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As a professional life coach, it's in your best interest to provide a well-written coaching client agreement as it offers legal protection and helps to clarify ground rules for a smooth client intake process. A coaching contract is a formal contract that safeguards both you as the life coach, and your clients. This legal document helps to set limits for coach-client relationships by outlining the expected behavior, length of services provided, and payment arrangements.

A great way to create a strong contract for every client is by having a pre-written life coaching contract template, which will ensure all important details are covered every single time. This will save you a lot of time as you will only have to focus on filling out the client-specific information, and you'll have a professional coaching contract in no time.

To help you create your own template, we will go over some of the most important elements you must make sure to include.

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Elements of a Life Coaching Agreement Template

A good life coaching agreement must clearly outline the responsibilities of both the coach and the client as well as lay out the right expectations regarding the coach-client relationship. When writing your contract template, keep in mind this is a legally-binding document, so pay close attention to every detail as any mistakes or omissions can easily lead to disputes and legal ramifications.

Here are the essential elements you must cover.

Description of Coaching

Many clients might be unfamiliar with what 'life coaching' actually entails. So, to begin your contract template, it's important to define the type and purpose of coaching services you will provide. Explain that your services intend to motivate your clients to reach their fullest potential on a personal and professional level. This is a great way to clarify before the customer commits to the process.

Try our life coach questionnaire to get a good understanding of what your client's problems and goals are.

Responsibilities and Expectations

Defining the client's responsibilities and expectations is fundamental to your coaching agreement. Your clients must understand they are completely responsible for developing and executing his or her own physical, mental, and emotional well-being, decisions, choices, actions, and results. You, as their coach, will not be held accountable for any actions or inactions or for any direct or indirect effects of any services provided.

Additionally, make sure your client understands that coaching is not therapy, you are not a mental health professional, and your program should not be used in place of therapy if necessary. You will not diagnose, treat, or cure any mental illness or physical ailment. Finally, make sure the client agrees to be open to feedback, communicate honestly, as well as invest the necessary time and energy to engage with the program fully.

Services Provided

Next, it's time to describe the services included in your life coaching program and how they will be provided. Outlining the meeting methods (online, in-person, phone calls, etc...), through which channels you will be available in between meetings (e-mail, voicemail, etc...), and how the client can request additional time or extra services.

It's a good idea to outline the aspects of your client's life they hope to improve and how you intend to help them (describe the program or strategy you will follow). Additionally, specify if you will be able to engage in extra activities (other than the coaching sessions), such as reviewing documents, writing reports, etc., and how much you will charge for them.

Code of Ethics and Confidentiality

Your life coaching contracts must include a confidentiality clause to ensure the client's confidential information will be kept private. You must state that all conversations will be protected and you will never voluntarily disclose the coaching relationship you have with clients without their prior consent, unless you are obligated by law to do so.

At the same time, it's worth mentioning that your client must keep your methodologies and coaching approach confidential. You don't want them sharing details of their coaching program with others because it might give potential future clients the wrong expectations of your services.

Service Schedule

It's important to specify the length of the services you intend to provide, detailing how many sessions will take place and the duration of each meeting or call. Define how the time and dates of the meetings will be determined, and who will be responsible for initiating any scheduled calls as well as the grace period before the session is considered 'missed'.

Make sure to include a rescheduling and cancellation policy to outline the procedure to follow in case a client cannot make it to a scheduled session. Explain when the client will be subject to any extra charges or will be entitled to a refund for a missed appointment.

Termination of Services

Throughout the coaching process, several unforeseen circumstances may arise. Either you or your client might need to cancel the services, which is why you must outline the termination policy and methods. Specify how much time in advance will be needed for written notice and how any pending balance will be collected.

Intellectual Property Rights

You'll probably offer a ton of excellent resources and content to your clients, so be sure to safeguard all of it since it is YOUR intellectual property and not anybody else's. The last thing you want is to discover someone else is using your work without giving credit. Make sure to specify how your clients can use the resources you provide, whether these are part of your coaching program or free resources on your website.

Be as specific as you can in this section, you probably don't want them to use your material for business purposes. Incorporating this clause on your contract will give you the right to take legal action in the case your work is improperly used.

Communication Guidelines

Being a life coach does not mean you have to always be available to your clients. In order to save your time and energy, it's crucial to establish clear boundaries in your business. Specify how you prefer to be contacted by your clients and establish your office hours so clients won't want to call you or text at 9 p.m. on a Saturday night. You can clarify in which cases these guidelines can be broken (what would be considered an urgent matter).

Your response time should be mentioned in your contract as well, which will establish the timeline for your client's expectation of a response. This may be within 1 - 2 business days, 24 hours or any other time frame that fits your needs. Just be sure that whatever time frame you provide is feasible for you over the long run.

Payment Terms

The best way to prevent being ghosted or losing money is to have clear payment terms. Specify the total price of the program or price per session, when each payment will be due and how it should be made (an online payment such as PayPal or Stripe, credit/debit cards, transfers, etc...). You must also discuss what happens when a payment is missed (are there any late payment penalties) and whether you offer any refunds.

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Life Coaching Contract Template

Life Coaching Contract

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.

This contract (the "Contract") is between Client (the "Client") and Acme, LLC (the "Coach").

The Contract is dated [the date both parties sign].


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Coach to develop a coaching relationship between the Client and Coach in order to cultivate the Client's personal, professional, or business goals and create a plan to achieve those goals through stimulating and creative interactions with the ultimate result of maximizing the Client's personal or professional potential.

The Client wishes to engage the Coach's services in order to achieve the following: [COACHING GOALS OR ATTACH STATEMENT OF WORK "Please see the attached Statement of Work."]

1.2 Schedule. The Coach will begin work on [START DATE] and will [END DATE OR "continue until the work is completed"]. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Coach at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 4, Term and Termination.

The Coach and Client will meet ["by telephone" or "by video conference" or "in person"] [NUMBER OF DAYS] days per [week/month] for [AMOUNT OF TIME] [minutes/hours].

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Coach ["a flat fee of $XXX USD" or "in milestones totaling $XXX USD" or "an hourly/daily/weekly/monthly rate of $XXX USD"]. Of this, the Client will pay the Contractor [$XXX USD] before work begins. [The milestones will be invoiced as follows: INSERT MILESTONE SCHEDULE]

1.4 Expenses. The Client [will/will not] reimburse the Coach's expenses. Expenses [do/do not] need to be pre-approved by the Client.

1.5 Invoices. The Coach will invoice the Client ["at the end of the project" or "in accordance with the milestones in Section 1.3."] The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within [NUMBER OF DAYS] day of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of [X%] per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Coach [will/will not] be available by telephone or email in between scheduled sessions.


  • A coaching relationship is a partnership between two or more individuals or entities, like a teacher-student or coach-athlete relationship. Both the Client and Coach must uphold their obligations for the relationship to be successful.
  • The Coach agrees to maintain the ethics and standards of behavior established by the [INSERT COACH'S CERTIFYING ORGANIZATION].
  • The Client acknowledges and agrees that coaching is a comprehensive process that may explore different areas of the Client's life, including work, finances, health, and relationships.
  • The Client is responsible for implementing the insights and techniques learned from the Coach.


3.1 Overview. This section contains important promises between the parties.

3.2 Authority To Sign. Each party promises to the other party that it has the authority to enter into this Contract and to perform all of its obligations under this Contract.

3.3 Coach Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Coach promises that it owns the work product, that the Coach is able to give the work product to the Client, and that no other party will claim that it owns the work product. If the Coach uses employees or subcontractors, the Coach also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Coach giving the Coach any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Coach's background IP and work product.

3.4 Coach Will Comply With Laws. The Coach promises that the manner it does this job, its work product, and any background IP it uses comply with applicable U.S. and foreign laws and regulations.

3.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Coach promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights, that the Coach has the right to let the Client use the background IP, and that this Contract does not and will not violate any contract that the Coach has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

3.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Coach with material to incorporate into the work product, the Client promises that this material does not infringe on someone else's intellectual property rights.


This Contract is ongoing until it expires or the work is completed. Either party may end this Contract for any reason by sending an email or letter to the other party, informing the recipient that the sender is ending the Contract and that the Contract will end in 7 days. The Contract officially ends once that time has passed. The party that is ending the Contract must provide notice by taking the steps explained in Section 9.4. The Coach must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice unless the notice says otherwise.

If either party ends this Contract before the Contract automatically ends, the Client will pay the Contractor for the work done up until when the Contract ends. The following sections don't end even after the Contract ends: 3 (Representations); 6 (Confidential Information); 7 (Limitation of Liability); 8 (Indemnity); and 9 (General).


The Client is hiring the Coach as an independent contractor. The following statements accurately reflect their relationship:

  • The Coach will use its own equipment, tools, and material to do the work.
  • The Client will not control how the job is performed on a day-to-day basis. Rather, the Coach is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.
  • The Client will not provide the Coach with any training.
  • The Client and the Coach do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.
  • The Coach cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.
  • The Coach is not entitled to the Client's benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).
  • The Coach is responsible for its own taxes.
  • The Client will not withhold social security and Medicare taxes or make payments for disability insurance, unemployment insurance, or workers compensation for the Coach or any of the Coach's employees or subcontractors.


6.1 Overview. This Contract imposes special restrictions on how the Client and the Coach must handle confidential information. These obligations are explained in this section.

6.2 The Client's Confidential Information. While working for the Client, the Coach may come across, or be given, Client information that is confidential. This is information like customer lists, business strategies, research & development notes, statistics about a website, and other information that is private. The Coach promises to treat this information as if it is the Coach's own confidential information. The Coach may use this information to do its job under this Contract, but not for anything else. For example, if the Client lets the Coach use a customer list to send out a newsletter, the Coach cannot use those email addresses for any other purpose. The one exception to this is if the Client gives the Coach written permission to use the information for another purpose, the Coach may use the information for that purpose, as well. When this Contract ends, the Coach must give back or destroy all confidential information, and confirm that it has done so. The Coach promises that it will not share confidential information with a third party, unless the Client gives the Coach written permission first. The Coach must continue to follow these obligations, even after the Contract ends. The Coach's responsibilities only stop if the Coach can show any of the following: (i) that the information was already public when the Coach came across it; (ii) the information became public after the Coach came across it, but not because of anything the Coach did or didn't do; (iii) the Coach already knew the information when the Coach came across it and the Coach didn't have any obligation to keep it secret; (iv) a third party provided the Coach with the information without requiring that the Coach keep it a secret; or (v) the Coach created the information on its own, without using anything belonging to the Client.

6.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It's possible the Client and the Coach each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Coach each promise that it will not share with the other party confidential information that belongs to third parties, unless it is allowed to do so. If the Client or the Coach is allowed to share confidential information with the other party and does so, the sharing party promises to tell the other party in writing of any special restrictions regarding that information.


Neither party is liable for breach-of-contract damages that the breaching party could not reasonably have foreseen when it entered this Contract.


8.1 Overview. This section transfers certain risks between the parties if a third party sues or goes after the Client or the Coach or both. For example, if the Client gets sued for something that the Coach did, then the Coach may promise to come to the Client's defense or to reimburse the Client for any losses.

8.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Coach agrees to indemnify the Client (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against all liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of: (i) the work the Coach has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Coach of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Coach of the promises it is making in Section 3 (Representations).

8.3 Coach Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Coach (and its affiliates and their directors, officers, employees, and agents) from and against liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) related to a third-party claim or proceeding arising out of a breach by the Client of its obligations under this Contract.


9.1 Assignment​. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Coach. Neither the Client nor the Coach can assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the other's written permission.

9.2 Arbitration. As the exclusive means of initiating adversarial proceedings to resolve any dispute arising under this Contract, a party may demand that the dispute be resolved by arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association in accordance with its commercial arbitration rules.

9.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Coach must agree to that change in writing and sign a document showing their contract. Neither party can waive its rights under this Contract or release the other party from its obligations under this Contract, unless the waiving party acknowledges it is doing so in writing and signs a document that says so.

9.4 Notices.

(a) Over the course of this Contract, one party may need to send a notice to the other party. For the notice to be valid, it must be in writing and delivered in one of the following ways: personal delivery, email, or certified or registered mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested). The notice must be delivered to the party's address listed at the end of this Contract or to another address that the party has provided in writing as an appropriate address to receive notice.

(b) The timing of when a notice is received can be very important. To avoid confusion, a valid notice is considered received as follows: (i) if delivered personally, it is considered received immediately; (ii) if delivered by email, it is considered received upon acknowledgement of receipt; (iii) if delivered by registered or certified mail (postage prepaid, return receipt requested), it is considered received upon receipt as indicated by the date on the signed receipt. If a party refuses to accept notice or if notice cannot be delivered because of a change in address for which no notice was given, then it is considered received when the notice is rejected or unable to be delivered. If the notice is received after 5:00pm on a business day at the location specified in the address for that party, or on a day that is not a business day, then the notice is considered received at 9:00am on the next business day.

9.5 Severability. This section deals with what happens if a portion of the Contract is found to be unenforceable. If that's the case, the unenforceable portion will be changed to the minimum extent necessary to make it enforceable, unless that change is not permitted by law, in which case the portion will be disregarded. If any portion of the Contract is changed or disregarded because it is unenforceable, the rest of the Contract is still enforceable.

9.6 Signatures. The Client and the Coach must sign this document using Bonsai's e-signing system. These electronic signatures count as originals for all purposes.

9.7 Governing Law. The validity, interpretation, construction and performance of this document shall be governed by the laws of the United States of America.

9.8 Entire Contract. This Contract represents the parties' final and complete understanding of this job and the subject matter discussed in this Contract. This Contract supersedes all other contracts (both written and oral) between the parties.

First Name
Last Name
Acme LLC.
First Name
Last Name
Corporation Corp.