How Often Should You Update Your Web Design Contracts

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00:21 David Blackmon: Hey, everybody, welcome to another episode of WP the Podcast brought to you by WP Gears. I’m David Blackmon.

00:35 Tim Strifler: I’m Tim Strifler.

00:37 David Blackmon: Today, we’re going to talk about, how often should you update your web design contracts? This is something that’s highly important. This is your legal documentation that should you ever have to go into a court of law, God forbid, because a client is suing you, or you have to sue a client for payment and stuff, you just want to make sure that you have all of your i’s dotted and your t’s crossed, and a good, solid web design contract is important.

01:07 David Blackmon: Now, the question comes, how often should I update these? The first time that I create it, it’s the one that the attorney, if I pay an attorney to help me write one, is that good forever, or do I need to update it and stuff? I think Tim’s got some valuable insight as to what you want to do.

01:26 Tim Strifler: Yeah, and I think there’s not necessarily an answer of how often. Where you, twice a year, you schedule some time out to go and update your contracts.

01:35 Tim Strifler: I think it should be something where it’s more of a fluid document. You’re constantly refining it. Each new website that you build and contract that you send, you’re reviewing it and adding new things and realizing that oh, this was confusing to the client, so I’m going to change it on this next one. Something will come up where you’ll, I don’t want to say get screwed, but that does happen. You’ll need to add something into your contract, so that the next client doesn’t take advantage of you or whatever.

02:10 Tim Strifler: It’s constantly something that you’re tweaking. You want it to be something that is easy to understand but, also, protects you. But, not to the point where it’s going to be filled with legalese, where it’s going to scare off the client.

02:25 Tim Strifler: We have an awesome template that we give away in our Divi Business Expert Course that is tried and true, and that David and I have refined. Yeah, we highly recommend that.

02:38 Tim Strifler: But, basically, it should help convert and sell the project but, also, protect you at the same time. That’s why it’s not something that’s just a set it and forget it type of thing. Just like your website, just like landing pages and marketing, you want to go in and be constantly refining it, so that’s going to continue to do a better job for you.

04:36 David Blackmon: Absolutely, very, very good points. If you don’t have a good, solid web design contract, google web design contracts, you’re going to find a ton out there. You can even go to some of the online legal companies, LegalZoom, and stuff like that, that could probably, you can pay for one, or you can hire an attorney and stuff. Not sure that’s totally necessary, but you can do it if you want to.

03:24 David Blackmon: Tomorrow, we’ve got another great topic on WP the Podcast. Tim, until tomorrow, we’ll see you then.

03:31 Tim Strifler: Take care, bye-bye.

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