No one expects things to go wrong with a client. In fact, you’ve done a lot of work so far to make sure you are working with the RIGHT clients.
But if you run a profitable service business, it’s going to happen at some point, which is why it’s a good idea to have a signed client contract for every project.
Think of it as the operating manual for how the client relationship is going to work.
If there’s a disagreement about the scope of the project or deadlines, you can reference your written, signed agreement. It also gives you ironclad proof in the event your client refuses to pay.
A common mistake new service businesses make is naively thinking they don’t need to have a contract. This usually lasts until the first time they get burned by a problem client.
To avoid this, take the time to create a contract that protects you AND your client in the event things go south.
If you’re looking to get a contract reviewed or drafted,