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Hi,

I just got my first client and I'm trying to put together a simple contract/agreement for it and am using the Agreement for VA Services that was free from this site. I'm just wondering, with the exception of a few minor changes, is this agreement enough?

For some reason I'm really hung up on the "contract" part of my business and just want to make sure my bases are covered, you know?

Thanks for the help!
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First, congratulations on your first client! Woo hoo! To be perfectly honest, I didn't use a contract with my first two clients. When my third one said, "I assume you have a contract or agreement of some sort?" I gulped and said, "Yes!" And then I created one on the spot, lol.

I've never bought a form anywhere to use. The free forms here and other places are usually enough to get started, and nothing says that you can edit and change your agreement as necessary!

You'll find as your business grows and evolves, that you'll need to update your forms, etc. I've been in business now for just over two years and just revamped my agreement for the third time. :-)

Good luck!

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Congrats on getting your first client. I think that the free contract on this site is sufficient with a few minor tweaks to tailor it for your specific needs. I would also suggest a non-disclosure agreement along with your contract. I think you should be able to find one on here as well.

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First off - CONGRATS on your first client!! Way to go.

Secondly, to answer your question, the free contract on this site should be quite sufficient in conjunction with a confidentiality agreement. (Given the nature of what we do, a confidentiality is very important.)

My service agreement is a mixture of info from the VAF contract and a contract I have used in the past with other service businesses. I choose to have everything in one agreement (contract and confidentiality agreement).

Hope this helps,

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Congratulations on your first client. I'm new to the VA business also, and to this forum. I found this thread helpful so thanks for starting it.

And Julie, thanks for posting your contract. I'm going to check out the free forms also, but yours was pretty thorough.

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Thank you so much! I feel so much better knowing that I'm starting off on the right foot! I appreciate your feedback!

Julie, thanks for so generously sharing our contract with us! It helps to know what other VAs are doing! Thanks!
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Yes, thank you Julie for posting your contract. I've just downloaded yours and the forms from the start up packet on this site. I like that the confidentiality agreement and the contract are in the same document.
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Congratulations on your first client!!

It might be the type of business I'm in (transcription is pretty much all I do) and/or the type of businesses I work with (mostly medium to large corporations), but I have two one-page documents and no welcome packet. I have a one-page agreement that includes a non-disclosure/privacy paragraph, and a rates and information sheet that I reference in the agreement. After I am "hired," I send a thank you note. This year I'm starting a new thing where I send a thank you note on the anniversary date of when we started working together.
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I was thinking of this same thing. The client I have now, is taking advantage of the things I didn't know and that aren't in writing. The site is a great tool. I'm learning so much!
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Thankyou Julie. Your example was great. I did some tweaks to make it more relevantto my country and business but it was definately what I was looking for.
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Thanks for bumping this Josia. I am still working on my contracts. This is so helpful!
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Thank you as well for posting this post and for bringing it back up again. It is very helpful!
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This thread started by asking about the free contract forms on this site. I checked it out and all of them seem to need a minimum of 50 posts. Is this the case will all the contracts? I wanted to take a look at some to guage what information I should put in mu contract. Is the welcome package free as well? What information is in the package. Just starting out, this is my 15th post and I am watching every penny until I get established.
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Yes, I would like to know the same thing. I'm loving this forum, very informative and helpful, but some posts I go to require the 50 minimum.
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There are tons of great resources on this website, too! Not only do I use it often, my clients love the link as well. http://managementhelp.org/ My apologies if everyone already knows about the site. I'm still new here.
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Thank you! Your Contract is extremely helpful
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Thank you for the post (which started some time ago) and thank you so much vrsi-office for the links to your contracts (both old and new). I just signed up today so I haven't met my 50 comments/post yet, but was in need to find a contract since I have a possible client (maybe two) and would like to have a contract on hand when I make my proposal. I'm both nervous and excited since this is a new venture for me. I haven't even come up with a company name or started a website yet, but the opportunity presented it's self to me. So once again, Thanks!
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Thank you for the contract link! I also need help creating documents for my new VA business and have not yet met my comment requirement. Does anyone have any other suggestions such as a really good ebook?
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I actually just Googled "Independent Contractor Sample Contract" and found a bunch of forms. I tweaked it to my needs and got my contract for all of my clients.
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Default Re: Are the Free forms enough?
So far I've had my clients sign my proposal that contains terms and conditions.
However, I do look forward to a more professional approach to the VA services that we'll be offering.
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