“I didn’t know I needed anything in my business”
“I thought it was okay to copy/paste from other websites!”
“I pieced together my own contract by copying others and finding some online.”
These are three very common admissions I hear from customers of mine, and those who attend my quarterly free Legal Basics training sessions. (Click here to join my email list and be notified of future trainings!) The fact is, if any of these three sentences sound like you: you are not alone…BUT – you are most likely currently breaking the law.
LET’S AVOID THAT ASAP.
Additionally – if you have copied legal documents from other people / from Googling and pasting things together that sound legitimate…it is VERY likely you are committing copyright infringement – a violation of Federal Law. This is NO DIFFERENT than stealing someone else’s content, photos, blogs, course copy, etc. Legal documents are typically protectable, and you may be stealing from the attorney who drafted the agreement.
This is true EVEN if the person who gave it to you gave you permission. Unless the ATTORNEY who wrote it gave you permission = you do not have permission to use it. I have dealt with many entrepreneurs (even the 6 and 7-figure ones) try to copy documents from my customers, and it’s just NOT worth it guys. In a world where we are all trying to be original and build businesses to serve others, do not try to protect your business with stolen goods!
SO how can you get your own, and what the heck do you even need?
If you offer 1:1 Services: You need a Client Agreement, drafted by an attorney who knows the online space. Get yours HERE, or as part of the full BEGINNERS’ BUNDLE HERE. Your client will sign this document (by printing and scanning or via a digital signature + email confirmation that they have signed it).
I highly recommend you take advantage of these templates, if you need any of these documents. I see WAY too many business owners in hot water because they did not want to spend the money up front and tried to do it themselves, only to end up in court, at odds with a client, or stuck not being able to collect money owed to them because the contract was not valid. In these situations, the cost of NOT complying is way more than the cost of getting things set up correctly in the beginning.
Let’s make sure your virtual businesses are properly set up, so you can work remotely and depend on your income during these uncertain times!