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Good morning,

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this. I'm just curious if your clients have asked you to sign an Independent Contractor Agreement, along with NDAs. If so, have they also been willing to sign your contracts?

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I won't work with anyone that won't sign my contract. They either sign it, or they can find someone else to work with. It's protection for me and for the client.

I'm not sure what you mean by Independent Contractor Agreement. That's something that would come from you, not the client. I would think anyway. You are the contractor. But maybe I'm not understanding the meaning behind the use of the term in this context.

As to NDA's, yes I'd sign it. There's no reason not to unless it stipulates that you can't speak to the law if the law approaches you about something the client is doing.
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I always present my own contract but will sign a client's NDA - if they don't have one or ask for one I include my own as well.

In two situations a client presented me with *their* contract and instead of going back and forth with them about who's contract we would use, I instead went through their contract with them and pointed out clauses that we needed to edit to reflect my own policies, and I added my own clauses to the end of their contracts as necessary. Again, this has only happened twice but was well worth the extra time to work out the details, etc. as the projects were large and the clients were both long term.

I probably would not go to so much trouble for a smaller project or if a client was not understanding of the need to address clauses that did not reflect my own needs as a business owner.

Otherwise, you should always present your own contract.
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Sorry guys I am relatively new, but what is a NDA?
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Non-disclosure agreement.

I have a client that I consult at one day per week and I signed their consultant agreement. That was a few months ago and recently we made a revision to the agreement because I went from consulting there two days per week to one day per week so when they drew up the addendum I emailed the CFO my payment terms because their contract didn't have any. She mentioned that their contract was standard and I then I mentioned that I still need her to add the payment terms, so she did, and I signed it.
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Hi Loraine No worries! 'NDA' is short for 'Non Disclosure Agreement' - it protects the client (and you if worded correctly) from either party sharing confidential, personal, or proprietary information with anyone else for the duration of the working relationship (and usually beyond).

There are some free templates for download in the document library, here (you do need a minimum number of posts to access this section of the forums.)
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Hi Karyn,

While I am not an attorney I do know that an Independent Contractor (IC) Agreement is usually created just to clarify that you are not an employee for tax/governmental purposes for the client.

Some can be far reaching and over-step the boundaries, but if all they are simply stating is that I am not an employee, but rather and IC, (i.e. responsible for my own taxes, business, I manage myself, where I work, etc.) than I sign them. However I will caution again that I am not an attorney
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Thanks everyone for your replies. His ICA does specify that I am not an employee, am responsible for payment my own taxes, describes the services/products I will support, etc. I haven't seen any red flags in it, I was just curious if other clients are asking their VAs to sign something similar.

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