Contracts seems scary and intimidating, right? Well, they do to me! But not anymore and they shouldn’t be to you either. As a bride or a photographer, you need to double check contracts and make sure you fully understand all the terms and conditions laid out.
So, today I want to talk about why you should double check your contracts and a few contract tips.
- Don’t hire a professional without a contract
- Seriously, don’t. When you are planning your wedding, you need to have a contract in place. And this isn’t only because you will need to refer back to it if things don’t go as planned. It is also because of all the reasons I am going to list below. Really though, make sure there is a contract in place when you hire any professional services.
- Use contracts even for friends and family.. especially for friends and family!
- Working with friends and family (as the client or the business) can be tough. So, eliminate room for error by setting up a contract. If there are addendum’s or changes, that’s fine. But make sure there is still a legal document laying out all the criteria for your work together.
- Contracts are to set the standard and expectation of everyone
- Both from the business side (when will services be rendered, what services exactly, how much they cost, etc.) and the client side (when is the balance due, what if I need to reschedule/cancel, when will the product be delivered, etc.). So, to make sure all parties don’t have any unanswered questions, all information setting up the standard expectations should be in the contract. More reason to double check your contract!
- Hold all parties accountable!
- This is a big reason contracts are necessary and you need to double check them. Holding everyone accountable. If the contract states that the business is going to provide a service for X amount of hours and the client is paying XYZ per hour, great. But what happens if the business provides less time than contracted? What if the client doesn’t pay the invoice on time? These are things that keep all parties accountable to the expectations set.
So, if you are a professionally looking to make sure your contract covers you, get it checked professional. The cost of that is a lot less than a legal cost would be down the road! There are also some great resources like The Law Tog and The Legal Paige.
And if you are a client who is signing the contract, ask questions to clarify things that you need to! Make sure you read through the entirety of the contract and know what you’re agreeing to because your signature is legally binding.
Don’t be scared! Just double check! If you’re looking for other business tips, you should check out my Passion to Profit course!
Can you tell I’m not a lawyer?