How to Write and Negotiate a Consultant Contract
Why a consultant contract is important
It is important for the modern independent consultant to realize that we live in an age where people within client organizations change quickly. Without a written agreement of terms, you are without protection.
- Contracts are part of establishing a non-employee relationship with your client. It not only protects you – it protects your client. If an organization misclassifies an employee as “independent contractor,” they could be held liable for penalties, extra taxes, recordkeeping, and safety requirements. A contract is an important step in validating the independent contractor relationship that you enter into with a client.
- Contracts ensure that you and the client have put your respective expectations in writing. A contract clearly articulates the services to be performed, the timeline for completion, duration of the contract, and payment terms and conditions. Consulting contracts establish a solid foundation for you and your client.
How to write a consultant contract
A consulting agreement can be as simple as a single page or a lengthier document; what matters is that you have a legal framework in place, signed by both parties, that covers the worst case scenario.
To write a consultant contract that protects your business, it is necessary to understand:
- the types of contracts and agreements you may want to use, including Master Services Agreements, Independent Contractor agreements and Memorandums of Understanding
- key terms used in contracts and what they mean
- terms and contract language to avoid
- how to include your payment terms
- how to negotiate contract terms
Download our guide to learn more and also receive sample agreements, such as:
- a Sample Independent Contractor Agreement
- a Sample Consulting Agreement
- a Sample Consulting Contract with Concerns Highlighted
Download our Consulting Contracts Guide