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7878 Method: Contract help

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by TheWordGuy, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. TheWordGuy

    TheWordGuy Newbie

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    I am gathering all the information I can about ORM and am putting together my package and upsells. I am finding some amazing information from all of the threads on BHW and can't thank all of you enough.

    I do have one request though.

    Would anybody who has been doing this be willing to allow me to look over one of your contracts? I know that may be a touchy subject, but it sure would help me out a lot. I just need to know what type of information would go in to one. I have dealt with contracts before, but figuring out what to put in to one in this business is a little beyond my expertise.

    Any type of help is very much appreciated.

    I'm taking action... by asking for a little bit of help.

    Thank you in advance for any help.
     
  2. phracktl

    phracktl Regular Member

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    This on Moz is old, but will point you in the right direction. Tailor to your jurisdiction

    http://moz.com/ugc/seo-contract-template-a-verbal-contract-isnt-worth-the-paper-its-written-on

    The most important parts include, but are not limited to:
    for you - to expressly limit your/your companies liability in every way possible (you have liability insurance of course)

    for the client - commercial terms - delivery and deliverables, title and ownership, commitment period, fee schedule....

    Beyond this - pay a lawyer to help - its a cost of doing business properly

    best
     
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  3. BrandingBaw

    BrandingBaw Power Member

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    When I sell Reputation Management I give clients an invoice and my general terms of service, that's all...
     
  4. originalposter

    originalposter Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I agree. For startups, a general TOS / contract is usually good enough. I wouldn't bother hiring a lawyer to draft up a contract at the moment (personal opinion).
    Wait till you settle down and see profit. When things get a little more serious, then getting a professional TOS draft up seems to make more sense.

    Btw, a good lawyer can always get around the contract and sue your ass anyways. A good contract/TOS isn't quite bulletproof.

    Don't want to get sued or get into trouble? Do your best for your clients!
     
  5. phracktl

    phracktl Regular Member

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    Agree on formulating your own if your starting out. However a good contract protects both parties.

    If you really "Don't want to get sued or get into trouble?...." also look at limiting your personal liability through company formation.