Your fitness business has a goal to make money, and in order to protect that money, you’ll need a written contract.
Contracts communicated verbally or through another mean aside from a signed contract may be enforceable, but it’s so much easier to enforce a signed, written contract. Here are five reasons why.
It’s Easier to Prove
When the contract is clear, the terms are understood by everyone, and both parties’ intent to enter into the agreement is included – it’s easy to prove the contract is valid. You may be able to prove the intent without a contract, but it’s going to be much easier to show that both you and your client agreed to the terms written into the contract when it’s signed.
It Prevents Miscommunication
Expectation management is a good rule to live by. When you and your client haven’t discussed responsibilities and expectations, it’s much harder to manage those expectations. A written contract outlines all the expectations and prevents miscommunication, which helps the relationship progress.
With the contract, the client knows what they can expect from you, and they know what you expect in return.
Some States Require It
Some states have laws requiring written contracts if you want the agreement to be enforced. One example would be copyright laws at the federal level. Under Federal Law, transferring copyright ownership must be in writing. Always check with a local attorney, as some verbal contracts could be enforceable in your state.
It Increases Confidence
Professionalism is important in any industry. This is where having a written contract helps your clients have confidence in you, as the business owner, and in your professionalism. When they have more faith in you, they will have an easier time writing you the check.
It Covers Other Reasons, Too
A contract covers a lot of information. Most include a miscellaneous items list, which may include details on who pays attorney’s fees, and who has the choice of jurisdiction if a lawsuit occurs. These items aren’t typically verbally discussed, so it’s best to have them in writing.
Overall, a written contract is beneficial for both parties, as it is much easier for a court to find enforceable.