Before we can answer that question, we need to define what a client contract is. A client contract outlines the services or products to be provided and includes payment terms and other important protections. They also go by many other names, including Services Agreements, Engagement Letters, Master Services Agreements (although check out our livestream about why “Master Services Agreement” might not be the best choice), less formal monikers like “terms and conditions”, and a number of industry-specific terms (Consulting Agreements, Production Services Agreements, and more). Essentially, your contract forms the foundation of your relationships with those who hire you.
So, who needs a client contract? More businesses than you might expect! Broadly speaking, service-based businesses or businesses with ongoing relationships with clients benefit the most. Client contracts offer protection to a wide variety of businesses, including software consulting firms, marketing agencies, staffing companies, production companies, wedding and event planners, interior designers, gyms and personal trainers, makeup services, construction, health and wellness professionals (therapists, doctors, dentists, etc.), architects, education businesses, consultants of all types, tutoring, graphic designers, landscapers, lawyers (yes, us too), logistics, photographers, rental companies, and even disaster cleanup services. A client contract provides instant feedback to clients and helps avoid costly litigation. Wherever there is room for interpretation in your business dealings, a well-written client contract will prove useful. And with the help of a G & G Law business contract lawyer, you can have one in use before you can say “Limit my liability.”