A customer relationship management tool, or CRM, is something you likely use as a small business owner. CRMs, as their name suggests, help you manage all your interactions with your customers. Everything from customer support to tracking sales to marketing campaigns to scheduling meetings. You can also keep client information, project deliverables, and communications in some of these tools.
If you use HoneyBook*, Dubsado, or Hello Bonsai, you might’ve noticed that they offer built-in contracts, too. And if you’ve never used one before because you’re not sure if they’re legit, we’re here to answer your questions.
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Don’t use a CRM yet since your business is too young (or maybe hasn’t even launched yet)? Let’s talk about what lots of biz owners and entrepreneurs use CRMs for.
A CRM eliminates the need to use a bunch of different apps, programs, spreadsheets, or databases to track and organize your client data. It’s an all-in-one system that helps you store and analyze your client data.
What can a CRM do? Your CRM can probably handle tasks like:
Something else CRMs offer that you may not have known about? Contracts.
You might be thinking, “Are these legit? How can CRM software offer legal documents? Are they safe to use?”
HoneyBook, Hello Bonsai, and Dubsado all offer contracts that are actuallycontract templates. That means they’re ready-to-use, fill-in-the-blank type contracts. These contracts save time on writing the contracts yourself, and also save money on hiring a lawyer to write a custom contract for you.
Those benefits sound pretty sweet, right? Since we sell contract templates ourselves, we obviously know why contract templates beat out custom contracts.
(Full disclosure: We provide the contract templates for HoneyBook ourselves!)
Now, are these contract templates legally binding? Yes.
HoneyBook specifies that their contracts are legally binding, and clients can review and sign them through their platform. Dubsado’s help article explains the different types of forms they offer and mentions that contracts and sub-agreements are legally binding. Hello Bonsai talks about their vetted contract templates in this blog, too.
The free contracts that come with your CRM are legally binding, legitimate documents. Plus, CRMs can make theelectronic signature process [link to April #1] a little more secure. So you can certainly use them for your business!
Just remember that CRMs offer contract templates based on common business tasks or needs — new client service contracts, project contracts, terms of agreement. Based on what your business offers, you may not find everything you’re looking for in that free, basic contract template.
A photographer who wants to cover copyright and ownership in their contract will need something different from a coach, who may want to prioritize confidentiality.
So, while your contract templates are legally sound because they’re vetted and approved by lawyers, they may not have everything you’re looking for inyourcontracts. And that’s totally okay.
That’s why The Contract Shop® offers a wide variety of contract templates specific to certain niches, industries, and professions. Contract templates are great, and small biz owners in all sorts of spaces deserve to have one that fulfills their business needs. Browse our shop and find one that’s perfect for you!
As a bonus, when you purchase one of our contracts, you become a member of the K-Club! You’ll gain exclusive access to trainings, checklists, and other resources to help you customize your contract and ensure that it’s rock solid. Pretty cool, right? Find your contract now!
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