Are you starting your own locksmith business? Are you looking to expand your already existing locksmith business? If so, you should consider the terms and conditions you include in the contracts you create with your customers to ensure you and your business are protected financially. Determining what terms and conditions best suit your business can be a difficult task, especially if you do not have any prior legal experience. However, the task can be made easier by focusing on how you run your business. The best set of terms and conditions for both you and your customers, is a set that reflects your work ethic and your manner of operation. Focusing on these areas will ensure that the terms and conditions you create will ensure that you can run your business in the manner in which you are accustomed, and furthermore, your customers will be left with no doubt as to what is required of both you and them at all times throughout your contractual arrangements.
Where do I begin?
Every business has different priorities, and every business owner has a unique view of the direction they want their business to take. Therefore, each set of terms and conditions will be different. However, there are a number of constants that must be included in all contracts. These include:
As you can see, this is a very general outline. In order to add to these terms and conditions, you will have to carefully consider how you want to do business, and where you want the focus to be. For example, if you receive orders on your own website, the price, payment and delivery terms and conditions will be vastly different to an owner who conducts their business face to face. In addition, you will need to carefully consider what kind of warranties you place on your products, and what to do in the event of the termination of a contract throughout all stages of the agreement. These will clearly vary from business to business and will require intricate detail in order to prevent any misunderstanding on your part or that of your customers. In order to assist you with creating a set of terms and conditions to best suit your business, LegalVision has created a comprehensive guide to creating terms and conditions, which can be found here.
Do I need previous legal experience?
Previous legal experience is not necessary for creating your own set of terms and conditions. However, if this is your first attempt in creating terms and conditions for your business contracts, it can prove to be a very stressful and time-consuming exercise. Therefore, it is certainly advisable that you seek legal advice at some point during the process. Whether that be at the beginning, in order to gain a good idea of the type of things you should include, or at the end, in order to ensure there is nothing that you have forgotten or are unaware of. In addition, it is often very useful to have a legal professional who has intimate knowledge of the terms and conditions in your contracts. This means that if there is a legal dispute between you and one of your customers, you can be confident in the knowledge that you have a legal professional with intimate knowledge of all the ins and outs of your business.
Your business in unique and the terms and conditions you include in your contracts should reflect this fact. However, without prior legal experience it can prove difficult and time consuming to create terms and conditions that protect your business from all eventualities. Therefore, it is advisable that at some point while you are creating terms and conditions you seek legal advice. Whether that be at the beginning, middle or end of the process, is entirely up to you.