Best App For Professional Athletes; How To Reduce Sports Agent Fees

Professional Athletes have a stigma, commonly known as primadonnas who make too much and whine about everything. Coming from a former athlete, it is not always easy, the countless hours of practice, meetings, games, dealing with family, fan appreciations, off the field/court, it can be exhausting. While to the outside world it may look like athletes have a lot of “help” from sports agents, managers or just friends that help out, it truly takes a village.

Athletes creating contracts for daily life – Quiktract App For Pro Athletes

We at Quiktract created our app with everyone in mind, including the professional athletes.

Not only do I have an athlete background, I currently work within the professional athlete world.

I am known as a manager/agent to athletes. Usually, a manager is a childhood friend, family member or someone the athlete is close to. A lot of athletes puts these people in the manager position to prevent just handing them money and/or them just living off the athlete. Managers typically handle the day-to-day business for an athlete, whether it is pertaining directly to the athlete themselves, family or that business deal they have been working on.

Choosing a manager that is close to you, as an athlete comes with both pros and cons. Just as being the manager and being close with the athlete comes pros and cons. In our society today we hear so many horror stories about business endeavors going wrong.

In recent news, Lonzo Ball’s manager stole $1.5 million dollars from him, despite him being someone he considered family, it happens. Always putting athletes in a difficult position to pick up the pieces, move on and trust someone else.

Much different than a manager, agents – the “Jerry McGuire’s” of the world, take a percentage of the athlete’s contract, as well as percentage cuts on any marketing deals that the Agents help obtain for the athletes. Having a “good” agent is definitely necessary for an athlete, they need that person to go to bat for them when they are discussing a new deal with teams and helping them maximize their opportunities.

However, with Quiktract, it helps eliminate the cost of paying an annual salary to a manager or a percentage of a marketing deal to an agent. Quiktract has made it easier for athletes to handle more of their own business. When it comes to the day to day “transactions” they do not need an agent negotiating a contract for the nanny, house cleaner, or dog walker, just as they no longer need an agent negotiating all marketing deals.

Athletes daily contracts – Quiktract App For Pro Athletes

Quiktract allows athletes to make easy, simple and effective agreements that are functional for everyone.

Sometimes, athletes get dependent on having someone else do their tasks for them, causing them to forget what they are capable of. The stigma of an athlete is being broken down, today we are starting to see a trend, athletes are doing more business on their own! Athletes are more capable than ever of handling their day-to-day matters and Quiktract is the perfect app for athletes to assist in making this possible.

Are you an athlete looking for a platform to handle your day-to-day transactions? An athlete’s manager or agent looking to hand back some tasks to the athlete? Or you just someone looking for an app that will make your day-to-day transactions easier?

Download Quiktract now to start making easy, simple & effective agreements within seconds!

By | 2019-05-29T05:08:27+00:00 May 29th, 2019|Contracts, General Quiktract, Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Crucial Tips For A Musician Contract; A Guide To Songwriter Agreements

There’s nothing quite like being in a music studio when a great song comes together. Whether it be from hours of aimlessly staring at the ceiling for inspiration or from getting it right on the first try, creating something from thin air is an almost addictive experience.

When you’re in sync with another creative it’s so easy to lose track of time, and unfortunately, forget that at the end of the day, this is all still a business.

Talking about money and percentages on split sheets is something most established artists will want to quickly turn over to their managers to handle.

However, most independent artists often don’t have the same team to (hopefully) look out for their best interest when it comes to songwriter agreements.

A guide to songwriter agreements – Quiktract App For Freelance Musicians

I’ve spent the past four years songwriting, in that time I’ve come to realize that most of us didn’t sit up at night reading old case files and studying ASCAP guidelines. No, we too busy making music we cared about.

It’s for that reason I wanted to take some time and address the 5 keys tips for a musician contract that every independent artist must know if they’re representing themselves.

1. Beware of “Work For Hire”

When you are first starting out and have a thin resume, most managers will ask you to sign a “Work for Hire” agreement. This musician agreement basically states, “Hey, thank you for your help! Here’s $200, now beat it!”

How to write a songwriter contract – Quiktract App For Freelance Musicians

I made the mistake early on of not understanding my rights to my intellectual property and signed one of these. I was just hoping to get an album credit and had no idea that I was entitled to royalties.

That song went on to do millions of streams and I was only paid once. Simply put, you deserve to get paid for your work just like everyone else on the record. Own it!

For more information on Work For Hire and what it entails, check out Copyright’s in-depth guide.

2. Changes In Composition

So the song is done, it sounds great and everyone is happy. You keep on living your life and a couple of months later you hear it’s going to be released.

You tell your friends and eagerly await the mixed and mastered version of your greatest work yet. You press play, and suddenly you’re filled with anger (or sadness).

This isn’t the same song you made, the melodies are different, the lyrics are all over the place, what the heck happened?

How to protect your songs from being misused – Quiktract App For Freelance Musicians

What happened was in your musician contract they included a provision that allowed them to chop up your work as they saw fit.

Unless otherwise stated, publishers can change the title, lyrics or music at any time. Make sure it’s amended so that such changes can only be made with your consent.

3. Credits

When you sign a “Work For Hire” you essentially give up all legal rights to your song. So, as we talked about at the beginning, stay away!

When you sign that document, publishers are no longer required to list you on the song’s credits. That is key for many reasons, one of them being, you want to get recognized for your work!

Be safe and include your credit in any songwriter agreement you sign. Besides, fun fact, if you do not sign off on a record, and have evidence you wrote it, publishers may have a hard time releasing the song anyway.

4. Song Royalties

If you are just starting out, you’ll hear the term “Split Sheet” a lot. Split sheets are the bread and butter of the music business and control the percentage of a song you legally own.

A guide to split sheets – Quiktract App For Freelance Musicians

All songs are divided into a total of 100 points (50 for the production, and the other 50 for the writing). Those points are then negotiated and divided amongst the musicians, artists, and whomever they see fit.

It is imperative to make sure that what you are signing is what was agreed to. You are also entitled to receive song royalty statements at least once every six months after your songs have been released.

Still not sure what a split sheet entails? Check out Vydia’s article, Everything You Need To Know About Split Sheets.

5. Know Your Worth

It’s very easy to get swept away in the euphoria that comes from a big artist wanting to use your song. It’s validating and a reminder that your hard work is being recognized.

As exciting as this may be, this is where the tricky part comes in. Always remember that your talent is what got you here, and it deserves the same amount of respect owed to any other creative.

How to protect your songs from being stolen – Quiktract App For Freelance Musicians

Get excited, jump up and down, call your mom, whatever! Just remember to come back level-headed and go through that agreement with a fine-toothed comb.

For easy ways to create your songwriter agreement and keep your work protected, download Quiktract to create legally binding contracts in less than 60 seconds.

Cole Midkiff

Founder

By | 2019-05-16T14:24:50+00:00 May 16th, 2019|Contracts, General Quiktract|0 Comments

Building Business Relationships – Blake Stanton The Relationship Guy

Maybe you are a college student selling old sneakers to make a few bucks? Maybe you are an aspiring entrepreneur who is tired of doing everything by the shake of  the hand? Or maybe you need a dog walker and want to make sure all of your dog’s specific needs are met and understood?

Do any of these sound like you? I, at one point or another in my life, have personally been in all three of these situations.

Hi! My name is Blake Stanton I am a 27 years old African American male, born and raised in Southern California where I grew up playing basketball and football.

Growing up in the city you gravitate towards three things: music, sports or the streets. Luckily for me, my infatuation with sports came at an early age. I looked up to many athletes and aspired to be like them one day. Sports not only played a large role in my life, but also the community.

Building Professional Relationships In High School - Quiktract

Over the years I worked effortlessly to become a decent athlete which led to my acceptance to Crespi High School. The thought of attending an all-boys school at the age of 14 was horrifying, but no amount of persuasion would change my mother’s mind about enrolling me.

Although I had my initial reservations, today I can proudly say, “Thank you. Mom, I cannot thank you enough for pushing me to be a Carmelite.” Being a small school (500 students) AND an all-boys school, I built genuine, lasting relationships with some amazing people. Most of the relationships I have today correlate directly back to Crespi, including the one I have with Cole Midkiff (founder of Quiktract).

Building Professional Relationships In College - Quiktract

From Crespi I had the privilege of attending the University of Oregon where I played four years of Collegiate Football, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Crime, Law and Society as the first in my immediate family to graduate from college.

Although my experience at Oregon encompassed some of the best years of my life, my freshmen year at Oregon was extremely tough. It was my first time being away from home, the weather wasn’t always great, and the town was small.

I was depressed, lonely and questioning everything in my life. Was a degree important? Did I even want to play football? I knew fundamentally that the answers were yes, but was losing sight of this.

I realized that enough was enough and decided to make an effort to put myself out there and meet others. I put on my “life of the party cap” and found myself building even more long lasting relationships, just as I had at Crespi.

The Art Of Building Professional Business Relationships Early In Life - Quiktract

I learned to love the positive experiences I was having at the University, and to better myself with the negative ones. Though I did not get the playing time I thought I deserved, I didn’t let that define me. Daily, I continued to smile and give it all I had. I knew at this point that being at the University of Oregon was so much bigger than being a football star (the more than an athlete mindset). It was about the relationships I was building and people I was meeting along the way!

When the dream of being in the NFL subsided, my passion for sports did not. Through a relationship I built at the University of Oregon I received a post-graduation internship in a Sports Agency. Being a young, black athlete I found it easy to relate and build trust with other athletes. Of course, being on the representation side is much different than being on the athlete side, but I found it extremely fun and rewarding!

Working closely with athletes, brands and marketing tactics over the last five years, I have seen a lot of success and even some failure, leaving me with countless lessons learned. I personally pride myself on being a leader, following the rules, while still be fair. I’ve quickly noticed from being in the industry that a lot of people have different motives and operate solely for their gains, which is not my approach!

The Importance Of Building Professional Relationships - Quiktract

Cole and I played football together when we attended Crespi – Go Celts! We were always more than classmates, we were teammates. We created a brotherhood that I knew was going to last a lifetime.

Almost eight years to the date after our High School graduation, Cole and I reconnected over our favorite pastime, Hookah. Cole spilled what he had been working on, and I was immediately drawn towards it!

Quiktract was exactly what I was looking for when I was selling those sneakers in college. It was exactly what I was looking for during my entrepreneurial stouts that were all based off of trust that the other would do the right thing. And it was exactly what I was looking for when I needed a dog walker for our new mascot Ryder the Bulldog!

Not only have I first hand experienced the need of Quiktract, but I have also seen those closest to me looking for this very solution, my mother included who constantly worked side jobs to make ends meet for myself and my siblings and prayed that the she was going to get paid for doing the jobs!

As I started to tell people about my excitement and love for this new app, Quiktract, it was quickly identified by others as another “tech thing”. Soon I was being asked if I was a “tech guy now”.

While, yes, it is an app and, yes, technology goes into it, it is so much bigger than just being another “tech thing”. Quiktract is a platform to help solve everyday problems, to help hold others accountable and to build stronger relationships instead of breaking them when a hand-shake doesn’t work!

The Importance Of Relationship Management For Business Success - Quiktract

And I am not a “tech guy”, I am a firm believer in living by the books and building relationships to gain success!

We hope to change the way we conduct business one message at a time, as we are real people, just like you, looking for solutions to gain control over what we can!

Cheers,

Blake Stanton

“The Relationship Guy”

Quiktract is Live!

The last six months have been an incredibly busy time for the team at Quiktract and we’re excited to share that we recently marked a major milestone in our journey to make contracts and agreements easy. We’ve launched the Quiktract App on both iOS and Android for public use.

I am incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished, as well as their commitment to bringing a much needed solution to the marketplace. Service providers and buyers alike deserve contractual protection, as well as simplicity when transacting payments. They also deserve a platform and process that makes obtaining that protection easy.

While Quiktract 1.0 is only the first step in a journey that will bring additional functionality to service providers and buyers, we believe we have met our public launch objectives and look forward to garnering feedback from the public.

I’d like to take a moment to thank the team that has been working tirelessly to make the Quiktract App launch a reality. Start-up life is never easy and while we’ve had bumps and hurdles along the way, they have managed to execute on our plan and pull it all together. Quiktract is a first in the marketplace, and given its never easy to carve such a new path, our team deserves a lot of credit for reaching this milestone.

As noted, Quiktract 1.0 is only the first step in a journey that will see additional functionality added to the platform throughout 2019. Working with clients to obtain feedback, innovate and build quickly, we hope to grow the Quiktract App and its value proposition over the coming year. Productivity tools, provider search utilities and document management are just a few of the things users will see added in 2019.

We invite you to provide feedback and suggestions as you use the app to help us continue this journey, refine these future features, and build upon a value proposition that can assist upwards of 200 million Americans annually. Working together with our users I am confident our community and team can grow the platform in a way that helps the ever-growing solopreneur community.

Lee Midkiff, CEO

By | 2019-03-13T17:57:44+00:00 March 15th, 2019|General Quiktract, Lee Midkiff, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments

Quiktract Releases First Contract & Payment App Targeting Cash, Check and Verbal Agreements

The Quiktract app allows service providers and buyers to avoid long-form contracts and inconvenient payment methods

Springboro, OH, March 13, 2019 Quiktract Inc. today announces the release of the company’s mobile application on both the AppStore and Google Play. The Quiktract app provides individual service providers and buyers alike with the ability to get legally binding contracts in writing via their phone, as well as facilitate payments at the end of the job without having to navigate long-form contracts or deal with only cash or check as payment methods.

With an estimated 191 million Americans either buying from or providing services to another individual annually, the person-to-person “gig” economy has never been stronger. From traditional freelance and design work, to landscaping and lawn care, fitness instruction, babysitting, coaching, pet sitting and more, Americans are increasingly dealing directly with each other for their individual service needs.

Despite the strength of the person-to-person service sector, most buyers and providers don’t get the terms of their service arrangement in writing. Quiktract offers buyers and providers “quick contracts” on a mobile platform that gets agreements in writing, amends them in real time as terms change, and facilitates payment at the end of the job. Protection and accountability are delivered to all parties via a process that takes less than 60 seconds and delivers a documented agreement on every job.

“Three quarters of Americans are part of the gig economy whether they consciously realize it or not. Consistently, more and more individuals are working with another individual to meet their service needs,” says Lee Midkiff, Quiktract CEO.

“Despite these trends, individuals aren’t getting the details in writing – even if just on the back of the proverbial napkin. Quiktract makes it easy to get it in writing with simple-to-use, convenient technology.”

The Quiktract app currently includes 14 templates that form the basis of a Quiktract agreement. Quiktract templates available immediately span the entire service sector and include areas like lawn care, digital design and software, pet care, babysitting, handiwork, coaching, tutoring and more. Each Quiktract may be amended in real-time and amendments must be agreed to by both parties in the event scope or job details change during the contracted work.

Furthermore, embedded messaging between the parties not only streamlines communication but results in the automatic creation of service exhibits appended to every Quiktract.  Payments are likewise logged within each Quiktract and users are provided with the ability to pay or get paid electronically via the company’s QT Pay platform.

About Quiktract

Quiktract Inc. is the first person-to-person contract platform with integrated payments designed specifically for individual service providers, buyers and the general “gig” economy. Via either the Quiktract iOS or Android application individuals are able to create and execute legally binding contracts in less than 60 seconds. Quiktract’s integrated payment functions further allow individuals to quickly send and receive payments electronically directly via the application. Headquartered in Springboro, OH, the company also maintains marketing and development teams in Los Angeles, CA, Minsk, Belarus and Bhavnagar, India.

Quiktract Media Contact:

Lee Midkiff

lmidkiff@quiktract.com

 

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Quiktract Honored to Exhibit at Startup Grind Global Conference

The Quiktract team is extremely honored to have been selected to exhibit at next week’s Startup Grind Global Conference.  Possibly more so than any other conference, Startup Grind’s Global Conference highlights all sides of the start-up universe in a way that is hard to articulate to those not having traveled the start-up path before. Quite frankly, the name says it all. Startup life is a grind and no matter their success, entrepreneurs understand it is in fact a grind; albeit an exciting one.

With over 8,000 attendees, 212 start-ups from 34 countries exhibiting, and speakers representing those that have reached the pinnacle of start-up success, the conference offers something for everyone. This all comes together within the common theme of building a stronger start-up community. Most founders and start-up teams have all experienced the same challenges at one point or another. A conference that brings together individuals from all stages of the start-up community presents a phenomenal opportunity to learn, make connections, and possibly see what the next best things coming to the market are.

Having been selected to exhibit from thousands of applications is a great testament to our team and the vision they have crafted for Quiktract and Quiktract users. The conference will provide the team with a phenomenal opportunity to network, make some friends and hopefully educate a lot of individuals on the Quiktract App. With 8 out of 10 Americans buying or providing personal service annually, having the opportunity to demo our product, its value and build some excitement to such a large group of potential users is a great way to kick-off Quiktract coming to market.

If you happen to be going to the conference, or are in the Bay Area and consider attending, I’d encourage you to do so. I’d also encourage you to stop by our booth while you are there. The Quiktract team will be represented by members of our management and technical teams throughout the conference and relish having the opportunity to talk about Quiktract and the platform we’ve created.

For more information on Start-up Grind’s Global Conference, feel free to visit https://www.startupgrind.com.

Lee Midkiff, CEO

6 Ways to Build Confidence as a New Freelancer

Launching a freelance career can shake the confidence of the most successful person. Competition is fierce on bidding sites and the internet in general. Freelance writers submit articles to magazines in hope of publication credits and pay. Self-employed programmers offer their apps for sale and approach companies to fulfill their needs remotely. Designers hawk their skills on social media and their own websites with rich galleries and ever-lowering price lists.

The ability to put yourself out there and offer your talent or skill to professionals and businesses takes confidence. At the start, that can be in short supply. No matter what type of service you offer, these six tips can help you find the guts to go for gold in your new freelancing venture.

1 – Start Small

A New York Time featured article is a pipe dream for most freelance writers, and a software scriptwriter working from his kitchen table is unlikely to sell his code to a Fortune 500 company. Targeting the ultimate gold-standard in markets will frequently lead to utter defeat, which damages your confidence even more.

Get your foot in the door with easier targets. Submit to places you know you have a good chance of acceptance. Smaller blogs, local businesses, and publications that pay one dollar instead of one-hundred per word are more likely to say, “Yes.” Every “Yes” you get will fuel your self-confidence more and more.

2 – Perfect One Step at a Time

If you come to a new freelance career looking at the big picture, you may quickly get overwhelmed and experience fear paralysis. Instead look at each step that will take you toward your goal and learn, practice, and perfect (or as near as you can get) each one before moving on to the next. Knowledge destroys fear and builds confidence.

For example, a freelance writer needs to research markets, craft query letters, negotiate contracts, write the article, work through rounds of edits, and handle invoices and payments. As a whole, this seems like a huge amount of studying or you are at risk of getting it all wrong. Approached one step at a time, however, it becomes much more manageable. If you become an expert at finding great markets, that is one thing off your fear list.

3 – Surround Yourself With Community

Your mother might think you draw wonderful pictures on the computer, but that will do little to instill real confidence that you can market yourself as a freelance artist or designer. Get on social media, message boards, and join groups with fellow self-employed professionals. Networking can not only help you learn more about how to succeed; it can give you the confidence to get outside your comfort zone and try something new in your career.

4 – Don’t Scoff at Self Help

While quite a few people poke fun at the self-help industry or raise their eyebrows at people who read the books and practice the techniques, there has been real scientific research that shows cognitive and mood improvement from some of the methods. Really, how can repeating affirmations or taking ten minutes to meditate hurt you any?

Confidence is, after all, a mindset. The lack of it is not a disorder, vitamin deficiency, or curse. While those suffering from clinical depression, anxiety, OCD, and other issues need outside help, self-help techniques can help everyone feel more self-assured and eager to launch into a new project.

Another large part of this is realizing that you will fail to land coveted jobs or sell your services to the ideal client and being okay with that. Acceptance of this fact can lead to confidence that helps you get back on the proverbial horse and do what it takes to succeed the next time.

5 – Constantly Challenge the Boundaries of Your Comfort Zone

Building self-esteem is impossible if you never do things worthy of esteem. In order to become a more confident freelancer, you need to achieve things you were not sure you could. The comfort zone, by definition, is a very comfortable and easy space to be in. Push the boundaries, challenge yourself, and celebrate the successes you achieve out there.

For some this may mean making bold advances toward dream clients once per month or so. For others, simply tip-toeing across the comfort line. The key is to recognize your efforts and the good results.

6 – “Fake It Till You Make It”

A man or woman in a power suit gets respect. Freelancers have the freedom to shlep around in their pajamas all day if they want to. Professional businesses have slick websites with domain-specific email and professional design. You can easily get away with a free host and a template.

Pajamas and cheap websites make you look and feel like you are not taking the freelance career seriously. If you lack confidence, pretend you do not. Present the best possible face to the online world you can. The feedback will provide external validation that you are a professional.

It will help you psychologically too. The things you make an effort for will be the things you come to appreciate. If you want to be a successful professional freelancer in any field, act like one. Your emotions will catch up soon.

By | 2018-12-03T04:04:11+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Freelancer Thoughts, General Quiktract, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments