I really hope that they sign the contract soon.
And that they don’t have any questions about it ….
And that we don’t end up having any issues …
How many times have you sent a contract over to a potential client that you knew you couldn’t explain to them, because you yourself didn’t understand it? So you crossed your fingers that they’d feel as intimidated as you, and would just sign it without questions.
Or worse, have you ever had a client issue arise, but you couldn’t use your contract to back you up, because you didn’t understand what it was actually saying and protecting you against?
Which led to you just buckling to the clients’ demands, even if you knew that they weren’t fair, and that in theory, you should be protected by your contract … if only you understand it enough to tell themhow.
These scenarios are why every contract we sell also comes with our signature Hold My Hand™ Guide, because we not only want you to be protected - we want you to understand and be able to uphold those protections!
When you purchase a contract from The Contract Shop ©, your template is ready to plug-and-play and upload to your website or client relationship management system as it is. In fact, you can get your contract ready to go in less than ten minutes!
However, it’s so important to understand what it is that you’re sending to your potential clients, so that you can answer whatever questions they may have, and also so that you can defend your contract should a dispute arise. Which is where the Hold My Hand™ Guide comes into play.
This guide is a full video course on exactly what each part of your contract means, and how you can adjust it for your needs. With 32 different videos, you can watch the entire thing, or skip right to the section you need a better understanding of.
Inside, the guide is broken down into 6 major sections that correlate to how contracts are broken up.
Deceptively simple, understanding how to refer to each party, as well as the key contact information you’ll need to have is pivotal in ensuring that your contract is well protected. We cover everything you need to know about the very first part of your contract. We also cover the “Purpose of the Agreement” section and how you can customize that for yourself and your needs.
The heart of the contract is the “Terms” section, and within that section, you’ve got quite a few different clauses that you’ll need to understand to fully customize your contract. The Hold My Hand™ Guide covers ten of those clauses from services to late fees to confidentiality and beyond.
Trademarks, copyrights, who owns the creation, ensuring that the client agrees that they’ve researched your style … there’s a lot to cover when it comes to your intellectual property in your contract. Which is why we have seven different video guides on the Intellectual Property section of your contract inside the Hold My Hand™ Guide.
What happens if a client wants to terminate their contract? Or, what if you(the contractor) want to terminate your contract with a client? What about rescheduling, no shows, or something happening outside of the contractor and the client’s control that prevents the service from taking place (such as, we don’t know … a global pandemic)? Don’t you worry, because we’re covering all of that inside the guide!
The General Provisions section sets out some of the standard legal terms in your contract. These cover a range of topics from giving notice to each other, to governing law, amendments to the contract, dispute resolution, and more. With eight videos covering eight important clauses within this section, you’ll have a strong understanding of exactly what some of these miscellaneous clauses mean and cover.
The final section inside of the Hold My Hand™ Guide is the signatures section. This is another one of those sections thatseems straightforward, but can be a bit complicated in practice. The good news is that we’ll walk you through it inside of the Guide!
So, how do you get access to the Hold My Hand™ Guide in order to better understand your contracts? The good news is that you get the guide free with your purchase of a contract from The Contract Shop ©. Once you purchase, you’ll immediately and automatically be sent login information to be able to access the full video course.
As much as we love the Hold My Hand™ Guide, customers love it just as much! This customer loves the fact that the guide has helped her understand her contracts so that she can answer questions from clients about them:
And this customer loves that the guide covers what you, the contractor, need to know as well as what the client needs to know so that everything is clear:
If you’re ready to understand your contracts, be able to explain them to potential clients, and defend them in the case of a client dispute - it’s time to snag yourself a contract and take advantage of the Hold My Hand™ Guide that you’ll get alongside the contract!
And if you want to ensure that you have air-tight, feel-good contracts you’re proud to share with your clients, be sure to download the Rock Solid Contract Checklist. This free checklist is a comprehensive guide that will walk you through everything you need to know about putting together a contract like the professional you are!
Amanda Warfield is a simplicity-focused content marketing and launch strategist, author of the book Chasing Simple Marketing, and host of Chasing Simple - a podcast to help creative entrepreneurs uncomplicate their marketing and business. She traded in her classroom lesson plans for speaking and educating creative entrepreneurs on sustainably fitting content marketing into their business, without it taking over their business - so that they have time to grow their business.
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