The Contract Shop sells legal templates and courses for creative entrepreneurs, online course creators, consultants, coaches and more.
While there are other similar resources out there, they lack the dedication, experience and heart behind The Contract Shop.
Like many of you, I have too many creative passions and in 2014, I was really lost. I wasn’t sure what path I would pursue-- would it be teaching yoga? Selling calligraphy suites? Becoming a freelance graphic designer? Finding a new in-house legal job? Fashion blogging? Training horses? Wedding photography? Painting? I actually tried to make a go at each of these at one point.
While I was good at all these things, none ever emerged as the clear winner. As luck would have it, I accidentally outed myself to a group that’s near and dear to my heart during their Tuesdays Together monthly meetup. I can’t say ‘the rest is history...’ that wouldn’t be fair to you. If you want to read about what that journey looked like, click here, otherwise, on to why this is so kick ass for you!
Here’s the basics though:
Our mission is to preserve and improve the special relationships you work so hard to cultivate as an entrepreneur. We know how hard you work to earn every penny, follower and friendship. We believe a solid definition of these relationships through contracts sets a trustworthy foundation, no matter how much or little experience you have.
In 2014, I was unsure about what I would do with my life. Working in-house as an attorney, I couldn’t help but daydream about a more creative career path. Professionally trained in floral design, I approached floral shops in Atlanta about interning for them as a side gig. Out of the 54 I approached, none got back to me. I learned calligraphy and graphic design for my new blog, and thought about designing stationery (my greatest obsession). Alas, the $15 in sales I was able to scrounge up on Etsy weren’t looking promising as a career choice.
Frustrated, overwhelmed and fearful, I went to a Tuesdays Together meeting to vent with other creatives just trying to ‘make it.’ Coincidentally, the topic of the meeting was contracts, an area I am well-versed in as an intellectual property attorney. I tried to sit back and blend in, but the misinformation and mudslinging got to be too much for me. I finally outed myself as an attorney and the floodgates of questions opened.
It became clear that my fellow creatives needed legal help-- there wasn’t anything or anyone out there to help them. On the one hand, sites like LegalZoom provided contract templates that were too generic and disconnected from the pulse of the creative industry. On the other, hiring an attorney is a difficult process-- you don’t know who is good and who isn’t, and even if you found the cheapest attorney out there, hiring someone to draft your business contracts is an expensive endeavor.
At the end of that meeting as I slipped into my car, I remember texting my partner and telling him I had found my calling as a legal liason for creatives. He texted me back and his exact words were (after many failed business ventures-- he’s incredibly patient): “Well, that’s something you’re uniquely situated to do.”
Originally, I produced and sold contract templates under my own name but as my influence grew, I felt this was bigger than me. I personally moved into more of a consulting role for those toeing the line between revenue and profitability, and re-hauled my contract template store to be even more accessible to you.
What you have today is a one-stop shop for creative entrepreneurs, coaches and wedding professionals looking to shore up their business without cutting corners. I’m proud to offer what I consider to be the best contract templates out there. If you know me, you know one of my flaws is that I can’t help but keep improving + innovating (usually in the shower, where all good ideas come to me).
I hope my little shop is uniquely situated to help you in whatever way it can. If you have any questions, either myself or a team member is always standing by.