I run a consulting biz on the side (just me), doing odd IT jobs ranging from web development / design / db management etc;
I have typically made small contracts or statements of work for the jobs, but I am curious if there are any free templates / examples (not filled with 30 pages of legal verbiage) that I could use? I want one that I can re-use. Payment terms, estimated time, what happens if I am late on a project, etc.
Anyone run into this before? I don't expect a copy & paste template for a sow or payment contract, but I would like to get something at least to modify to suit my needs.
Thanks appreciate any input.
Disclaimer - I am not a lawyer (IANAL), so don't take any of this as legal advice... this is business advice (and you get what you pay for :-).
Why Has Nobody Answered This Question? I assume that nobody has answered this question (a rarity for this site) simply because contracts/legal documents can be a pretty "gray" area... I see two main paths one might consider...
Either way, I'd understand why someone who took either path would be hesitant to share... if I just spent two grand on a set of legal documents for my business, I'm certainly not going to post them publicly for everyone to use. If I created my own documents, I may not be confident in recommending them to other people. They may suit me fine, but I wouldn't foist them on someone else.
So, now that I've got some context out of the way... Here's my answer to your question... Apologies upfront if I took your simple legal contracts question and blew it up into something much bigger. I just thought it was a good question and worth generalizing.
My Answer (Finally!)
I'd strongly recommend, at first, buying multiple docs (from multiple sources) so you can contrast and compare. After reviewing a couple different versions, you'll probably get a much better sense of what you're looking for.
Lastly, I'd strongly suggest using an attorney for things that are really important. At a certain point in your business, you will (fortunately or not) find real value in having a business lawyer in your corner that you truly trust. 'Self-help' legal can only take you so far.
While I am not a lawyer, I do hope this has been helpful.
At the risk of appearing self-interested, I will agree with the first answer's recommendation to have a lawyer help you with your Independent Contractor Agreement.
Regarding the length of such agreements, you may find "How detailed should a legal document be?" interesting.
Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.