As you start to think about starting or running a small business you also need to start thinking about the legal forms you will need to fill out.
When doing business we all have to deal with contracts. While contracts can be a pain and most of us would like to avoid them all together we can’t. Contracts are part of doing the work. Whether you are currently a freelancer or will be one soon, creating a contract just got a whole lot easier. Lucky for you I discovered a two resources that will help you out: “Business Form Template Gallery” from Entrepreneur.com and Hello Bonsai (referral link).
Entrepreneur.com created this online gallery full of small business form templates using SeamlessDocs. What’s great about this is you don’t have to hunt all over the internet looking for forms that you may or may not be able to fill out. Everything you need is all here, in one place. The online forms are organized by industry so you can quickly find what you are looking for. If you find yourself adding forms to your SeamlessDocs account (it will prompt you to create a free account when you try to add a document) and end up needing to upgrade your SeamlessDocs account from the free version, it’s only $15 a month. Not only are you getting access to these online business form templates, you are also discovering a new resource (SeamlessDocs) that you could use to house your online documents.
I used this template, “Business Plan Overview,” to get me started. It was super easy to fill out and if you don’t know the answers to some of the questions its ok. A business plan is a living document. If you need help understanding a business plan click here.
In my quick tutorial of Hello Bonsai (referral link) below, I show you just how easy it is to create contracts for FREE using Bonsai. While my main purpose will be to use them for creating contracts and e-signing, I want to note they also offer invoicing. As you might already know, I use Waveapps for my invoicing and small business needs.
For more questions around Freelancing contracts check out 12 Questions for a freelance contract attorney