CONTRACTS: Getting Started
What is a Contract?
In simplest terms, a Contract is a written agreement between you and the client, that contains details regarding scope of work, billing, and other items related to a particular project or job. Contracts go hand-in-hand with estimate and invoices, and can be seen as a more detailed version of an estimate or invoice.
In SuiteDash, Contracts are generated from pre-made templates (that you can design yourself), the appropriate client, company, and billing data inside the Contract is automatically filled out using placeholders, and then the Contract is visible inside the app in both browser-based and PDF form. From there, you or the client can print it, sign it, mail it, whatever needs to be done.
Additionally, you can use placeholders inside a Contract Template to use the built-in digital signature functionality, if you want to allow your clients (and yourself) to eSign the Contract.
Creating your first Contract Template
Before you can generate a Contract and deliver it to the Client for signing, you will first need to build a Contract Template. Get more info on how this is done HERE
Generating your first Contract
To generate a new Contract, simply navigate to Billing > Contracts, and click the + button
From there, you will be taken to a page with a few fields for you to fill out. It is important to note that all of these fields are required in order to be able to create a new Contract.
This is the title of the Contract, which will be visible to all users (including the assign Client) who are permissioned to View the Contract.
Use these radio buttons to choose whether you want to generate a Contract from either an Invoice or an Estimate. The drop-down box below these buttons will auto-populate based on your selection here.
Use this drop-down select box to choose which specific Invoice or Estimate you want to generate a Contract for/from. In the drop-down box you will see the Invoice/Estimate number, title, and assigned Client. It is important to note that only Open Invoices/Estimates will display in this box, as Contracts can only be generated from Open Invoices/Estimates.
Use this drop-down select box to choose which Contract Template you would like to use to generate the Contract. If you do not already have a Contract Template created, you can create one by navigating to Billing > Contracts > Templates. You can read more about Contract Templates HERE
You can use the Add More button to optionally show more fields for creating additional Contracts. Each new Contract you add can have it’s own title, assigned invoice/estimate, and template.
When the Contract(s) info is filled out to your liking, just click Save. The new Contract(s) will be automatically generated, and will be visible to both you and the assigned Client(s) in their portal.