Consulting Services Agreement

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When to Use a Consulting Agreement
This agreement governs the relationship between a consultant and a client. It is a comprehensive, universal document that should be used for any and all consulting service engagements with your clients.

Statement of Work Template Included at No Additional Cost
A free Statement of Work template is included as Exhibit A to help you clearly define the scope of your engagement and your rights and responsibilities in providing your consulting services.

What the Consulting Services Agreement Protects
The consultant agreement identifies the consulting work you are to perform and specifically defines the terms of your working agreement with a client. It sets the limits of your responsibilities to the client and sets the terms of price and payment. The service agreement also protects your intellectual property rights and establishes confidentiality agreements. It limits your losses for the work you perform and prohibits your client from hiring away your key employees. The Consulting Services Agreement also limits your liabilities in the event the client suffers losses due to your errors or omissions.

Provisions Included in the Consulting Agreement

  1. Scope of Services
  2. Price and Payment Terms
  3. Term and Termination
  4. Ownership of Intellectual Property
  5. Confidential Information
  6. Warranty and Disclaimer
  7. Limitation of Remedies
  8. Limitation of Liability
  9. Relation of Parties
  10. Employee Solicitation/Hiring
  11. Miscellaneous Provisions

Exhibit A: Statement of Work

  1. Preamble
  2. Project Background
  3. Scope
  4. Key Tasks and Milestones
  5. Project Deliverables
  6. Time and Cost Estimates
  7. Price and Payment
    1. Invoices
    2. Payment
  8. Project Organization and Personnel Requirements
  9. Supporting Documentation
  10. Expenses
  11. Sample Text from the Consulting Services Agreement Template

    Scope of Services

    Consultant will perform the following work ("Consultant's Work" or the "Work") for Client in accordance with the completion times as set forth in Exhibit A.

    Price and Payment Terms

    Client agrees to cooperate with Consultant's reasonable requests with respect to the scheduling and performance of the work and to pay Consultant for Consultant's Work...

    Confidential Information

    A. All information relating to Client that is known to be confidential or proprietary, or which is clearly marked as such, shall be held in confidence by Consultant and shall not be disclosed or used by Consultant...

    B. All information relating to Consultant that is known to be confidential or proprietary, or which is clearly marked as such, shall be held in confidence by Client and shall not be disclosed or used by Client except to the extent that such disclosure...

    More Information for Consultants Considering ContractEdge

    Create Formal Agreements for All Consulting Jobs
    IT consultants and their clients should always put together a written contract before working together. The consulting contract will clearly define the scope of work, and should remove liability from the consultant, in the event that the consultant’s recommendations don’t pan out. The contract will also outline payment structure and compensation schedule.

    Protect Your Business when Hiring a Consultant

    Consultants can be a valuable asset to any business that is looking to grow. As a business owner, make sure you have a signed consultancy agreement before engaging in any work (or making any payments). Make sure that you are actually getting what you pay for when hiring a consultant – a consulting agreement from ContractEdge will cover everything you need.

    Consulting Contracts to Protect the Consultants

    As a consultant, it is important to protect yourself from companies that you do business with. Often times, businesses might try to change the terms of the agreement, lower or delay payments, and ask you to do much more than originally agreed upon. With a contract in place, your consulting services will be unquestionably defined, along with your payment structure and scope of work. Make sure you get paid for the work you complete when entering into a consultancy agreement.

    Save Time and Money Using Websites Like ContractEdge.com

    Whether you are a business hiring a consultant for outside services, or if you are the consultant providing the services, using template agreements from ContractEdge will save you time and money. With attorney reviewed IT consulting agreements in place, you can confidently hire/work for anyone without fear that you will receive less than you paid for or delivered.

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