Texas Gym Personal Trainer Agreements: What Do You Need?

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texas gym personal trainer agreementsThere are three common trainer agreements you should consider having when you own a Texas gym. Because the right agreements in place can prevent many lawsuits and reduce/eliminate your liability exposure if there is a lawsuit.

Texas Gym – Trainer Employment Agreement

Now if you’re going to treat your trainers as employees, there should be an employment agreement between your gym as the employer and each trainer who is an employee.

Gym – Personal Trainer Contractor Agreement

What if your trainers are not gym employees? Then there should be an independent contractor agreement between your gym and each trainer. Be careful not to disguise an employee as a contractor because you could end up owing the government back taxes and penalties.

Trainer – Gym Member Contract

Naturally, the third agreement is between the trainer and each gym member who retains the trainer’s services. This is used where the trainer is providing personal training services that are beyond the scope of the Texas gym membership agreement between your gym and the member.

Of course, gyms often don’t need all three types of trainer agreements. If you need help deciding which ones are necessary for your Texas gym, or complying with the Texas Health Spa Act, schedule a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young today.

Does Your Services Contract Hold You Hostage?

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fix a contractOne of the big mistakes you can make as a services provider is to enter into a business contract that holds you captive until the agreement ends…and sometimes even afterwards. This is true no matter what type of services you provide on an independent contractor basis (e.g., software development, copywriting, etc.).

How does it happen?

The typical services agreement with this trap essentially bans you from doing work for others during the term of the agreement (or even a period of years after the contract ends) in exchange for the compensation you’ll receive for providing services during the contract’s term.

Although you’re doing the work on a freelance basis, the contract puts you in the position of an employee (or worse) by forcing you to rely upon one client for your source of income. That’s a risky proposition for any services provider to be in.

Here’s why…

  • What if the client decides to not renew the agreement at the end?
  • Or the client terminates the contract early?

How long will it take you to replace the lost income?

There’s a reason for the saying “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”

Because relying upon one source of income isn’t stable foundation for an ongoing business or a sound plan for paying your bills.

An experienced business lawyer can make sure that the agreement you sign to provide services gives you the flexibility to have other clients simultaneously so that you’re not caught in a bind.

Remember, even if you do have multiple clients, it’s rarely a good idea to let one become your primary source of income. For example, getting 80% of your revenues from single client may seem like a good idea…until that client isn’t paying you.

If you need help with your services contracts, whether creating a template to use in your business, reviewing an agreement, or fixing a contract, it’s time to schedule a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young.

Who Owns A Copywriter’s Work Product?

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copywriting agreementWhether you’re a copywriter or someone who has retained one to prepare sales copy for your business, one of the most common mistakes made is to fail to identify who owns the intellectual property.

Is the copywriting work-for-hire that’s owned by the business or does the copywriter own it?

Two Ways To Handle Sales Copy Intellectual Property

The best way to handle this issue is to address it clearly in the contract between the parties (the project’s copywriting agreement) before the work begins.

However, you can also address it with legal documents after the fact if needed. This could include a copyright assignment and/or a license to use the work depending upon what the parties agree upon. Unfortunately, doing it afterwards may be more difficult because both parties have likely operated under the assumption that they each own the sales copy to do with as they please in the future.

Where To Get Help With Copywriting Ownership

An experience business lawyer who understands direct response copywriting can provide you with the right legal documents to help you get what you want when it comes to intellectual property ownership. To get help from Attorney Mike Young with this issue, the first step is to schedule a phone consultation today.

How To Use An Independent Contractor For Multiple Projects

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independent contractor agreementsIf you want an independent contractor to work on multiple projects, what’s the best way to go about it?

Of course, if the projects are to be done simultaneously, it makes sense to have a written contractor agreement in place that contains a scope of work for these projects attached as an exhibit to the contract.

However, if the projects are to be done consecutively over a period of months or even years (and some of the projects may not even be identified yet), the easiest way to structure the deal is with a written Master Services Agreement (“MSA”). The MSA will include important terms that apply to all of the projects without getting bogged down in the uniqueness of each one.

In addition to the MSA, each new project will have a signed Work Order that contains that project’s scope, milestones, deliverables, etc.

What if you need to change something in a project after the Work Order has been signed? You can use a signed Change Order that reflects what’s modified from the original Work Order.

Now when you need help with your independent contractor agreements, it’s time to schedule a phone consultation with Business Lawyer Mike Young.

Why Get A Sales Copy Legal Compliance Review

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Whether you’re using sales copy online or offline, you’ll want to make sure it complies with applicable law and regulations.

Of course, this is true whether you’re marketing business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C). And whether you’re selling products, services, or a combination of the two.

Because the wrong sales copy can get you sued, investigated by the government, fined, or in some cases, even arrested!

Now, don’t just rely upon your copywriter to know what can and cannot be said in your sales copy…unless your copywriter also happens to be an experienced lawyer who focuses on this type of legal compliance.

At our firm, Business Attorney Mike Young performs sales copy legal compliance reviews. Not just a lawyer, he also understands marketing (including direct response copywriting).

Naturally, if you want his help, the first step is to set up a phone consultation to discuss what you want reviewed.