Today, more than ever before, academic performance plays an indispensable role in determining if students qualify to attend their schools of choice and pursue the university degrees of their dreams. As a result, tutoring has become more popular as more and more students strive to better their grades. At the midst of this boom, there is a need for tutoring agencies and independent tutors need to focus on the legal part of this trade to ensure a seamless operation of their business. I mean, it is vital to have a binding agreement in the form of a contract spelling out the nature of the engagement with your clients. If you are designing one, this post contains the most important aspects you should include.
Your tutoring contract needs to be designed in such a way it provides a detailed description of the services on offer. This description needs to be well and clearly written. Moreover, it should be easily accessible to any client that is interested in working with you. Being well detailed in the contract is important since most disputes regarding service agreements are based on the scope of the contract. The more accurate you can make your contract, the less likely that you are going to be slapped with legal disputes now or in the future.
Terms of Payment/payments
It’s important to clarify your terms of payments and prices for each service. This way, your clients will be fully aware of what they are required to pay if they agree to work with you.
The way you convey this depends on your needs and preferences. For instance, if you would like to get paid before the beginning of a session specify that in the contract. Moreover, let your clients know what happens in case they fail to attend scheduled sessions. For instance, will you or will you not refund their money if they fail to appear for a session or cease attending lessons before the sessions they had paid for are over.
All service providers need to limit their liability as much as they can as long as they are within the law. Unfortunately, clients always want their service providers to assume most of the liability. To avoid being on the receiving end, your contract should clearly and definitively outline how liability will be limited. For instance, you can let your clients know that you will do all you can to prepare them academically but you don’t accept any responsibility for their examination performance. By so doing, all of your clients will be aware that if they don’t achieve their desired garden, they cannot hold your agency or you accountable.
If you are dealing with minors, it is always good to inform their guardians and parents in the contract how they are going to be protected while under your care. This will not only keep you in a good place with the law but also bolster your reputation since clients will rest assured that you have put into place measure to protect their children.
Termination Clause in Tutoring Contract
The contract should also spell out how any of the concerned parties can terminate a contract. For instance, clauses should be introduced to let clients know under what conditions they can terminate the contract. In addition, let them know if they are eligible for refunds after ending the contract.
These are just but a few of the clauses you should have when crafting a tutoring contract. On each of them, be sure that each clause is clear and always ask your clients to read through the terms of the contract before committing to working with you. This way, you will be able to seamlessly run your business and minimize disputes that could significantly hurt your business.