What’s the best content to include in a coaching contract? 5tips on what to include

Like all contracts, a coaching contract needs to be crystal clear what service is being offered, at what price and for how long. It needs to be written in plain English, spelling out what you’ll include and setting out the client’s responsibilities.

What should you include in a coaching contract?

What should you include in a coaching contract?

    1. How is a coaching contract different?

Unlike other services, coaching is really personal and can have life-changing results. Your contract must state the client is ultimately responsible for their own physical and mental wellbeing. As a coach, you’re providing recommendations, advice and support, however the contract should have a clause where the client agrees they are responsible for their own decisions, their choices and the consequences of these actions or inaction.

    1. Should you include your pricing in your Coaching contract?

A coaching contract can include your pricing information and payment terms. Ideally a client will pay upfront so as a coach you can focus on providing the service and not worrying about whether you will get paid. If you want to offer credit terms, set these out in black and white, and stick to them.

    1. What should your coaching contract say about confidentiality?

Your contract also needs a paragraph stating the level of confidentiality you are prepared to offer. Rather than offering 100% confidentiality, add a clause allowing you to speak with third parties, for example medical professionals or the police if something requiring intervention comes up.

    1. Cancelations/Termination clauses

How about cancellations and/or lateness? Are you prepared to let clients cancel without paying if they give you 24 hours notice? Is there a ‘no show’ fee? What will you do if they don’t turn up, or turn up late? What happens if a session overruns? If you add these clauses now, there’s no debate later. Adding a termination clause may be helpful should you or the client need to change or end the arrangement in the future.

    1. Signed or not, that is the question

Lastly, it’s important to have a signed record the contract has been agreed by both parties, with a copy given to your client and a copy retained for your records.

If you need any further help then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

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