Learning Business Contracts for Beginners
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Learning Business Contracts for Beginners

An Introductory Guide to Drafting Winning Contracts, Negotiating Well, and Getting What You Want
4.5 (1,086 ratings)
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5,018 students enrolled
Created by Eliot Wagonheim
Last updated 11/2017
English [Auto]
Current price: $27.99 Original price: $39.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Develop the rock-solid, plain-English contracts you need to protect your organization and personal assets.
  • Understand common legal terms and weed through the complicated legalese of contracts you're likely to see in the course of running your business.
  • Understand what to look for and how to negotiate key conditions for those times when you're asked to sign someone else’s contract.
  • Sleep better at night knowing that you’ve minimized your risk and protected yourself.
  • Nothing-- this is an introductory course to business contracts.

Contracts are the lifeblood of most businesses. Unfortunately, too many people sign them without really understanding what they mean.

Taught by a business attorney nationally recognized as one of the best in the country, this course will teach you everything you need to know to minimize your risk, protect your company and create win-win situations when drafting, negotiating, and signing business contracts. You will learn the basics of business contracts including:

  • How to decode and understand often confusing legal terms.  
  • How to personally craft your own contract
  • What to look for and negotiate when signing the other guy’s contract. 

This is the course that you need to take in order to make sure that you and your company are protected, that you get what you want, and that you can sleep at night without anxiety about your contract.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is designed for business owners, decision makers, key personnel and anyone involved in contract review in industry who wants to review, negotiate, draft, and sign business contracts with confidence.
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 01:42:52
+ Introduction to Contracts; Building your Foundation
3 lectures 31:21

Even if they understand the words on the page, most business owners never learn the strategy behind drafting and negotiating a solid contract. In this module students will learn to think about their agreements strategically by understanding the nature of risk and learning to ask the two questions most important to drafting a winning contract. 

Preview 12:57

Students will learn the critical importance of identifying the correct parties to a contract and the best way to provide what each side must do in order to fully perform its obligations. In addition, students will also learn how to draft a contract to protect their interests if the other side does not perform as promised.

Module 2: The 5 terms all of your contracts must have

This course overview provides a roadmap, showing students how we will begin with basic concepts, learn to decipher legalese, and negotiate contracts carefully tailored to protect their assets and help them attain their goals.

Preview 02:38
+ Protecting your Company and your Bottom Line
2 lectures 27:27

A good contract protects your assets and your bottom line. In this module, students will learn the different provisions they should add to a contract to protect themselves when things don't quite go as planned. 

Module 3: Terms to help you protect your bottom line (the sword)

This module builds on Module 4 by providing students with additional tools to reduce risk when drafting and negotiating contracts. 

Module 4: Protecting your company (the shield)
+ Reading, Analyzing, and Negotiating Business Contracts Like a Pro
3 lectures 32:54

This module takes the intimidation factor out of even the most dense legalese by teaching students what the terms mean and how to draft important terms and definitions in their best interest. 

Module 5: Legal terms you need to know

Business owners often have to sign the other side's contract. In this module, students will learn how to negotiate on the other side's turf. They will learn to negotiate critical provisions and how to analyze their risk even when dealing with the most densely worded, arcane agreements. 

Module 6: What to look for when signing the other side's contract (Part 1)

Module 8 delvers farther into the S.T.O.P. and L.O.O.K system and continues the examination of the critical issues everyone must evaluate and understand before signing on the bottom line of someone else's contract. 

Module 7: What to look for when signing the other side's contract (Part 2)
+ Contracts in Real Life
1 lecture 01:31

Students will be able to test their knowledge and understanding of business contracts by analyzing a real-life example of the kind of contract they may very well see in real life (but hope not to). They will be able to read an example of both a poorly written contract and a well written, easy to understand contract, with comments provided to take the mystery out of the problems they will encounter.

Module 8: Putting it all together
+ Bonus Module
1 lecture 09:39

Want to streamline your operations, reduce legal fees and save a few trees in the bargain? Consider using a Master Contract. In this bonus module, we’ll explore the pros, cons, tricks and traps of Master Contracts – what to put into yours and what to look out for when you’re asked to sign someone else’s.   

Module 9: BONUS!