Service Contracts

No matter your industry, you need the right service contract to make sure you get paid.
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Common Service Contract Questions

What is a service contract?

Service contracts are agreements for specific acts, such as painting your house or tuning your car, and are distinguishable from contracts for goods. They’re used predominantly by contractors, freelancers, and consultants and, generally involve one party paying another party to perform a certain act.

Does a service agreement need to be in writing?

It’s always a great idea to put your understanding in writing. Since service contracts are so often used by contractors dealing with other small businesses or even families, the temptation may be there to simply work on a handshake. That can be dangerous, though. Having an agreement in writing solidifies the responsibilities of both parties, ensuring that a service is performed at a fair price.

What should I do if a contract is broken?

Sometimes, things don’t work out and you need to get out of a contract. We have forms below that allow you to amend or terminate a contract, but of course both parties will need to sign those agreements to make things official. Consider using those to keep a clean record of your agreement and avoid misunderstandings. If the other party breaks a contract and doesn’t come through on their end of the bargain, you may want to start looking into small claims court.

What are some important aspects of a service contract?

After you hammer out the critical details like dates and payments you may be wondering what else to include. A clear and comprehensive description of the work to be done is critical to a service contract. Specify the whats, hows, and whens--if you’re building, be sure to name specific materials to be used or approved alternatives. Having all the details in a contract can protect your rights if anything goes wrong.

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Service Contracts by Industry

Writers, Photographers and Creatives

Graphic Design Contract Get a signature before you start designing
Editor Contract Find the right editor for your project

Events and Wedding Planning

Bartending Contract Work for more than just tips
Catering Contract Set out the catering agreement up front
DJ Contract Spin records for pay

Human Resources and Office Workers

Administrative Services Agreement Hire someone to help around the office
Financial Services Agreement Get the help of a licensed professional
Human Resources Contract Dedicate resources to employees

Web and Tech Contracts

Technical Writing Contract Hire skilled writers
Technical Consulting Agreement Get help with the technical details
Web Development Agreement Hire a developer for your website

Health and Fitness

Home Health Care Contract Take care of a patient in their home
Personal Training Agreement Help someone get in better shape
Physician Services Agreement Give a patient the care they need

Construction and Home Improvement

Carpentry Contract Get a signature before you start building
Construction Agreement An agreement for big jobs and small ones
Construction Contract Hammer out an understanding

Cleaning and Landscaping

Housekeeping Agreement Keep a home tidy
Interior Design Contract Don't redesign without it
Janitorial Contract Clean up a home or business

Manufacturing and Transport

Manufacturing Contract Outsource the manufacturing to a professional
Production Contract Turn an idea into a reality
Shipping Agreement Send product where it needs to go


Child Care Contract Keep your child care service running smoothly
Day Care Contract Protect your day care the smart way
Nanny Agreement Get your child the best supervision

Pet and Animal Services

Dog Walking Contract Put your handshake in writing
Pet Care Contract Get the important details about a companion animal
Pet Sitting Contract Take care of a loved pet
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