Contract templates

From employment contracts to rental agreements, contracts are essential in nearly every business. But drawing up contracts from scratch every time you need one can be time-consuming. That’s why we created a library of standard contract templates to help you save time and jumpstart your contract library.

Consulting Contract Template

Consulting Contract Template

Simply add a Statement of Work to this free consulting contract template and customize it to fit the services you offer.

Freelance Contract Template

Freelance Contract Template

If you are a freelancer you'll want to download this free freelance contract template to lay out the scope of the job you will perform as well as the terms and conditions of the work you will be doing for your client.

Free Bartending Services Contract Template

Free Bartending Services Contract Template

Use this template as a formal contract when you’re providing on-site bartending services for clients. The template includes a customizable pricing table, electronic signature fields, and detailed terms and conditions.

Outsourcing Services Contract Template

Outsourcing Services Contract Template

This template should be used as an outsourcing services contract between a company and any freelancer or agency hired for outsourced work. Use it to detail the services, compensation, and terms of any outsourced work.

Residential Roofing Contract Template

Residential Roofing Contract Template

This residential roofing contract template is perfect for the roofing company offering roof replacement services to homeowners. Your sales team will be able to create, send, and e-sign their contracts faster than ever!

Plumbing Contract Template

Plumbing Contract Template

Contractors should use this plumbing service contract template as a standardized contract form for all new residential and commercial plumbing customers.

Wedding Photography Contract Template

Wedding Photography Contract Template

This wedding photography contract is perfect for freelance photographers or photography agencies looking for a solid contract to put in place with wedding clients.

Freelance Graphic Design Contract Template

Freelance Graphic Design Contract Template

This freelance graphic design contract serves as a legally-binding document between a freelancer and a client. Using this contract template will help you appear professional, and will clearly define the terms and limitations related to your graphic design services.

Computer Service Contract Template

Computer Service Contract Template

Use this digital computer service contract template to allow clients to select the services they’d like to purchase from you, and esign to indicate approval.

Auto Repair Contract Template

Auto Repair Contract Template

This auto repair contract template can be used by any automotive service shop as a legally binding service contract between the shop and a customer. It includes pricing, terms, and an area for the customer’s electronic signature.

What is a contract template?

No matter whether you’re a freelancer, a real estate agent, or a large corporation, you need contracts in order to protect yourself from legal exposure while working with customers and business partners.

A contract template helps you streamline your workflow by standardizing your contract terms and associated legal documentation. This could include:

Any terms of the contract that you should disclose can be built into an effective contract template.

The most effective templates have some level of customization, usually through variable tokens or text snippets, so that they can be altered to fit an individual use case.

What should a contract include?

Aside from the basics of any contract, the contents will vary based on the type of contract you intended to create.

For example, a photography contract or a DJ contract might detail the deliverables and hours of coverage that a service provider will undertake for an event, as well as the period of time where specific goods will be reserved, licensed, or stored.

However, a construction contract or a painting contract may include a different set of stipulations. The same is true for very specific contracts like intellectual property agreements or loan agreements.

For your contract to accomplish its goal, you’ll first need to determine what your contract should do and then write the contract terms in a way that meets those needs and comply with local laws. For this reason, it’s always best to seek legal advice to ensure that your contracts are considered to be binding legal documents.

Free business contract templates from PandaDoc

Whether you need an independent contractor agreement, a standard service contract, or a non-disclosure agreement, PandaDoc’s library of free business contracts has you covered.

Our contract templates are free as downloadable PDFs and are fully customizable when using the PandaDoc document editor.

Frequently asked questions

Why are contracts important?

Contracts are important to your business because they help you protect your assets and determine your exchange of products and services for monetary value.

Without a contract in place, you may not have legal recourse if an independent contractor steals your intellectual property or if an employee damages your company’s reputation on social media.

Contracts also help you guarantee sales, negotiate payment terms, and outline the scope of work agreed to for the amount of money exchanged.

Who should sign a contract first?

From a legal perspective, it doesn’t matter who signs a contract first.

Typically the organization offering the contract signs first, but there is no hard and fast rule about signature order when creating a binding agreement.

In larger organizations, a signature order might be assigned depending on leadership roles. One decision-maker may need to sign off on a contract before another can do so.

Who keeps the original copy of a contract?

Both parties should keep a copy of any binding contract. PandaDoc makes this easy by helping you capture electronic signatures and by emailing copies of the signed documents to all parties.

Is a contract valid without a notary?

Yes. Contracts don’t need to be witnessed or notarized in order to gain effective legal status.

As long as both parties have agreed to the terms of the contract and something of value (called “consideration”) is exchanged, a contract is considered valid.

Do I need a contract template?

Strictly speaking, contract templates aren’t required to run a successful business. They can help you save time, money, and additional legal expenses by reducing errors and document creation times.

With PandaDoc, you can create personalized contracts within minutes and simply generate a new contract from the same template whenever you need it.  This reduces the time it takes to create, prepare, and finalize an effective agreement.

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