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Contracts To Start a Business

When you are starting a business, it is easy to just take off and go. There are so many different balls to juggle that focusing on legally protecting your business can easily be overlooked. While branding, marketing, and designing retail spaces are all a lot more fun than reviewing contracts, those legal agreements are critical to the success of your venture. So, what contracts do you need to start your business?

Articles of Incorporation

A big mistake many small business owners make is not establishing a proper business structure. Running as a sole proprietorship may sound good in theory, but it comes with heavy legal liabilities that can extend into your personal life. If you are the sole owner, opt for an LLC, and if there are multiple shareholders, form a C corporation.

Service Contracts

Assuming your business offers services in addition to or instead of selling a product, you will need a service contract. This should be written to eliminate any misunderstandings and to also prevent you from taking on more liability than you should. It should also establish when you can complete the services and any fees associated with this, including a provision for additional fees given unforeseen circumstances.

Sales Contracts

If your company will be selling products, sales contracts are key. Here, you specify the price the products sell form, terms and conditions related to their sale, and if there are any warranties or guarantees. This contract doesn’t need to be a stand-alone document, depending on what is being sold. In many cases, it is just the fine print on an invoice.

Confidentiality Agreements

Also called a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA, confidentiality agreements are meant to keep confidential or proprietary information private. It can be easy to assume your business doesn’t have much in the way of “secrets” to keep, but the truth is that nearly all businesses do, even if it is just the private information of customers.

Website Terms of Use

Few businesses can succeed without an online presence. While a website is critical to marketing your company and the products or services you offer, it can also open you up to certain legal liabilities. Make certain you have a terms of use agreement between yourself as the site owner and anyone who makes a purchase through your site.

Partnership Agreements

If you are going into business with another person, a partnership agreement will help keep your working relationship smooth. The purpose of this contract is to record how the partners plan to work together and their shared vision for the company. This should include responsibilities, contributions, asset ownership, and division of profits.

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