How to Write a Contract for Security Work

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Whether you're starting a new security business or you're already experienced in this field, having a security work contract will define the parameters of your work for you and your client. A good contract will outline liability in case of later work disputes, include payment information and discuss the scope of security work to be provided. When writing your security work contract, you should address worker training, law-enforcement techniques and any legal statutes that you'll need to follow while performing your security job.

Discuss the scope of work with your prospective client. Before you can write an effective contract, you need to know what the client's needs and expectations are. How many security workers does your client need? What is the time frame for this project? What areas will need to be patrolled, and what additional responsibilities will your company assume?

Determine the labor cost to your business for providing these services. Clients who need several workers on-site will cost you more money than clients who need a single security worker.

List any expenses you incurred to land this client, such as telephone bills, commuting costs, office rental payments or other expenses. To pay for your expenses, you need to lump some portion of this overhead into every contract.

Add the overhead and labor costs together: This will be the total cost to you of performing this contract work. Next determine how much profit you'd like to make from this client; add the profit to the total cost to determine how much money you'll need to charge the client for your services.

List all of your responsibilities and duties in the security work contract. Outline the time frame, number of workers, type of education or training these workers will have, anticipated obstacles or expenses, and any aspects that lie outside the scope of your security protection. Add the cost and terms of payment to the contract.

Provide your client with a copy of this agreement. The client will read through it and let you know if anything important has been left out. If necessary, revise the contract and return it to your client for a signature. Don't begin providing work until you've received a signed contract for your security work.

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