When you offer your service as a performer, it can be a clown, magician, DJ, Face Painter or whatever it is that you do, it’s really important to have a good and clearly written service contract between you and your clients.
If an argument arises, you will have the contract to verify what were the agreements made between the parties. A contract makes all the parties participating in the agreement, legally bound to each other. What this means is that it’s a document created with the intention to create legal relations and it’s enforceable by law.
I am not a lawyer. The following suggestions is what I have been doing for the past twenty years, first as a Disk Jockey and now as a clown.
I make sure that all the things we talk about and any agreements we make is written clearly in the contract. Then I make sure the other party reads the contract thoroughly and understands everything before signing. If there are any questions, misunderstandings or doubts, I always will clarify it before proceeding.
When I book a date, I always ask for a deposit upfront. I had a lot of bad experiences when I started as A Disk Jockey in 1995 and people would call to cancel the same day of the event or when I would arrive to the event, I would find another Disk Jockey all set up with the music going. This has never happened to me as a clown because during those years I learned I needed a service agreement signed and a deposit before the event.
So what do I write specifically in my contracts? Glad you asked.
I always write the amount that will be charged for the whole event, the amount of time we will be there and when we start and end, specific service we will offer, what the deposit is, how much time they have to pay the deposit, the address of the event, and a few other points that you can check below in a sample of the agreement I personally use in my business.
Before I finish this post, let me talk about a cool web and mobile application, that I use to create estimates and invoices electronically with my clients. It’s called Joist and it’s completely free. It was done for construction companies but I have found it super helpful in my clown business. You can do Estimates, Invoices, Record Payments and Manage Projects from Anywhere, with no cost.
Click the following link for more informtaion https://www.joist.com/app
Pikorete The Clown and Pompita The Face Painter serves the area in Rochester, NY and nearby cities. Pikorete likes to celebrate Birthdays for kids and adults alike, Baby Showers, Sweet 16, Graduations, Weddings, school parties and any other event that thehost wants it to be fun. His specialty is making little people and big people, young and old, laugh with his funny games, dances, and other crazy stuffs that he does or that he invents at the moment. You can visit his website at http://www.pikoretetheclown.com