Although when most people think of companies, they think of the large ones that do all of the television and print advertising, most actual companies aren’t nearly as large as this. In fact, most companies fall under the realm of ‘small business.’ For these companies, money is usually very tight. They need to make sure that they spend their funds wisely so that they can maximize their profits. While large corporations can spend the money they need in order to hire a lawyer to draft up their employment contracts, most small businesses simply can’t afford it.
Fortunately, there are alternatives for people who own these businesses. You don’t really need a lawyer if you are planning on providing a simple and useful employment contract for your employees to sign. The best thing to do in this kind of situation is to find sample employment contracts that you can then tailor to your own small business.
It’s wise to find many different sample employment contracts so that you can take the best aspects of each one and make a contract that fits all of your needs and wants. This type of project, when doing it on your own, can take several hours, or days if you want to do it really well, so you should set aside this time and make sure that you can get it done before you hire any new employees.
Your first step is to find the sample employment contracts themselves. Your best bet is to look for books on the subject at your local library or bookstore. These are usually in the business or management sections of these outlets. It’s a good idea to buy a book because they often have tear outs of the sample employment contracts so that you can have a physical copy of them. These books also come with a lot of great advice on what should be included in the contract and what sort of things you should avoid doing so that you can keep everything legal and safe.
Another good place to find sample employment contracts is the internet. Although information on the internet is usually free, it can also be unreliable. Make sure that you are getting your sample contracts from a reputable website. If you don’t, you may end up putting yourself in more legal trouble than if you had no contract at all. Although it is easier and cheaper to find this information on the internet, it is usually a better idea to get it from a physical book if you can afford it.