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

5 Tips For More Effective Networking For Freelancers; How To Get More Freelance Clients

Networking is an interesting exercise. As freelancer trying to shake the right hands or leverage an existing relationship, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of putting yourself out there. However, one conversation or connection can put you on path to achieving all of your business dreams.

Some of us thrive off of meeting new people, and some are a little less thrilled by the idea. Whichever boat you are in, there are tactics and strategies you can utilize to help you not just exchange business cards but forge long-term, strategic and meaningful relationships.

Tips on preparing for your next freelance networking event– Quiktract App

As a freelancer, networking is your meal ticket. You need to be starting conversations with new clients, as well as nurturing connections for continuous work.

Below are 5 tips for more effective networking for freelancers.

1. Get in the Right Mindset.

We all want to connect.

No matter your hustle, we’re all just people at the end of the day. It’s really as simple as that. People want to connect, they may not always know how or where, but when they find someone and forge a bound – it means something.

Remembering this before you go to a mixer or out to a bar is the first step to creating a memorable moment.

Tips on preparing for your next freelance networking event– Quiktract App

Set yourself apart by saying, “I am going to meet some very cool and interesting people” and not “I am going to find my next 10 clients”.

Want to find networking events in your area, but not sure where to start? Check out Search Engine Journal’s 13 Awesome Professional Networking Alternatives to LinkedIn for some useful platforms to help you find relevant networking events near you and get more freelance clients.

2. Have Your _____ Together.

As a freelancer, you run your whole operation.

This means your presentation falls 100% squarely on your shoulders. Be sure your website, portfolio, and even your Instagram are up-to-date and showcase your work in the best possible light.

Making the connection is one thing, but the gig usually isn’t yours until the client has done a little bit of homework on you.

3. Add Value.

It can be a dog-eat-dog world for a freelancer.

It is very easy to get consumed in only thinking about yourself and the bottom line. It’s important (and healthy) to take time to see how you can help others on their journey. It doesn’t have to be working for free or anything like that, it could be something as simple as offering insight or playing matchmaker with a potential client and someone you may know with a particular skill set.

Take some time to take the blinders off and help others succeed! Doing so without asking for anything in return isn’t only a kind thing to do, it can help strengthen your relationships down the line.

4. Get Social.

How to connect with more freelance clients – Quiktract App

It’s 2019, people hardly leave their house as it is! Platforms like Instagram are a fantastic place to showcase your skills and network with other like-minded individuals.

Take some time to discover who are the interesting and most helpful voices in your field and connect. It is also the most direct route from A-to-B when it comes to sharing relevant information and articles that may help others.

For some more tips on how to network your freelance business on Instagram, check out How To Network On Instagram Direct Message by Gary Vaynerchuk.

5. Ask For Help.

Truth be told, this is a huge one for me. Some of my most important connections came from me simply asking for help from someone I respect.

Now, by asking for help that doesn’t mean “Excuse me, can you stop everything and mentor me please?!” No, it means something else entirely.

A sure fire way to set yourself apart from most of your contemporaries is actually by not thinking you have it all figured out.

“Hey, what do you look for in a designer?”

“What are some books on finance you could recommend?”

Simply put, find individuals you would like to work with and ask them for help. You will be surprised how willing most people are to shell out advice on a topic instead of listen to your elevator pitch.

Tips to crushing your next networking event – Quiktract App

Doing this breathes a sigh of humility and allows someone to have a more honest dialogue.

What are some other helpful networking tips you’ve received? Reach out and let us know!

To learn more about networking for your freelance business, read our relationship expert, Blake Stanton’s advice on building business relationships.

Cole Midkiff

Founder

Why Freelancers Fail; What Freelancing Is Really Like

I started Quiktract the day I saw a friend of mine get screwed out of $800. This was by no means the first time any fellow freelancer I’ve known has gotten ripped off, but for some reason this time it stung.

It felt permanent, it felt heavy, and must of all – it felt avoidable. As I sat there in his Toyota Matrix I knew this was a problem that could truly be fixed. The only question was, how?

My name is Cole and I’ve worn my fair share of hats over the years. Whether it was designing clothes or writing songs, I’ve always found my place nestled somewhere inside of the creative process. I’ve created things that I am tremendously proud of and equally also created things that make me thankful that there’s such thing as a “delete” button.

Why Freelancers Fail - What Freelancing Is Really Like – Quiktract Blog

Like a lot of creatives in the freelancer industry, I’ve learned pretty much everything I know through a healthy amount of “trial-and-error” and YouTube tutorials. Well everything, except how to run a business.

The mindset of most freelancers (myself included) was always very interesting to me.

How was it that all of us decided to go at it alone, trudging through the maze of the business world, and yet hardly treated ourselves like the businesses we were?

We would find ourselves staring down the barrel of a 6th logo revision questioning why a weekend job has dragged on for a month; only to then wait weeks longer for payment that would then take 2 more weeks to clear.

Why Freelancers Fail – Agreements and Legal Documents - Quiktract

The truth is, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. One of my favorite sayings ever goes like this, “what you tolerate, you encourage” and that just about sums up the woes of freelance life for me.

The even crazier part was how we would orchestrate these deals in the first place. Never mind tolerating the utterly ambiguous deadlines, the hazy payment dates, and the terms that would magically change. How could we ever expect this to work out?

What’s worse was sometimes deals like this would go off without a hitch, essentially just reinforcing this system. Stringing together two weeks’ worth of text messages to clarify things we could’ve made clear with a simple agreement if we both stopped being “cool” about it.

How Freelancers Make Agreements - Quiktract

It was that idea of being “cool about it” that interested me the most during the conceptualization of Quiktract. As silly as it may seem, in the freelance creative world, most contracts have a stigma attached to them. They feel harsh, final, and reek of corporate America (I know right)!

It’s why Quiktract is all about removing that heavy-handed feeling. It’s never been solely about streamlining a process, but rather encouraging clarity.

This is what we strive for at Quiktract.

How To Layout Terms For Freelance Work - Quiktract

I want to live in a world where we all feel comfortable laying out the specifics of a job and know that we’re on the same page. I want to live in a world where if plans change we don’t send ourselves down a text conversation rabbit hole fishing for answers.

I’m excited for a future that looks like that, and I think we just might be on our way!

Cole Midkiff
Quiktract Founder

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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Phone: 1-646-480-0356

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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

The Genesis of Quiktract…

I have friends in the freelance community. And I’ve seen them lose out because they didn’t get an agreement in writing. Almost always, it was not maliciously being taken advantage of either. It was simply reasonable people who saw things differently. And my friends could not afford to hire an attorney after the fact (nor could they have afforded to hire lawyers to write complex contracts to begin with), so they simply gave in and took less money.

I thought “if they had only written something down and gotten it signed.” Heck, even the proverbial back of the napkin would have worked! Then I thought that there must be an app that could have helped, but there wasn’t one. So, here we are creating an app that will protect both buyers and providers from misunderstandings or worse malicious intent. And we back up the agreements with a network of attorneys who can help with the worst cases.

Once we started working on the idea, it became obvious that this could benefit a lot more people than just the freelance community. Any time there is a buyer and a seller (or service provider), there is some kind of agreement. And agreements have specifics and particulars which reasonable people can interpret differently if they just rely on memory. And most of the time, neither party can afford an attorney upfront (and would like to avoid having to hire one afterwards).

In essence, Quiktract provides an electronic “napkin” for capturing agreements. (It actually comes with several predefined agreement templates based on different businesses and industries.) The agreements are far simpler to use than contracts packed with “legalese” but just as binding. Because it’s an app, it can track changes and agreement to those changes by both parties. And it handles payments which is also beneficial to both parties.

We set out to revolutionize agreements. I don’t think that we’ve necessarily revolutionized them so much as evolved that back of the napkin approach to its ultimate conclusion. And now, with Quiktract, both parties can enter an agreement with the details documented, changes captured and make/receive payment — all in a simple, easy to use app.

Cole Midkiff, CMO

By | 2018-11-20T02:27:46+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Management Thoughts|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