The Custom Stationery Agreement
The Custom Stationery Agreement
Stationers, this is one of my favorite templates in the whole bunch. I drafted this contract back when I was still running my calligraphy business because as we all know, sometimes our stationery customers can be more than a little hard to please!
What do you do with the client who wants their product done ASAP. What happens if the customer keeps changing their mind, then doesn’t understand why the project has to be delayed? You can rest assured that this template covers your needs-not just because it’s thorough, but because it’s based off of real experiences from yours truly.
*please note: this contract overlaps greatly with our Calligraphy Template. What’s the difference? This template is drafted more with the stationery/print/paper company in mind, rather than a calligrapher or hand letterer.
If you are both a stationer AND a calligrapher, the calligraphy agreement is the appropriate choice, as it has more provisions that you can simply remove, if they do not fit that specific project. It’s always easier to remove provisions than add them, and the calligraphy agreement is written to be more inclusive than the stationery agreement. We define “stationer” as someone who prints invitation suites, other paper goods, etc, that you yourself are not hand writing, while a calligrapher is potentially doing both, but also offers hand-written services.
Please reach out to us at email@example.com before you purchase both!
For the convenience of my clients, I started drafting my contracts in a slightly different way than most: I break it into halves. Generally speaking, the first “half” contains the business terms: meaning you can go to town customizing this portion of the contract yourself.
The “second half”? That’s where the “legal terms” are housed- so you know clearly what must stay in.
Other than that, here is what you can generally expect in one of the templates:
-intro paragraphs, so we know who the parties are, the effective date, and the purpose of the agreement
-ALL of your payment and price terms (including payment schedules, timelines, refund policies deliverables, shipping and more)
-a complete list of your services (when I say complete, I mean truly complete)
-pesky provisions you may need but aren’t sure how to word, like confidentiality, exclusivity, creative license, and more
-intellectual property terms, such as who owns what’s created (plus options for scenarios arising in the future)
-paragraphs that may be awkward to talk about, such as cancellations, reschedules, no-shows, etc
and all of those “legal” paragraphs that only experience in a courtroom can teach you to look for, like remedies, warranties, limitation of liability, employment status of the parties, force majeure, and more than 10 others.
Contracts typically take between 6-12 hours to draft for a standard agreement, which when taken into account with the industry-standard billable hour rate, results in a value of at least $1,200 - $2,400 per template.
Congratulations on taking the most important step in protecting your business! I sincerely believe that my prior experience as a contract litigator for businesses was the best preparation I could have asked for in building strong contracts for creatives. After drafting contracts for everyone from small businesses to publicly traded corporations, and then litigating them in court, each of my contracts are drafted with the care and protection that only real life experience can get you. Each contract is drafted by a lawyer and reviewed by an industry professional with at least 3 years of professional experience before it is listed in the Creative Law Shop. Do you have any questions or concerns regarding your purchase? You can reach my team any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.