Note to editor: This sample consulting contract template contains details of a fictitious company. These details should be changed in accordance with your requirements. This document is a simple consulting agreement template and may be modified and supplemented with further sections and particulars. As with any simple consulting proposal template, it is good practice to make any changes in consultation with a legal professional.
This Consulting Agreement (the “Agreement” or “Consulting Agreement”) states the terms and conditions that govern the contractual agreement between [Consultant.Company] having its principal place of business at [Consultant.Address] (the “Consultant”), and [Client.Company] (the “Client”) who agrees to be bound by this Agreement.
WHEREAS, the Consultant offers consulting services in the field of [Consulting field]; and
WHEREAS, the Client desires to retain the services of the Consultant to render consulting services with regard to [Scope of consulting services] according to the terms and conditions herein.
NOW, THEREFORE, In consideration of the mutual covenants and promises made by the parties hereto, the Consultant and the Client (individually, each a “Party” and collectively, the “Parties”) covenant and agree as follows:
This Agreement shall begin on [Begin date] and continue for [Time period]. Either Party may terminate this Agreement for any reason with [Days written notice] days written notice to the other Party.
2. Consulting Services
The Consultant agrees that it shall provide its expertise to the Client for all things pertaining to [Scope of consulting services] (the “Consulting Services”).
In consideration for the Consulting Services, the Client shall pay the Consultant at the rate of $ [Rate] per hour. The Consultant shall invoice the Client once every [Invoice time frame] and such invoices shall be due and payable within [Invoices payable within time frame] days of the Client’s receipt of the invoice.
Compensation is more than just the amount you’re paid for your work. The terms of your compensation should include:
- Whether your pay is hourly or project-based
- Whether there is a minimum payment amount per work period
- How often you are paid by the business
- How your payments are transferred (ACH, check, PayPal, etc.)
- How your work is to be tracked (project management software, invoicing, etc.)
4. Intellectual Property Rights in Work Product
The Parties acknowledge and agree that the Client will hold all intellectual property rights in any work product resulting from the Consulting Services including, but not limited to, copyright and trademark rights.
The Consultant agrees not to claim any such ownership in such work product’s intellectual property at any time prior to or after the completion and delivery of such work product to the Client.
5. Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement
The Consultant shall not disclose to any third party any details regarding the Client’s business, including, without limitation any information regarding any of the Client’s customer information, business plans, or price points (the “Confidential Information”), (ii) make copies of any Confidential Information or any content based on the concepts contained within the Confidential Information for personal use or for distribution unless requested to do so by the Client, or (iii) use Confidential Information other than solely for the benefit of the Client.
During the term of this Agreement and for [Number months for noncompetition] months thereafter, the Consultant shall not engage, directly or indirectly, as an employee, officer, manager, partner, manager, consultant, agent, owner or in any other capacity, in any competition with the Client or any of its subsidiaries, including any company engaged in [Type of business].
7. Nonsolicitation of Customers
During the term of this Agreement and for [Number months for customers] months thereafter, the Consultant will not, directly or indirectly, solicit or attempt to solicit any business from any of the Company’s clients, prospects, employees, or contractors.
8. Nonsolicitation of Employees
During the term of this Agreement and for [Number months for employees] months thereafter, the Consultant will not, directly or indirectly, recruit, solicit, or induce, or attempt to recruit, solicit, or induce, any of the Company’s employees, or contractors for work at another company.
The Client agrees to indemnify, defend, and protect the Consultant from and against all lawsuits and costs of every kind pertaining to the Client’s business, including reasonable legal fees, due to any act or failure to act by the Client based upon the Consulting Services.
10. No Modification Unless in Writing
No modification of this Agreement shall be valid unless in writing and agreed upon by both Parties.
11. Applicable Law
This Consulting Agreement and the interpretation of its terms shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of [State] and subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal and state courts located in [County], [State].
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, by execution by the parties below, this Service-Level Agreement will form a part of the Contract.
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