3 May 2024 5 mins

Crafting contracts might not be as thrilling as brainstorming creative campaigns or working with the latest tech, but trust us, it’s the backbone of a flourishing business.

So, let’s dive into five tips to keep your contracts shipshape.

  1. Be crystal clear on the scope of work:
    Imagine planning a road trip without a satnav – daunting, right? Well, the same goes for your contracts. Ambiguity over what your agency is expected to deliver will undoubtedly lead to misunderstandings and potential chaos. Break down the nittygritty – specific services, timelines, and any potential extra costs. Clarity is your best co-pilot!
  2. Don’t dance around payment terms:
    Money talks, and so should your contracts. Skipping over payment details is like setting sail without checking the weather forecast. Specify the payment schedule, methods, and sprinkle in a pinch of late fees if necessary. A well-defined payment plan ensureseveryone’s on the same page, preventing awkward financial discussions.
  3. Protect your creative babies – Define Intellectual Property:
    In the creative realm, ideas are gold. Don’t leave room for “But, who owns this masterpiece?” disputes. Clearly state who owns the creative work and any licensing agreements. It’s like putting a copyright umbrella over your genius ideas, shielding them from potential danger.
  4. Knowledge is power – Embrace confidentiality:
    In the world of marketing, secret information is currency. Safeguard your proprietary information and client data with robust confidentiality clauses. This not only builds trustbut also ensures that your agency’s secret sauce remains, well, a secret.
  5. Plan for the unexpected – Craft solid termination clauses:
    Life is unpredictable, and so is business. Don’t be caught off guard – outline clear termination terms. Define the conditions under which either party can call it quits and what happens next. Think of it as a business prenup, setting expectations and ensuring a clean break if needed.

Bonus tip:

Don’t forget, if you’re teaming up with freelancers for client projects, make sure their agreements match your client contracts. Be crystal clear about project details, who owns the creative concepts, mirror confidentiality rules and data protection so they are the same way for everyone. This way, you’re not only making things run smoother but also covering bases for all concerned.

Think of these tips as the very basics to make sure your agency is protected. For more specific tailored advice, talk to the lawyers who talk your language.

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Ryan Lisk

Ryan has helped a vast number of businesses protect and control their intellectual property as well as drafting and advising on consumer and commercial contracts.

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