When was the last time you reviewed your customer agreements? Have your products and services changed over time?
These agreements are often the first and only legal document your clients will see. Having a clear agreement that addresses common payment issues, service or warranty offers, and other major terms will save you money.
No matter the size and scope of your goals, it is crucial to have a well-written and clear Customer Agreement governing the compensation paid to the business and what goods or services you will provide.
Setting clear boundaries or expectations prevents future disagreements, unhappy clients, and avoids losing money. If you have large ticket/high price per customer, a legally enforceable document will increase the chances of closing each sale. These clients are expecting a legal agreement that can be reviewed by legal counsel. Shouldn't you have your own lawyer as well?
If your average customer is smaller, consider putting business friendly terms and conditions to protect your time and prevent hundreds of customers wanting to get refunds or minor complaints.
Whatever route you take, be sure to document the terms, timing, and expectations to protect your revenue with a Customer Agreement.
Types of agreement
Master Services Agreement (MSA)
This is ideal for a longstanding relationship between you and your client. The MSA outlines the basic relationship regarding parties, obligations, payment terms, dispute resolution, and other important terms.
Statement of Work/Invoices
This is an ancillary document that must be included for each project after a customer has signed an MSA. The Statement of Work or Invoice will provide specific details on the product, quantity, dates of production, delivery, and price. Dividing these pieces will save your company time by allowing salespeople and lower-level managers to approve smaller projects once a vendor relationship has been established via the MSA.
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