A contract represents a meeting of the minds.
It’s a mutual agreement. One party lays out the terms, the other party willingly agrees.
The terms of your contract should be clear, concise and most importantly they must be LEGAL.
I worked with a loose-goosey contract for years without any problems….until one day, I actually ran into a problem.
A contract doesn’t exist simply to explain your payment terms; it’s there to define what action will be taken in the event that one party fails to fulfill their side of the bargain.
Here are 10 Things I wish I had in my contract from day 1:
- Acceptance clause. (Section 3 of my contract! This one is essential.)
- Things I won’t agree to. (Can I get an A-mend?)
- Minimums and reduction clauses. (What’s the bottom line?)
- Exclusivity clause. (Only You.)
- Disputes. (Who’ll litigate, mediate or arbitrate?)
- Rights to use images & Make substitutions!
- Force majeure. (‘cause every contract’s gotta have one.)
- Rentals. (Security deposits and billing for damaged goods.)
- Additional work. (May be billed.)
- Payments & Termination. (Who can cancel?)
Included in this pdf you get the 14 Terms & Conditions I include in my contract, along with notes on some of my very favorite and most important parts, plus I’ve added 10 additional clauses you might want to consider, and a BONUS e-mail template, “What if someone asks you to modify your contract?”.
“I feel like some of us don’t have a great contract…and your course really helps cover all the bases, ESPECIALLY for weddings and events…I’d say the contract [is my favorite course].” -Autumn (from the Facebook group)
I’ve been asked about florist contracts and my usual response has been, “I am not a lawyer. I don’t give advice on contracts.”
I’ve received quite a few contracts questions over the past few years, which indicates that this is something floralpreneurs really need, so I decided to open up my wedding contract to you, as well as some important notes on additional clauses you might want to consider for your own contract.
You want to have a contract drafted and/or reviewed by a local attorney who’s aware of what is and is not legally enforceable where your business is located. (What’s legal in one state or province or country may not be legal in another.)
Legal disclaimer #2: I am not a lawyer. (And I am definitely not your lawyer.) The information in this course is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. The author is not liable for any losses or damages related to actions of failure to act related to the content in this course. If you need specific legal advice, consult with an attorney.
Here’s what’s included in Contracts For Florists:
- 14 Terms & Conditions of my contract,
- 10 Additional clauses or phrases you may consider adding,
- 1 parting thought, “Not everyone can be your customer!”,
- Plus a Bonus E-mail Template: Can You Modify Your Contract?
More from Alison:
A strong, solid contract is a must if you own a flower business. If you’ve been skating by with a freewheeling, loosey-goosey contract it’s time for an upgrade.
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LAWYER. I’M A FLORIST! (BUT YOU KNOW THAT!) The information in this course is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. The author is not liable for any losses or damages related to actions of failure to act related to the content in this course. If you need specific legal advice, consult with an attorney.
THIS COURSE INCLUDES THE EXACT LANGUAGE OF MY WEDDINGS/EVENTS CONTRACT, AS WELL ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS FOR TERMS & CONDITIONS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER ADDING, HOWEVER, YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN ATTORNEY WHEN DRAFTING A CONTRACT.