Tell me if this sounds familiar in your business: 

Ugh I just wish I could clone myself!

There are not enough hours in the day!

I just don’t have time to do it all!!!

And yet, too many of us drag our feet when it comes to hiring help.

😖 We aren’t sure which tasks to outsource

😩 We worry about finding the “right” person

😨 We stress about trusting someone else in our business

😳 We are afraid our “people pleasing” tendencies will keep us from being assertive or clear about our expectations

🤢 We get a little queasy thinking about having to fire someone

So we scan those #JobOpp threads in our entrepreneur groups. Scroll through a dozen LinkedIn profiles. Type up a job description and then revise it over and over again, never actually posting it. 

And then we continue scrambling to keep all our plates in the air. All alone. Wearing our “one-woman-show” badge as we dream about sipping smoothies on the beach.

What if I told you that one small but mighty piece of paper could help?? 

One piece of paper that creates an airtight, super clear, ultra-protective understanding between you and your new contractor??

It’s called The Legal Umbrella® Contractor Service Agreement, and you can download it right now!

This written hiring contract gives you all the confidence you need to hire safely, to communicate your expectations clearly, and to trust that you are fully protected every step of the way. 

This agreement is perfect for any online-based entrepreneur who needs to hire an independent contractor (like a VA, graphic designer, social media manager, etc). It covers all your bases:

  • What your contractor will and will not be doing for you (scope of work)
  • Clear definition of the nature of the Independent Contractor (not employee!) relationship
  • Who owns what — intellectual property/content ownership provisions
  • Confidentiality boundaries 
  • Drama-free termination guidelines should either party need to end the relationship
  • Dispute resolution for those just-in-case situations

All of these important pieces establish clear boundaries, expectations and guidelines for your working relationship. 

If there is ever a question or dispute, you can simply refer back to your contract to find your drama-free answer. 

**IMPORTANT NOTE: If your new contractor will have access to any sensitive information inside your business (such as your client lists, financial information or your trade secrets), you need a different version of this agreement called the Contractor Engagement Agreement template. 

This contract is similar in many ways to the one above except it has much more robust confidentiality provisions. It keeps all of your secret info safe and protected! 

This version includes a built-in NDA (non-disclosure agreement), Non-Compete, and Non-Solicit. Use this one when bringing on anyone in the inner circle in your business - like an executive assistant, OBM, sales rep, or other person who’ll have access to confidential information in your business. 

Get the Ultra-Protective Contractor Engagement Agreement Now

Whichever version you need, make sure that before you start talking with potential contractors, you read through your entire agreement and customize it for your business. This will help you be prepared, confident, and at ease with your hiring decision. 

You have to get your hands on the right template first, though! 

Hiring a VA, designer, PR agent, copywriter, or other external contractor?


The Legal Umbrella® Contractor Service Agreement

Hiring an executive assistant, OBM, director of operations, sales rep, or other internal contractor with access to sensitive info?


The Legal Umbrella® Contractor Engagement Agreement

Not sure which is best for your situation?? Comment below or email, and we will be happy to help!

Oh, and in case you were wondering: I make my templates SO easy to customize! Always plain English, always easy to understand! You can customize yours in about 20 minutes. Yes, really!

May 10, 2023 — Layne Lyons Pecoff