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

The Five Things Your Freelance Contract Needs | Quiktract

Contracts and agreements can feel cumbersome and daunting. The stigma behind having to sign a freelance contract or agreement is overwhelming and immediately becomes a negative experience.

More often than not you have to sit in a lawyer’s office, drive to a bank, or have someone come and meet you just to have them cancel last minute. You are stuck with a stack of papers, filled with “sign here” sticky notes and legal jargon defining terms and actions that you don’t even understand. But go ahead, sign away!

Freelancer contracts and agreements should not be daunting, and better yet, they don’t have to be!

It’s time to remove the fear of contracts, save time and money drafting them, and get to work doing what we love most as freelancers.

A contract’s language does not need to be complicated or contain legal jargon. In fact, the simpler and plainer the language, the more easily the contract can be understood. Remember, contracts and agreements are in place to protect both parties!

What Needs To Be In A Freelance Contract - Quiktract

We are here today to share with you the five things your freelance contract actually needs.

1. A Clear and Concise Title

Your contract’s title is so important! It is the first thing that either party is going to read, and it helps set the tone for what is to come in the remainder of the agreement.

2. Who Is Involved?

 Make sure you are identifying each party correctly. If you do not spell out who is involved and correctly identify each party then the contract/agreement becomes obsolete.

It is important to address specifically who is involved and use proper names of those entities. For example,

“This agreement is between: Quiktract, LLC DBA: Quiktract & Harvest Pretzels, Inc. DBA: Harvest.”

How To Set Up An Independent Contractor Agreement For Freelancing - Quiktract

3. Details, Details, Details!

Write out the description of your services and/or the results achievable.

This is the most important part!

Provide the full details of why the agreement is in place, the work to be done, and the result that are expected (depending on the agreement). Detail is key!

This is also where you should thoroughly define your scope of work. Your scope will work as an outline of what is (and is not) included within your freelance agreement that you can refer back to if expectations on either side change with time.

For more information on project scope check out the article, Project Scope on SearchCIO.

For example,

“Harvest Pretzels, Inc. DBA: Harvest will provide pretzels to Quiktract, LLC DBA: Quiktract’s employees the week for June 10 – 14, 2019, daily from 11:00am – 1:00pm for a celebration for all Quiktract employees.  Pretzels will be distributed at Quiktract’s headquarters in Los Angeles, CA on the quad. Harvest will arrive 15 minutes prior to start time daily to insure they are properly setup and ready for the rush. Harvest will have six employees daily at the stand to man it. Harvest is responsible for setup and take down daily.”

What To Include In Freelancer Contract - Quiktract

4. All Dates

Whether it’s the date the contract was created, the date the contract was signed, or the dates that milestones should be hit, do not forget them. Dates are so important!

Not only does proving dates help keep you accountable and on track, but it helps the other party to plan accordingly, and minimizes confusion or false expectations of what is to be expected when.

Don’t let concerns about circumstances changing keep you from defining these dates. With Quiktract your agreements can be adjusted and signed off on in real time as these changes may occur.

5. Payments – The Nitty Gritty

Often payments are the reason why people seek out contracts or agreements.

It can be uncomfortable discussing money, especially if you are doing work for people you know personally. We all get that feeling in our gut when the topic of getting paid is brought up.

Money is such a sensitive topic but getting thorough details of payment is important.

Make sure to provide the payment amount, method of payment, timing of payments and how expenses will be handled.

For example,

“Quiktract, LLC DBA: Quiktract & Harvest Pretzels, Inc. DBA: Harvest, has a contract for one week – June 10 – 14, 2019. Harvest will provide 500 pretzels over the course of the week, for a fixed amount of: $250.00. Quiktract will pay Harvest $150 on the 10th of June, and the remaining the 14th of June at the wrap of the event. Both payments will be made with a check.”

What Do You Have to Include In an Independent Contractor and Freelancer Agreement - Quiktract

Don’t ever let the stigma of contract scare you from providing the services you love. Resources like Quiktract help you create legally binding freelance contracts, send invoices, accept or request payments, and save the trips to the attorney’s office so you can get back to doing what you love.

Sign-up with Quiktract to protect your work and simplify the way you conduct business!

Don’t have enough freelance clients to write up contracts for? Check out 5 Tips For More Effective Networking For Freelancers; How To Get More Freelance Clients and grow your client base.

By | 2019-05-09T13:54:57+00:00 May 9th, 2019|Contracts, Freelance Help|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

 

CONTACT

Name: Sjoerd Martens

Phone: 1-646-480-0356

Email: sjoerd@publicize.co

 

Wedding Day: not quite a disaster, but…

I was telling a friend of mine about Quiktract and she said she could have used it for her wedding — in a big way!  She had a magical day, but definitely not all that was planned (or paid for). The weather, she said, was beautiful and the venue was gorgeous.  But the flowers were nowhere to be seen! They finally arrived about 30 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start. Apparently, the florist lost track of when and where they were supposed to go.  Nothing like a little stress to get everything underway.

The ceremony was perfect.  The reception was set to be a garden party.  And that was somewhere else Quiktract could have helped.  First, the venue that had previously okayed all the games on the lawn verbally said that they had to be moved to an out of the way location on the property.  She had no recourse but to have the wedding coordinator set up what she could. Few of the guests made it over to the more out of the way area. With a Quiktract, she’d have had it in writing…and had the games set up where she wanted them (and to which the venue had originally agreed).

Next, the bartenders did not have the instructions she had talked over with their manager on the “champagne buffet” — they ended up providing their own best guesses to guests which caused a lot of bad mixes with resulting fizz overflows.  It ended up being a bit of a colorful mess. A Quiktract would have captured everything and ensured that it got passed along to the bartenders.

The food was great (who wouldn’t want a “bacon bar”?), but almost didn’t make it!  There was a shakeup at the caterers with the person she had worked with leaving and taking all his files with him.  Luckily, she and the caterer were able to piece together the menu, but literally only a day or two before the wedding.  That was cutting it very close and added another stressor.

Also, the cake was two tiers smaller than expected and looked nothing like — you guessed it — the verbal discussions she had with the bakery.

After the reception, the wedding coordinator was working through the cleanup the venue required when my friend noticed that she seemed to be getting overheated (it was a very warm day).  She and her husband and family ended up helping the wedding coordinator (since the wedding coordinator’s assistant had failed to show). The wedding coordinator was thankful, but there were no changes to the terms of the agreement my friend had signed before the wedding.  I thought the coordinator should have offered a reduced fee. My friend thought she might have, but since nobody had a copy of the paper agreement it all kind of got lost in the shuffle.

The last thing on her wedding day was the limo, or really the lack of a limo!  My friend and her new husband were waiting for the limo (which had been scheduled for after everyone had left), and waiting, and waiting.  When they finally reached the limo owner, he claimed to have no record of the engagement (there was an e-mail trail, so my friend was not imagining things).  My friend ended up calling her parents (who had returned to their hotel), who gave her (in her wedding dress no less) and her husband a ride to their house where they retrieved his car.  She said that her husband said he felt like he was back in high school being chaperoned to the prom by his date’s parents.

The fun wasn’t done with the wedding day.  When she got the photos from the photographer, many of the shots they had discussed were not among the pictures.  When she asked the photographer it was clear that they had different perspectives on what was discussed. What my friend thought of as “requirements” were just “suggestions” as far as the creative (but less than thorough) photographer thought.  Clearly, it would have helped to spell out what shots had to be included.

I wish Quiktract had been available for my friend (and so did she!).  All her problems could have been eliminated or greatly reduced if she had had a simple, quick way to get all the agreements in writing in an easy to change form.  (And all the payments could have been handled without her husband having to go through the ceremony with checks and a big wad of cash in his tux!)

By | 2018-12-17T02:08:00+00:00 December 17th, 2018|Management Thoughts|0 Comments

What could make a great landscaping job better?

I’m in the process of selling my house and the landscaping needed a quick refresh before putting it on the market — curb appeal is no joke! I contacted a small, local landscaping company run by a young couple just starting the business. They did a great job and even had a handwritten document to show the scope and cost of the job.

So, what could have made the experience better for me and for them?

First, while I was impressed with the handwritten, itemized breakdown of costs (on their letterhead no less), it was handwritten and a little less “professional” looking than some of the bigger lawn care companies. (Although more professional than the off the cuff single over numbers I’d gotten from other small outfits.) They also sat in my driveway to put the estimate together and then came back to the door to deliver it. What if they could have sent me an electronic agreement with the itemized list of costs, start date, etc.? Yeah, that would have been better.

Second, we added a couple of things to the list of things for them to do. We did it verbally and in passing — “Want me to take these small trees down while I’m here?” “Sure.” “How about $50?” “Sounds good!” — but what if my expectation was to take the couple of small trees down for $50 total and his was $50 per tree? Again, a quick electronic exchange with terms that captures both parties agreement would be much, much less likely to result in a misunderstanding. That would have been better, too.

Third, the starting date was flexible and got moved because of weather, scheduling and mulch availability (more on that in a second), but I did have showings scheduled and an open house. It would have been better for both of us to have captured the various communications on the date moves into the overall agreement. Everything worked out timing wise, but I could easily have seen that causing an issue. The flexibility they needed and the timing I required could have been addressed in the agreement beforehand (when there is less emotion). If their original agreement had included some simple verbiage around timing — “landscaping is an outdoor activity and scheduling is therefore subject to change” — and been pointed that out to me, that would lessen the chance for disagreement. Better.

Fourth, they agreed to purchase the mulch for me at a set price. It’s late in the season, so their normal source was out of mulch. Their secondary source cost more. While they were able to negotiate a better price, they would have been better protected if the agreement addressed sourcing. I would have been ok with a clause like that during estimating. I would not have been so happy to hear that I needed to pay more for mulch after the fact — it would have felt like a ripoff. Again, better to have thought it out up front and gotten it in writing (templates are great for ensuring that these kinds of items get addressed).

Finally, payment became kind of a hassle in that I had to write a couple of checks. The first one covered one set of work and the second for the completion. The second one in particular caused them to have to come back to my house to get it since I had been away (remember the scheduling changes?). If they had been able to accept an electronic payment from me, that would have saved them a trip to my house and then a trip to the bank. Knowing their busy schedules (and assuming the cash flow needs of any small business), I’m betting they would have loved to simply get the money in their account automatically. So…better, too.

So there are five ways that by all measures was a successful conclusion to an agreement could have been better: a more professional look, a living document with modifications and agreements captured, inevitable schedule changes addressed early, possible term changes addressed beforehand through templates and electronic payments.

Brian Montgomery, Marketing

By | 2018-12-06T20:42:12+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Management Thoughts|0 Comments

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

A Newcomer’s Point of View

I just joined the Quiktract effort a few weeks ago. When I heard the premise for Quiktract, I just assumed there were a bunch of apps already handling personal agreements and that we must have some angle or “secret sauce” that would be an advantage. Turns out, there really isn’t another app or platform out there dealing with creating simple yet binding agreements between buyers and service providers. Turns out a lot of the time these “agreements” are made verbally or at best over email or text. And there certainly isn’t an agreement app with payment capability built in. I was pretty amazed.

The fact that there really aren’t any direct competitors isn’t to say that the Quiktract development team hasn’t created an incredible app — they have. But more importantly, they’ve made reaching a binding agreement approachable for small businesses and single owners as well as everyday buyers like you and me (and pretty much all of those small business owners and single proprietors are also buyers in other relationships). They’ve made it simple and easy, yet flexible enough to handle everything from lawn care and landscaping to personal fitness to freelance work to graphic design to babysitting.

They also know that agreements are living things, so the app tracks communications about changes and supports modifications of the agreement including signoff by both parties. I know I’ve personally been in multiple situations where I thought I clearly understood what we just agreed to change about an agreement only to find out that the other party also clearly understood…and ultimately, we were each clearly wrong since we thought two different things.

It’s also nice to be able to make and receive payments through the app. It beats going to the bank for cash or dealing with writing/cashing checks. That also brings a certain peace of mind to the buyer and a lot of convenience for the provider.

If the Quiktract team did have competing apps out there, they would have still had a “secret sauce” of sorts in the form of the attorney network they’ve created for those times when one of the parties breaches the agreement. While both parties would hope to never have to use this “feature,” it certain helps each sleep at night knowing that if worse came to worst there are local attorneys ready and available to help resolve the situation.

It’s been great to be part of the team and it feels even better to know that we’re bringing to market a tool as useful as Quiktract to small businesses, single proprietors and the buying public.

Brian Montgomery, Marketing

By | 2018-11-20T02:26:46+00:00 November 9th, 2018|Management Thoughts, Quiktract Inc.|0 Comments

Meet Dwayne | #ineedquiktract

The Quiktract launch will bring with it a wide variety of templates within the app that can be used by both service providers and buyers to initiate a Quiktract with another party. Streamlined and simple, these templates provide individuals with a straight-forward way to quickly get their agreements in writing. With a mission to serve as broad of user base as possible out of the gate, the depth of the templates in version one is quite extensive and includes everything from a general services template to templates for Landscapers, Babysitters, Coaches, Tutors, Fitness Instructors, Entertainers and more. It is important for us as a company to meet the needs of our user base while also providing the framework to make things simple and we’ve worked to build a diverse template base for the first version of the app.

Garnering user feedback, and understanding how those that we’ve shared Quiktract with to-date will use the app, is incredibly important to our company. Our processes and the technology we are building are being defined and tweaked by real-world people to ensure the most optimum fit possible.

As part of this process we’ve started having open conversations with those that have reviewed Quiktract, understand its mission, and believe heavily in its premise. Those conversations now form the baseline for a video series under development called appropriately enough #ineedquiktract.

Above you will find the first video in a 10-part series with individuals from all walks of life and all user types. In this first video Dwayne discusses the challenges of being a singer / song-writer and how Quiktract could be used by up-and-coming artists that need to get terms quickly in the simplest of forms.

Enjoy!

By | 2018-11-20T02:27:10+00:00 November 7th, 2018|#ineedquiktract, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet Adam| #ineedquiktract

 

In the second installment of the #ineedquiktract campaign we are pleased to profile Adam.  Adam is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator.

In this video Adam discusses the challenges of managing your own freelance business and how Quiktract could be used by soloprenuers that need to get terms quickly in the simplest of forms.

Enjoy!

By | 2018-12-11T18:10:08+00:00 October 8th, 2018|#ineedquiktract|0 Comments