Thought Merchants Consulting Agreement for Hourly Work

A standard consulting agreement for a Delaware corporation that needs to hire a consultant and will pay hourly. This is a copy of the full consulting contract containing only the hourly payment clauses.

CONSULTING AGREEMENT (for Services)

Effective Date (“Effective Date”),  Consultant Name (“Consultant”) and Company (“Company”), agree (this “Agreement”) as follows:

1. Services and Payment. Consultant agrees to undertake and complete the Services (as defined in Exhibit A) in accordance with and on the schedule specified in Exhibit A. 

2. Ownership; Rights; Proprietary Information; Publicity. Company shall own all right, title and interest for work completed during each Billing Period after invoice for that Billing Period is paid in full to the Consultant.

2.1 Billing period starts from the first day of the month and ends the last day of the month for the duration of the working Agreement.

3. Warranty. Consultant warrants that the Services will be performed in a professional and workmanlike manner and that none of such Services or any part of this Agreement is or will be inconsistent with any obligation Consultant may have to others.  All deliverables shall be to the best of consultants’s knowledge original work of consultant and/or its independent contractors. Contractor will ensure all third-party resources utlitized in deliverables do not violate the rights of any third parties.

4. Termination. Either party may terminate the contract at any time through written request. The Company shall upon termination pay Consultant all unpaid amounts due for Services completed prior to notice of termination.

5. Relationship of the Parties. Each party shall be and act as an independent contractor and not a partner, joint venturer, or agent of the other. 

6. Notice. All notices under this Agreement shall be in writing.

7. Miscellaneous. No changes or modifications or waivers to this Agreement will be effective unless in writing and signed by both parties. 

EXHIBIT A

Services & Fees

Services:

Add description of services yoiur consultant is responsible for

 Term:

The term will continue until the Services are completed or the Agreement is terminated under Section 4, whichever occurs first.

Fees:

Hourly fee of $Hourly Rate

Exclusive of travel time; payable semi-monthly  in arrears 30 days after receipt of itemized invoice, with a cap of $Cap Amount per billing period.

Expense reimbursement

Limited to required, reasonable telephone expenses, coach class (or equivalent) transportation, lodging and meals that have been authorized in writing by Company in advance; payable 30 days after receipt of itemized invoice. 

Document Discussion

Procuring a sizable retainer, that equals the last estimated billing and bill each period with a 15 day payable time frame or work stops. Large companies have the deck stacked and often just want your ideas and the cost of a legal dispute is prohibitive for the small guy as it costs much more to initiate then defend and these things go for years and disrupt the creative process.

Maybe add a clause for having a client pay the undisputed portion if there is a dispute.

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