of your business is your contracts and terms & conditions. Having solid (and easy to read) legal documents that your customers (and you) can understand will give you the ease of mind you need to focus on other parts of you business. So check out my #1 contract resource and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve!