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« on: January 05, 2006 08:18:43 PM »

Hi, tomorrow morning I have a meeting with a local yarn shop to show them some of my handpainted yarns and to discuss handpainting unique colors just for them. I've thought it through tonight, but now I have questions that I can't seem to come up to an answer for:
1. we'll be coming up with colors exclusive to her shop, and this will probably require some trial and error...do I charge her for the trials? do I just ask that she purchase the yarn that I'm experimenting with? Or do I purchase it, dye it and if she doesn't like it, I sell it on etsy?
2.  What if she doesn't like the colors I have (perhaps she wants more muted or something) do I insist that I can come up with something to her satisfaction, or do I take it as a hint that she's not interested?
3. If she's purchasing the yarn and I'm charging a 'handpainting' fee...should we have some k ind of contract?
Ack! I"m sure I have more but can't come up with them-Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2006 08:46:17 PM »

The only question I can answer for sure is YES! you should have a contract, and it should include everything in your agreement. I don't think you need to get it notarized or anything, but you should definitely each have a signed paper copy of your agreement. (IANAL, though.) Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2006 12:35:56 PM »

Thanks for your answer! The initial meeting today went well. She looked at my handpainted yarns and we discussed the basics. We're having another meeting next week, and I'll make sure to bring up the contract. The way I figure it, it'll include:
Payment
Payment schedule
Ordering schedule (or regularity)
the terms of our 'exclusivity arrangement'
Do ya'll have ideas for what else I should put into it?
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2006 02:28:54 PM »

That sounds like a good way to start.  Smiley
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