What is an IT Contract?
An IT contract is a legal agreement between a company or person and an IT service or product provider. And just like other kinds of service agreements, IT contracts are legally-binding once signed by both parties. Failure to comply with the stipulations on the contract will merit legal and financial consequences for the offending party.
IT contracts may be classified according to the type of IT job or arrangement agreed upon by both parties. For example, there can be IT consulting contracts, IT service contracts, IT maintenance contracts, and IT support contracts. Most of the time, IT contracts (just like other legal agreements) need to be in written form for them to be legally enforceable.
How to Make an IT Contract
Shared below are helpful tips on how to ensure that you have a loophole-free IT contract. Study each tip and determine how they can best be applied to your company contracts.
1. Write The Contract Terms As Negotiated
The first thing to consider when creating an IT contract is its content. A good contract should only include the terms that both parties have agreed upon.
For example, if you are making an IT technical support contract, it should contain only the specific support services, the compensation plan, and/or the contract length that were discussed during the negotiation process.
2. Use A Standard Contract Format or Layout
And just like other types of legal documents, your IT contract should also follow a standard format. You may follow a pre-made contract template. Or, you may come up with a format or layout on your own. A standard IT contract should include the following elements: the offer, the acceptance, the consideration, the legal capacity to enter a contract, the consent of both parties, the legality of the agreement in your state or country, and the mode of performance (i.e. written contracts).
3. Add Privacy Clauses As Needed
In addition to the primary terms negotiated by the buyers and sellers or their representatives, a good basic IT contract should also contain the necessary privacy or confidentiality clauses as requested by any of the parties or as required by your state laws and regulations. Privacy and data protection clauses are especially important in IT contracts since they often deal with private information from customers or entities.
4. Set A Short Contract Approval Time
It is estimated that 65% of US employers will hire more people within the next year as the economy improves. A significant portion of these jobs will be in the IT sector. Therefore, if you are operating in this industry, you must prepare yourself for the rising demand for IT services or IT products themselves. And to meet this future demand without incurring loses, you must institute a simple contract approval time for your IT contract jobs.
5. Have It Reviewed By A Lawyer
Whether you are making a generic or a comprehensive commercial agreement, you must first have it reviewed by an attorney. He or she needs to check if the contract terms comply with local laws and make sure that you (or your company) will not be at a loss when signing this official document.