Sometimes, customers may ask you to sign their contract instead of them signing yours. It doesn't matter which contract you use, as long as it is legally binding. A contract not only safeguards you as an independent consultant, but it also protects your client. Your willingness to commit to a legal independent contractor contract can often help establish a strong relationship based on your client's trust.
This can help them overcome any questions they may have about hiring an independent consultant. Advantage's exclusive membership program provides personalized support to small businesses to develop their project portfolio, strengthen their business operations, reduce administrative burden and free up time to reinvest in serving their customers. An effective business consulting agreement should include most, if not all, of the following information:
- The scope of the project
- The timeline for the project
- The payment terms
- The non-compete clause
- The confidentiality agreement
- The termination clause
A commercial contract is a legal document between a consultant and a client; it involves what lawyers call “an exchange of value”. In a virtual assistant contract, both parties must agree on the specific set of tasks and deliverables for which the virtual assistant will be responsible. This document helps protect both the virtual assistant and the business owner and can help avoid any misunderstanding. However, a virtual assistant contract is essential for virtual assistants starting out for the first time, as it will serve as a business foundation.
Some virtual assistants believe that contracts are optional and are only intended for companies with multiple VAs or business owners who have a large team of virtual assistants under their command. Many virtual assistants (VAs) are starting out for the first time and, as a result, often forget to treat the customer-VA relationship as a business transaction, requiring a virtual assistant contract. A virtual assistant contract is a conduct agreement between a virtual assistant and the virtual assistant's client. A virtual assistant contract, or simply a VA contract, is a legally binding document that details the agreement between a virtual assistant and the employer they work with.
A business consulting agreement protects both consultants and customers and ensures that there are no misunderstandings during the project. It is essential for virtual assistants starting out for the first time, as it will serve as a business foundation. It should include most, if not all, of the following information: scope of the project, timeline for the project, payment terms, non-compete clause, confidentiality agreement and termination clause.