Are your terms and conditions of sale (GMC) up to date? As a service provider and freelancer it is important to follow the rules and adapt your CGV as quickly as possible.
Working as a freelancer is a business in itself. Even if you think you don't have to settle or you say to yourself, "I'm too small, I'm safe. It's very important to have your terms and conditions of sale adapted to the legislature of your country.
The freelancer had copied general sales conditions found on the internet. So it's true that this is our first reflex because we don't want to take the lead with it.
The risk is to be confronted by a customer who decides to sue you and that you realize at that time that your terms of sale will not be able to defend you.
Similarly if your client doesn't pay or you have to defend yourself for one or the other reason, you're going to need concrete sales terms and conditions. Otherwise it's lost in advance.
Copying terms and conditions of sale on the internet puts you facing at least 5 problems
Problem number one: The legislature of one country is not the same as that of another. For example, if you live and/or have established your headquarters in Belgium, finding general conditions for sale on the internet may be established on the basis of French law.
Problem number two: You will one day have to respond to a customer's objection about your terms of sale and you will not know exactly what it is. Having terms and conditions of sale that you can't even understand is like driving with your eyes closed.
Problem number three: The name of the company is very often taken up under general terms of sale. Imagine, in one paragraph, you forget to replace the name of the company from which you took the terms, with your own. You look smart if you have to go before a judge with bogus terms and conditions of sale...
Problem number four: Your specific services may not be clearly detailed in your own terms and conditions of sale.
Problem number five: The day it comes to claiming money, you're going to have to rely on what's written in your terms and conditions of sales.
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What should I do then, and at what cost?
There are no 36,000 solutions, the only way to have clear sales conditions that are 100% adapted to your business is to have them written by a lawyer specializing in commerce.
There is no fixed price for your terms and conditions, but depending on your services a lawyer will quickly be able to give you a budget. Personally, I realized my terms and conditions through a lawyer and it cost me 500 euros.
I don't know about you, but if you create websites, 500 is 10% of a simple complete web project. Just to sleep on your two ears, it's worth doing, don't you think?
Don't go forward with your eyes closed
In conclusion, I think it is a responsible approach to finding a specialist lawyer who practices in the country where your company is based. Meeting a lawyer may sound impressive, but think again, it's people like you and me who are there to defend your interests. If you hire a lawyer to create your terms and conditions of sale you know who to call the day you really have a problem...
PS: If you do not know where to look, send me a PM, I will be happy to give you more small veins.
YouTube: Why not copy/paste terms and conditions of sale
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