for Online + Innovative Businesses

Have you cobbled together your own contracts from things you found on the Internet, but you're not sure if they really include all the right terms?

Contract templates are a great first legal step to take when your business is just getting started.  You can still be protected even if you're not ready to invest in working with a lawyer to create a custom contract.

These fully customizable contract templates make clear exactly what everyone is agreeing to do, from the beginning.

They protect both sides, so you both feel good about your business deal.

They're written by attorneys who get the creative, online world you operate in -- we work here too! -- so they fit with your business model.

No more waking up in a cold sweat worrying about misunderstandings, when you'll get paid, or that you're opening yourself up to a lawsuit.

Templates are available in Word format via e-mail instantly after your payment is processed

Website Privacy Policy for U.S. Businesses -
GDPR Compliant!

Are you collecting personal information from your website's users (even if it's just their e-mail address through an opt-in)? Then you need to post a policy on your website that tells your users what you will do with that information.  This online privacy policy describes how you will collect, use, share, and protect the consumer data you collect from them.  In the U.S., the law requires special precautions be taken when collecting information from those under 13, so this policy makes clear that your website is not aimed at anyone under the age of 13 and you do not want to collect their information. A link to this document should appear in your website footer.

NOTE -- a new European privacy law that will affect most U.S. businesses (General Data Protection Regulation, or "GDPR") went into effect on May 25, 2018 -- this privacy policy template is GDPR Compliant! - posted May 7, 2018

Website Terms & Conditions of Use with Disclosure Policy

Did you know that you own the copyright to all the awesome photos, text, videos, and other content that you’ve created and posted on your website?  This document helps you keep others from stealing your content by telling users exactly what they can do (share it!), and can’t do (sell or copy it).  If you allow users to comment or post on your website, or operate a members-only site, this document will set the rules for users participating there.  It will also protect you in the event you get sued as a result of something that appears on your website, whether it was created by you or a third-party contributor, sponsor, or advertiser.  As a bonus, this document also includes a disclosure policy where you can tell visitors whether you accept advertising, free products, or other compensation, how that affects your content, and whether you have any relationships that influence your content.  A link to this document should appear in your website footer.

Client Contract Template

Essential if you’re a designer, software developer, writer, or other professional who creates content for clients. Photographers, please check out this template listed below. This template will help you get paid on time and make sure everyone knows who owns what.  Includes terms for project deadlines, payment schedule, refund policy, and more. *This template works hand in hand with the proposal template listed below.

Client Proposal Template

Start your client project off on the right foot with a proposal template that includes all the key terms, like a project outline, client needs, deliverables, estimated fees and costs, scheduling and deadlines, and how to get started on your project (this goes hand in hand with, but does not replace, a client contract).

Photography Services Contract Template

Photographers, you need to be crystal clear with your clients about deposits, how long you'll shoot, when you'll deliver images, who owns the rights, and much more. This contract protects you and your clients, and prevents misunderstandings on the day of a big event.

Health & Wellness, Life Coaching Client Contract Template

If you’re a health and wellness or life coach, it’s key that you and your client both understand what the coaching relationship means, and what both sides are agreeing to do.  Includes confidentiality protections. Protect yourself from a client later claiming you promised more than you could do, or squabbling over payment terms.

Business Coaching Client or Strategist Contract Template

When you work with business owners as a coach or strategist, you need to outline payment terms, each side’s responsibilities, your area of expertise, confidentiality, and session procedures. Includes disclaimer that you are not promising any specific financial or business outcomes.

Independent Contractor Contract Template

Are you hiring contractors for your business?  Make sure you are both clear that the contractor is not an employee, and spell out the scope of work and payment schedule.  This agreement includes a nondisclosure agreement (to protect your, and your clients’, confidential business information) and a noncompete agreement.

NOTE: not all states permit businesses to use independent contractors. This template is intended for use by businesses who have consulted with a lawyer about whether their workers are properly classified as independent contractors in the relevant states. Contact us if you need assistance with this issue.

Online Course, Membership, and Digital Product Terms of Use Template

Wondering how you can protect your e-course, online membership, or digital products like videos, audio, worksheets, e-books, and other tools?  The best way is to require purchasers to agree to your “terms of use”, with clear rules on how they can, and can’t, use your content.  Includes terms that cover payment plans, refund policy, and that will protect you if a purchaser copies or distributes materials without your permission.

Alt winter 2016 - Justin Hackworth Photography

Event or Activity Liability Waiver Template - for yoga teachers, personal trainers, and event or conference hosts

If you host events that involve physical activities, own or operate an event venue or facility where patrons engage in physical activities, or are a personal trainer, you must protect yourself by requiring everyone you work with to sign a liability waiver and indemnification agreement.  This agreement will protect your and your business’s assets from being taken if you are sued when someone gets hurt.

Retreat or Group Trip Participant Agreement Template

Leading retreats or taking groups on trips? These types of events require a unique contract that covers all the special considerations, whether you are hosting groups at a single location or taking them on a journey with several stops. This agreement allows you to spell out exactly what is, and isn't!, included in your event, as well as several options for terms about payment plans, cancellation, refunds. It also covers consent for medical care, changes to the itinerary, theft of property, a release so you can use images of participants in your marketing, and a waiver of liability if a participant is injured during your event. This agreement works especially well for all-inclusive yoga, wellness, business, and life coaching experiences.

Podcast Guest Agreement Template

When you invite someone to appear on your podcast, you must be sure to get their agreement in writing so that you will own and be able to use that recording however you choose (including in a later video or compilation, on a website, anywhere!).  This agreement spells out the podcast owner’s rights and will prevent guests from later claiming they didn’t give you permission.

Blog or Podcast Sponsor Agreement Template

If you’re taking money or products from companies who want to be featured on your blog or in your podcast, you need a contract that spells out your agreement.  Avoid disagreements about what you will and won’t do, and who owns the rights to your content.

Startup Stock Photos

Affiliate or Referral Program Agreement Template

If you’re working with affiliates or sharing part of your sales revenue with referral sources, you need a simple contract that says how much you’ll pay, and when, and includes other contract terms to protect both sides.

Confidentiality or Nondisclosure (NDA) Agreement Template

Protect your business’s trade secrets, like customer lists, special processes or systems, recipes, and anything else that gives you an edge over your competitors.  You can use this agreement with contractors, employees, and potential investors or partners to require them to keep your business info secret.

Transfer of Ownership in Intellectual Property Template

Have you hired a designer, illustrator, copywriter, photographer, videographer, editor, or other creative independent contractor or agency for your business? Chances are, unless your agreement included a clear term about who owns the IP, you may not own all the rights in the work they created for you. This template will transfer all IP rights (including copyrights, trademarks, and patents) from the creator to your business, and includes a "work for hire" term for copyrights.

Contract Template FAQs

I'm not sure I filled out my document the right way - how can I get help?

We do not offer assistance with our contract templates that are purchased a la carte. If you’re interested in more help and support with locking down your entire business legally, check out our Legal Road Map® to Protect Your Online Course, at https://onlinecourselegal.com/ This package includes legal document templates as well as video walk-throughs of each document to help you fill them out and ongoing support so you can get your questions answered and implement your documents into your business.

How do I know these documents will work for my creative business?

We wrote these documents specifically for creative entrepreneurs – online educators, coaches, podcasters, bloggers, YouTubers, designers, photographers, and other creatives. They might not work as well for a brick and mortar pizza shop or boutique, but they are already pre-customized to fit your online, creative business.

I don't live in Tennessee / the United States, can I use these documents?

Autumn Witt Boyd, the lawyer who primarily created these documents, is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, and other attorneys with our firm who have given input into these documents may be licensed in other states. The documents were drafted to be generally applicable throughout the United States, but if you have a question or want to be sure about your state’s laws, we encourage you to consult with a local lawyer. Since you’ll already have a solid contract to discuss with a local lawyer, this consult should be simple and quick, without requiring very much research or one-on-one legal time. These documents are not, however, intended to be used by anyone outside the United States.

How do I actually customize my documents?

You will receive your documents by email in editable format (Word) for easy customization. You can even save your own custom versions of your legal documents to use in different scenarios or with different clients or products.

What if the law changes, will you send me new documents?

We regularly monitor federal intellectual property and advertising laws for changes, and frequently update our contract templates. We will let you know of any major changes in the law that affect your documents (such as the recent EU privacy law, GDPR, that went into effect in May 2018). If we make a major update due to a change in law, we will email you an updated version.

Can I share my document with a friend?

No. Your purchase allows a single person or business to use the document. We do not allow sharing of documents, since this makes it impossible for us to keep our prices so affordable. You can read more about our Terms of Use here.

How are these documents different from what I can buy from LegalZoom or another contract template shop?

Unlike other contracts you can buy from LegalZoom or RocketLawyer (or any other online template shop), we wrote these documents for you based on our combined 30+ years of experience working one-on-one with businesses large and small, and our expertise supporting the best online course creators in the business through their legal challenges. I’ve combined my top-tier legal training and experience with their hard lessons learned (and many thousands of dollars spent on my legal fees!) to create templates that are already customized for your creative business. All you have to do is fill in a few blanks, at a fraction of the price and time commitment of hiring your own lawyer. We include as much plain English language as we can in our documents, so you actually understand what they say. While some legalese is unavoidable (and important to include for your benefit!), we use the bare minimum.

Need a contract you don't see here?

 I also work with clients one-on-one to create custom contracts tailored for your business.  Custom contracts are quoted after speaking with an attorney about your business needs. They typically start at $3,000 and are quoted on an individual basis depending on complexity.

DISCLAIMER: These templates are not legal advice.  You will not have a lawyer-client relationship with any of the attorneys with the Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC by purchasing a template. This means you will not have any confidential or privilege protection for your communications with the firm, and the lawyers with the firm will have no obligation to avoid conflicts of interest or comply with certain provisions of the attorney Rules of Professional Conduct.

If you wish to receive individual legal advice or need a custom contract created for an entity, individual or situation, you must hire your own attorney. You may inquire about hiring the Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC by submitting an inquiry here.

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*Conference photo by Alt Summit.

It was like magic…I just went through and filled in the blanks and made adjustments where the template said, and it was up and running in no time.

Dana Malstaff

I was fed up with client issues I was having because my contract didn’t contain any firm boundaries. Autumn’s contract template really set me up for success, making sure everything was laid out in writing so I can protect my business – and my time! I’ve already been able to enforce my boundaries by simply referring to the contract, helping me avoid a potential legal dispute. Autumn really “gets” female-run online businesses and I would recommend using her contract templates to all business owners.

Kelsey Kerslake

Legal documents (such as a Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions) don’t always reflect the soul of our business. But Autumn is a great listener and tailors her efforts to our specific needs. Her legal knowledge and expertise are impressive, but even more importantly, she truly understands virtual businesses. I was initially nervous about the cost of legal help, but learning her flat rate up front removed that fear. I would absolutely recommend her to other online business owners.

Brigit Esselmont

Meeting with Autumn for a legal planning session to go over my business’ legal needs has made me more confident in my business. I now have my privacy policy in place and I’m taking the steps with other items with Autumn by my side. The helpful information I received is too much to even list, honestly! My time with Autumn was efficient, on point, and focused, yet warm and friendly.

Samantha Pregenzer

I knew I wanted to be protected legally but I didn’t even know what I needed an attorney to help me with. Autumn is so approachable, it’s easy to ask her questions because she doesn’t respond with legalese that I don’t understand.  She asks questions that make you think and ultimately lead to better legal protection. Since starting to work with Autumn, I have a rock-solid client agreement and now have 3 trademarks approved. I love that I feel like I have an attorney in my back pocket. If I ever have a question or a new legal shift, I can call on Autumn to give me answers! Autumn is a SOLID attorney, who truly “gets” the online business industry with its quirks. She’s flexible and super knowledgeable. I LOVE working with her!

Reina Pomeroy

After creating my privacy policy and website terms and conditions with Autumn’s templates, I felt a sense of relief and protection.

Estelle Winsett