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Legal question for consultants

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by grayjoe, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. grayjoe

    grayjoe Newbie

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    I own a firm and we develop solutions for websites to increase their sales. This is mainly done through a/b testing and conversion rate optimization. In 2014 we developed an amazing solution that is just ridiculously successful on every retailer we tried it on.


    The issue is we are taking this solution to potential clients. These are large companies and they have heard it all before. They want to see what the actual solution is, but if we show them then they can just implement it themselves and say something like "we were planning on that". It is so simple that their developers can set it up in a couple weeks. But, this is our simple idea. This is what we do. We develop simple ideas that generate a lot of revenue for our clients.


    Is there a general contract that can protect us so we can show companies exactly how our solution works without them using it unless they pay us our full fee? I prefer to find/buy a pre made agreement and modify it. We are just not sure what to look for.
     
  2. TayaX

    TayaX Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I'm not sure why a "consultant" should answer to that. This is not a legal question actually.
    A/B testing and Convertion rate optimisation are "public domain" and everyone is able to do it with their ressources.
    What you should focus on is the vavlue you bring on the table. If a simple employee is able to do the same job as you in their company, then you bring nothing to the table but the simple "A/B testing" idea. You can't ask them to sign something on such matter.

    What would work more in your case is :
    - Get clients good results from your method, testimonials, numbers.
    - Make a simple presentation of what you offer, you can even talk about how you do it, AB testing, CR optimization, but don't show them how it's done in details. Just general terms.
    - Sign the contract.

    Numbers talks, if you've proven yourself competent wiht other companies, they will trust you and hire you;
    Don't show them the method, show them the numbers, because a business cannot be only a "simple idea".
     
  3. Reyone

    Reyone Elite Member

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    This looks like a pathetic sales attempt.

    If you really had that ridiculously amazing method, you would have absolutely no problem on getting clients. Once you succeed with a client, it will lead you onto another one and so on (unless you are dealing with aliens).
     
  4. grayjoe

    grayjoe Newbie

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    I am not talking about the process. I am talking about a very specific idea. This should be intellectual property, not public domain, right? This is not something like testing the color of the button either. It is simple, but also very complex. It was our idea, companies can't just take it. That is like an advertising firm presenting an idea for an ad and then the company says no thanks and uses the concept anyways. That company would be sued.
     
  5. grayjoe

    grayjoe Newbie

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    I never said we had an issue getting clients. We do fine, thanks. We want to package a specific solution that we developed and sell it at a premium. I am just trying to get as much feedback as possible to make sure we take the best path.