Sometimes as business owners we don’t want to ruffle any feathers or think “badly” of someone so we don’t check work or ask for contracts. This is truthfully the worst idea ever.
My parents brought me up to trust people and they were super trustworthy people so I figured that contracts and such were not necessary. When it comes to business or anything, contracts are absolutely necessary.
Asking for a Contract
If you are a little nervous to ask someone for a contract, you can simply say, “This to protect all of us and to make sure we fully understand the terms of our agreement.” It doesn’t have to be a non-trust issue. Business is business.
I can tell you 9 times out of 10 (yeah, it took me a while to learn), when I did not have a contract someone “forgot” about an agreement or something did not go as planned. Just do it. Get it out of the way. lol
Checking People’s Work
If you have employees or virtual assistants working for you, you have to take the time to check their work. Even the most amazing of us can make mistakes and the not so amazing just don’t care if they make a mistake or not. This is where the trust but verify comes in.
When you get a system and routine in place to check people’s work that is going to keep it from being awkward. Instead of coming in midway and establishing this, you’ll already have it set up from the start.
It may be “sad” that we have to protect ourselves from each other but the truth is that is that way it is so no need to be sad about anything. lol
My husband and I went into business with two of our amazing friends and founded Shiny Bottoms Hull Cleaning and you better bet we have a contract. This way we understand everything clearly and can enjoy working together without any worry that one of us might forget or misunderstand.
This has been something I’ve had to learn the hard way in the past so if anyone out there has struggled with this too, I wanted to be able to share. 🙂