When you're working as a consultant, contracts can make or break a project. They outline not only what you're responsible for achieving but also how disputes will be resolved, what and how you'll be paid, and what happens if something goes wrong. And if something does go wrong and a client decides to sue you over your work, contracts are often your first line of defense in court.
In other words, it's hard to overstate the importance of good contracts when you're working as a business consultant. Because of that, it's always wise to consult with legal counsel when drafting these documents. If you don't have the kind of cash flow that allows you to hire lawyers willy-nilly to look over your paperwork, consider working with a legal representative to draft boilerplate contracts that you can adapt as needed for various projects you undertake.
In the meantime, you can look over these samples to get an idea of the kind of language and provisions often included in some of the contracts business consultants need most often.
Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are tools to prevent the sharing of proprietary information. Your clients may require you to sign an NDA before working with information such as customer lists, trade secrets, or confidential details about how the business is run. If you choose to work with a contractor or sub-contractor, you may request that he or she sign an NDA as well.
If your business grows in such a way that you need business support, you may choose to hire a freelancer. This sample contract outlines the terms and conditions that commonly govern the relationship between business consultants and the freelancers they hire.
Note: These sample contracts are for educational purposes only. They are not offered as and do not constitute legal advice or opinions.