Last Updated February 2022 by Crystallace
Did you take the leap this year and start that business? If you did, Congratulations! You know I am all about the side hustles. You know that’s why I did my blog makeover because I needed to set it up to where it could make me enough money to pay my student loans.
Anyways, after I did that my blog started blowing up and at times it became a lot to handle. Especially with me still working as a full time lawyer. So, I looked to outsource some tasks to virtual assistants and to my surprise, most of them did not have a virtual assistant contract ready for me to sign.
As a business owner this made me hesitant to hire them. Like I was thinking, “Were they going to run off with my money?” ” “Have they done this before?” “Are they legit or a scammer?”
And to be honest I passed on them and hired virtual assistants who were ready to work and me feel comfortable by presenting themselves as a legit business.
Because the lawyer in me is always looking to help people, especially small business owners like myself, I felt like I needed to write this blog post to all the virtual assistants out there.
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3 Reasons Why Every Virtual Assistant Needs a Virtual Assistant Contract
For must small business owners like me, hiring a virtual assistant can be the difference between success and failure. Having someone as your right-hand person to assist in the everyday business tasks like making Pinterest pins is a great way to free up my time so that I can work on growing my business and increasing my revenue.
So if you’re considering starting a business as a virtual assistant, do it! There are tons of bloggers and business owners that need your support. I’ve shared a bit about why having a side hustle for a different stream of income is so important and I have even blogged about how being a virtual assistant is a great side hustle. I even serve as a virtual assistant for other lawyers.
But what I haven’ talked about is the virtual assistant contract. It’s the number one thing every virtual assistant should have. Today I’m going to tell you why every virtual assistant should have this virtual assistant contract template on hand to edit for new clients.
Not only does having a legally binding virtual assistant contract between yourself and a new client help protect you and your business from lawsuits or non-paying clients, but it will show that you’re a professional who takes their job seriously.
A Virtual Assistant Contract Protects Your Brand
Having virtual assistant contract will help ensure that you have protection for both you and your business.
A Virtual Assistant Contract Helps Keeps Things Consistent
With a virtual assistant contract, both the business owner and the virtual assistant will know what’s expected from the beginning. You want to have a contract that will lay out all of they key detail to help ensure that all deadlines are met, payments are made, and expectations are set.
Much like raising kids, running a virtual assistant business means you’ll need to have a set of expectations and consequences for your clients so that both parties work together to achieve the best outcome and continue an ongoing relationship.
I have worked with some virtual assistants who have screwed me over and I have some that I am a repeat customer of, you obviously want to be the latter.
A Virtual Assistant Contract Helps Your Business Look Professional
When a virtual assistant has a contract ready for new clients to review and sign, it helps the assistant look more professional. This contract will be an added layer to show that you’re ready to work and commit to this client’s business.
What should be included in a virtual assistant contract?
There are a ton of things that go into creating a good legal contract but here are a few thing you want to make sure you have in yours.
You will definitely want to have a payment timeline that features when your VA will be paid for services and when the services are expected to be completed.
As with most service businesses, there’s a risk that your client may change their mind about the project. I have done this before due to unforeseen circumstances. This may come out of nowhere, so you must have a termination provision in your agreement to cover these kinds of incidents.
We’re all working in a virtual world, so it’s more difficult to learn to trust a virtual assistant. Having a confidential and non-disclosure agreement (NDA) paragraph will help make it easier to trust that a virtual assistant will not disclose sensitive business data or trade secrets to someone else.
Regardless of how honest of a person they may appear to be, this is business and business requires everything to be detailed in an agreement for legal protections.
Where you can find a virtual assistant contract
Luckily, I’ve written this Virtual Assistant Contract with the saavy Virtual Assistant in mind. This lawyer approved contract is easy to use and fully customizable to your brand or business.
It covers all of the important things plus a BONUS NDA clause so that you don’t have to use a separate NDA form.
Make the investment in your virtual assistant business today. You would be protecting your business and letting your clients know that you take their business seriously.
Not only will having this contract make you look professional, but it will also help your client place more confidence in the work you’ll be providing because you’ll have the contract details laid out in terms that protect both parties during this remote business transaction.
I’m going to get off my soapbox now and go take a nap. If you have any questions let me know in the comments!