Episode 184: Try This Before You Get Sued

contracts solo show Jul 22, 2021

Today's episode is part four of the Contract Series where I share what to do if a client is planning to sue you.

 

Client issues are more common than you think, and client issues do not mean you're not good at what you do. Sometimes we fuck up, sometimes we just have messy clients. There will always be client issues when it comes to owning a business.

 

Back on Episode 112, I spoke with DJ Kevin Dennis about his experience with the legal system with a lawsuit from a couple about Kevin's contract and COVID related cancellation refund. Similarly, last year on Judge Judy a client sued a wedding planner for a refund due to a COVID cancelation/postponement. The planner said the retainer was non-refundable and have already substantially performed under the contract.

 

I give you examples not to scare you but to show you that even for small businesses with contracts under $5,000 can get into legal disputes.

 

If it looks like you're heading down this road with a...

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Episode 183: Outlining Your Payment Terms in Your Contract

contracts solo show Jul 15, 2021

Today's episode is part three of the Contact Series.  If you missed the last two weeks, go back and check out the first two episodes in the series

Five Ways Small Businesses Typically Taking Payments:

1. Hourly Payment - Most common along virtual assistants, coaches, consultants. If you have a no cancelation policy, you are better off charging a package price so you are still compensated for any hours you miss due to the client's no-show

2. Monthly - Conover with coaches, VAs, and even wedding planners. Monthly payments can be on a schedule, for example for a wedding planner let's say it's $12,000 you can say it's $1,000 a month that way if there is a cancelation you've still been paid for the months of work you did leading up to the event. 

3. Flat fee per project - Common for graphic designers, web designers, creators who sell physical or digital goods.  When you offer a flat fee per project you can split the payments into all the payment up-front, half up-front...

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Episode 182: Defining Your Scope of Services in a Contract

contracts solo show Jul 08, 2021

On today's episode, I continue the Contract Series with the importance of outlining your scope of services as a way to avoid the dreaded "Scope Creep."

 

Scope of services is what I view as one of the two most important parts of a contract. Typically we enter a contract because we are selling something in exchange for money. The contract needs to define what it is we are giving the client (product, service, etc.) and what they are giving us in return (money, exchange, etc.).

 

In a barebones, napkin contract, you'd have the names of the parties, what it is you are offering (scope) and what it is you are receiving in return (payment terms).

 

Scope creep is a very real thing, often happening to service-based business providers when the client starts to ask for more and more things (often little by little) that are not explicitly highlighted in the contract.

 

If you have multiple packages available, you will want to have a contract template for each level of...

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Episode 181: The Importance of Clear, Detailed Contracts

contracts interview Jul 01, 2021

On today's episode, my guest, Danait Berhe, Founder & Brand Strategist of The Asmara Agency, shares her insight on evolving your contract as your business grows.

 

Offering a wide scope of services from logo and web design to brand refreshes, Danait's scope of services changes for each and every client which means each client is getting their own custom contract.

 

Clarity is key when it comes to contracts. Start by spelling out all the details in your proposal before the contract so your client understands what they will be getting and the timeline for the project to be completed so this way you can accommodate and charge for any changes as you move them into the contract and need to charge additional rates for faster results.

 

Be sure to include:

-updated scope of services - define what they're getting out of the services

-project schedule - detailed timeline of when to expect client responses and what happens if the client does not respond by the specified...

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Episode 077: Should you have your clients sign a COVID waiver

contracts solo show Jul 28, 2020

On this episode, I answer the question "With all this Covid-19 stuff happening and state/local mandates beginning to loosen up, as an event coordinator/planner/venue, what are key things a waiver should have?"

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Episode 076: Your Company's COVID Policy

contracts solo show Jul 23, 2020

On this episode, I share a quick tip on how to keep your clients up-to-date on current happenings with regard to COVID-19.

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Episode 075: Postponements and cancellations in event contracts

contracts solo show Jul 21, 2020

On this episode, I answer the question "I need to revamp my company's contract (wedding planning business) to cover postponements, cancellations and to include force majeure.

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Episode 073: Are non-refundable deposits really non-refundable?

contracts solo show Jul 14, 2020

On this episode, I answer the question "If your contract says you do not refund deposits if you do not perform, is that enforceable?

 

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Episode 072: AB5 update for photographers

contracts other legal Jul 09, 2020

On this episode, I walk you through updates to AB5, California's new contractor law, which could potentially create carveouts for some wedding pros.

 

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Episode 071: How much should contract revisions cost you?

contracts solo show Jul 07, 2020

On this episode, I answer the question "What is an acceptable fee to expect to pay to have your current contract reviewed and revised as needed?"

 

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