Hi Community Friends!
Over the last few months I’ve been working closely with sellers who want to learn more about how to accept credit card payments while ensuring their business is protected. A key pain point for sellers when they make the decision to accept credit card payments is the threat or occurrence of a chargeback. While we do everything we can to monitor your account for potential fraud, Square wants to do more to help you understand what you need to do in order to best protect your business from non-fraud disputes and ensure you get paid for the work you do.
One of the best ways to avoid misunderstandings or late payment is to have a contract in place with your customer, particularly for larger pieces of work where your customers have very specific preferences. You may be thinking that sounds like overkill -- and it probably is for certain types of businesses like coffee shops or restaurants. But for freelancers or business owners who work on a project basis or in wholesale, a contract is a key step you can take upfront that can help you through a difficult scenario down the road.
So, starting today, we’re excited to announce that you can now build your contract with Square!* To start, here are two contract templates that you can use to prepare a contract that fits your needs.
Here’s how it works:
- Choose the template that best suits your business (sale of goods or provision of services)
- Download the template with the link above
- Follow the instructions to prepare the contract
- Save your contract and send it to your customer (remember to get a signature upon agreement!)
We know that there are plenty of businesses out there that may be looking for additional detail or different templates. Don’t worry, we’re just getting started. We would LOVE your feedback on what works for you and what you would like to see in the future.
Do any of you already have a contract service that you use for your business? What has been most helpful for you to manage and track all of your sales and customers? Feel free to comment below with any questions or feedback, thanks!
*Square is not a law firm, an attorney or a professional advisor in any industry. Square provides this template to individuals who choose to prepare their own contractual documents and does not constitute legal advice.
We're also always looking for your feedback to help us improve the tools we're creating for our sellers. If you have any suggestions or recommendations regarding the first iteration of the template (besides the file format...we know Word is not ideal, we're just getting started), then we'd love to hear them!
I'm loving Square Contracts! The only issues I'm having are marking a contract signed if I have emailed it first and then had to print it for them to sign in person instead and deleting a contract after it has been sent in the event that the client opts not to move forward. If I could get those two features (and maybe accessing the contracts in my regular dashboard) that would be amazing!
Thanks for the feedback @sewfittingllc ! We are actively working on improving the product experience as this is still a new product, so your feedback is super helpful. On the 'mark as signed' comment, if you had the ability to mark 'emailed' contracts as signed would you want to be able to re-upload a copy of the signed contract you received in person for your records?
I'd love to see a way for the contracts to be digitially signed by clients. Possibly something like Agree. We can pay per contract, or what not. I currently pay seperately for a contract manager -- I'd love to have a one stop place for contracts and invoices!
Thanks for sharing your feedback Ashley! We're definitely looking into different ways to add new features such as digital signatures for our sellers. So we can continue to do research, we'd love to hear a bit more about what you specifically find value in with your current contract manager solution. Do you pay to use Agree per contract generated and then attach the contract to your Square Invoice for your customers?
Absolutely! I love square, I use it almost execlusively for every other service (marketing, booking, client management, all that jazz).
The one key factor I’m missing is — contract management. At that point, I feel like we’d be giving them a run for their money!
I love that I can visually see each contract in a digital filing cabinet, the amount and the date, and if the client has viewed it/signed it. I also have a template since I normally use it for weddings — I can easily draft a new contract without having to retype anything.
It’s 2018, I can tell you right now. No one wants to call to make an appointment, no one wants to mail a contract. They want it all digital and easy to use on mobile devices. I’d love to see something quick and painless and easy to keep up with.
I know honeybook offers it and a lot of people in the wedding industry use it. As it’s the same cost as square. I personally wouldn’t mind paying a little extra for access to contract management all in one spot.