Contracts are everywhere in business. From online click-through agreements to the service contracts you use with your clients and customers, contracts are simply part of doing business in the modern world. And in this day and age where information is quite literally at our fingertips and just a Google search away, it’s all too easy to throw an agreement together or borrow a sample from an internet website.
But contracts are like the rules to a game. A game of Uno will almost certainly end in a fight if half the players aren’t aware of the unwritten “house rules,” if sections of the rule book are missing, or if the rules say one thing but the drafter meant something completely different. The rules need to be clear and unambiguous from the start, and they need to address as many “what-ifs” as possible.
Here are 5 red flags to watch for before signing any business contract.