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Order Number:

This Contract (this "Contract") is made effective as of , by and between

, of , ,

, and , of , .

  1. ITEMS PURCHASED.  agrees to sell, and  agrees to buy, the following products (the "Goods") in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Contract:



    Unit Price:

    Total Price:

    TOTAL: $

  2. PRODUCT STANDARDS. The Goods shall comply with industry standards.

  3. TITLE/RISK OF LOSS. Buyer shall pay reasonable shipping costs in accordance with its shipping instructions, but the seller shall be responsible for packaging, shipping and safe delivery and shall bear all risk of damage or loss until the goods are delivered to the buyer's address.

  4. PAYMENT. Payment shall be made to , ,  

    . agrees to pay in installment payment(s) of

    $per .

    Payment discount terms are as follows: a 0 percent discount if total bill is paid within days.

    If any invoice is not paid when due, interest will be added to and payable on all overdue amounts at   percent per year, or the maximum percentage allowed under applicable laws, whichever is less.

    shall pay all costs of collection, including without limitation, reasonable attorney fees.

    In addition to any other right or remedy provided by law, if fails to pay for the Goods when due, has the option to treat such failure to pay as a material breach of this Contract, and may cancel this Contract and/or seek legal remedies.

  5. DELIVERY. Time is of the essence in the performance of this Contract.  will arrange for delivery, by carrier chosen by  according to the following schedule:

    Quantity Description Delivery Date

    Description:   Quanity:

    Delivery Date:

  6. PAYMENT OF TAXES.  agrees to pay all taxes of every description, federal, state, and municipal, that arise as a result of this sale, excluding income taxes.

  7. WARRANTIES.  warrants that the Goods shall be free of substantive defects in material and workmanship and in conformance with industry standards.


    's liability, if any, for defective Goods, is limited to replacement, repair or refund of the defective Goods, at 's option.

    agrees to indemnify, hold harmless, and protect , its affiliates, successors, assignees, customers, and users from any and all claims, demands, suits at law or equity, and all expenses including attorneys' fees, involving infringement or alleged infringement of any patent, trademark, or copyright resulting from the purchase, use, or sale of the Goods.

  8. INSPECTION. , upon receiving possession of the Goods, shall have a reasonable opportunity to inspect the Goods to determine if the Goods conform to the requirements of this Contract. If

    , in good faith, determines that all or a portion of the Goods are non-conforming,

    may return the Goods to at 's expense.

    must provide written notice to of the reason for rejecting the Goods. will have 0 days from the return of the Goods to remedy such defects under the terms of this Contract.

  9. OWNERSHIP OF SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS. Any social media contacts, including "followers" or "friends," that are acquired through accounts (including, but not limited to email addresses, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, or other social media networks) used or created on behalf of  are the property of .

  10. DEFAULT. The occurrence of any of the following shall constitute a material default under this Contract:

    1. The failure to make a required payment when due.

    2. The insolvency or bankruptcy of either party.

    3. The subjection of any of either party's property to any levy, seizure, general assignment for the benefit of creditors, application or sale for or by any creditor or government agency.

    4. The failure to make available or deliver the Goods in the time and manner provided for in this Contract.

  11. REMEDIES ON DEFAULT. In addition to any and all other rights a party may have available according to law, if a party defaults by failing to substantially perform any provision, term or condition of this Contract (including without limitation the failure to make a monetary payment when due), the other

    party may terminate the Contract by providing written notice to the defaulting party. This notice shall describe with sufficient detail the nature of the default. The party receiving such notice shall have

    days from the effective date of such notice to cure the default(s). Unless waived by a party providing notice, the failure to cure the default(s) within such time period shall result in the automatic termination of this Contract.

  12. FORCE MAJEURE. If performance of this Contract or any obligation under this Contract is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by causes beyond either party's reasonable control ("Force Majeure"), and if the party unable to carry out its obligations gives the other party prompt written notice of such event, then the obligations of the party invoking this provision shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event. The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitation, acts of God, plague, epidemic, pandemic, outbreaks of infectious disease or any other public health crisis, including quarantine or other employee restrictions, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, or other labor disputes, or supplier failures. The excused party shall use reasonable efforts under the circumstances to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall proceed to perform with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed or ceased. An act or omission shall be deemed within the reasonable control of a party if committed, omitted, or caused by such party, or its employees, officers, agents, or affiliates.

  13. DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties will attempt to resolve any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement through friendly negotiations amongst the parties. If the matter is not resolved by negotiation, the parties will resolve the dispute using the below Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) procedure.

    Any controversies or disputes arising out of or relating to this Agreement will be submitted to mediation in accordance with any statutory rules of mediation. If mediation is not successful in resolving the entire dispute or is unavailable, any outstanding issues will be submitted to final and binding arbitration under the rules of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitrator's award will be final, and judgment may be entered upon it by any court having proper jurisdiction.

  14. CONFIDENTIALITY. Upon termination of this Contract,  will return to

    all records, notes, documentation and other items that were used, created, or controlled by during the term of this Contract.

    Both parties acknowledge that during the course of this Contract, each may obtain confidential information regarding the other party's business. Both parties agree to treat all such information and the terms of this Contract as confidential and to take all reasonable precautions against disclosure of such information to unauthorized third parties during and after the term of this Contract. Upon request by an owner, all documents relating to the confidential information will be returned to such owner.

  15. NOTICE. Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Contract shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the addresses listed above or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing. The notice shall be deemed received when delivered or signed for, or on the third day after mailing if not signed for.

  16. ENTIRE CONTRACT. This Contract contains the entire agreement of the parties regarding the subject matter of this Contract, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written. This Contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties.

  17. AMENDMENT. This Contract may be modified or amended if the amendment is made in writing and signed by both parties.

  18. SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.

  19. WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Contract.

  20. APPLICABLE LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of .

  21. SIGNATORIES. This Agreement shall be signed on behalf of  by

and on behalf of by and effective as of the date first above written.


By: Date:


By: Date:

Making a Business Contract

  • What is a Business Contract?

    In the course of running a business, there are going to be times when you need to have a contract in place to document any agreements that you make. A Business Contract lays out the specific terms for agreements such as when a project will be completed, what products must be delivered, or when payment for products or services are due.

    Situations in which you will likely need a contract include:

    • Your business plans to buy or sell physical products from another business.
    • Your business will provide a service or receive a service from another business.
    • You are an individual or independent contractor who wants to make a formal business agreement.
  • How do you write a contract agreement?

    Rocket Lawyer offers a free business contract template. It can be made, shared, and signed online in just a few minutes.

    The two kinds of contracts that can be created with this template are:

    • Contract for the sale of products or goods
    • Contract for services

    A Business Contract can be drafted by the buyer or seller of a product or service. For a product, you can include important details like the date of the order, acceptance and delivery requirements, quantities ordered, warranties, and payment details.

    If you're offering or receiving a service, you can use the Business Contract to specify dates of performance, the scope of work, and payment terms.

  • What is a contract template?

    A contract template is a customizable document that provides the basic framework for you to make a legally binding document. It allows you to input your specific terms and other relevant information to generate a written contract for your business.

  • What are the 3 types of contracts?

    The three most common types of contracts that come up in the course of running a business include:

    • General business contracts
    • Sales-related agreements
    • Employment contracts

    That said, contracts can be made for hundreds of purposes. Check out Rocket Lawyer's library of legal documents and forms to see the range of options available.

  • How do I write a contract for services?

    The template included on this page contains an option to make a contract for services. If you need further guidance on making business contracts, a Rocket Lawyer On Call® attorney can provide advice specific to your situation.

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