The legal side of a virtual assistant business can go neglected (or worse, ignored) for far too long due to a lack of funds, knowledge, or both. Navigating the legalese of contracts can be especially difficult if you aren’t sure what to look for.

Are you nervous about proposing a contract to your client? Among the many importance and values of having one are as follows: a contract provides a well-written detailed agreement of each party’s responsibilities. It binds both parties to their duty as stated on the agreement as well as agreed schedule or time frame. It ensures secured payment for virtual assistant services rendered. During recourse moments when relationships between client and VA falter, you can use the said agreement to demand payment.

A virtual assistant agreement is a document between two parties, the virtual assistant and the client for a contractual working relationship. Virtual assistants can help with almost anything an in-person assistant can. Information such as required hours, can be included if applicable. In an arrangement like this, standard contractual clauses are also included, like choice of law and place.

In this document, basic identifying info regarding the parties will be entered, like names and address details. Then, details about the actual work and the virtual assistance services, like what the projects are, deadlines, milestones, fees info, etc., will be included. After this document is filled out, it must be printed in order that both parties can sign it. Then, a best practice is for both parties to keep a copy.

By setting out a clear agreement between you and the client, both parties know exactly where they stand, what’s expected, who has the rights to what, when payment must be made, how to terminate the agreement, and so on.