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Mentoring can get difficult. Both mentors and mentees typically have a lot on their plates including work, side projects, training plans, personal life, you name it. Your time is limited, and when working as an independent professional mentor, time is money. So, how can you develop a meaningful and productive mentoring relationship with your clients without wasting too much time communicating and setting expectations?

Drafting a contract from scratch for each new client can also be pretty time-consuming, and it might be tempting to stick to a more informal, verbal agreement. Don't. Instead, protect your business and show your professionalism by creating a pre-written mentoring contract template which will allow you to focus only on filling in the client-specific information, to quickly draft a legal document that your clients can also rely on.

Read on to find out what vital information your template should cover.

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Essential Elements of a Mentoring Contract Template

A mentoring contract is the leading path for your program, where you can effectively outline the objectives and logistics, as well as set clear expectations for both your client and you as their mentor. To do so, make sure to include the following essential elements on your contract template.

Objectives and Goals

The first thing your contract must outline is a clear objective for the mentorship program. Why is your client hiring you? State if the company is trying to increase employee skill levels (and what are these skills), decrease turnover, or create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Include details about where your client wants to be at their highest point of their career, or what is the most senior position they aspire to hold. The rest of the contract should be guided by this initial mission statement.

Development Plan (Scope of Work)

A mentee and mentor will agree on a development plan. In this section, you should include the concrete actions that your mentee is expected to take in order to achieve the previously stated goals, the time commitment they are willing to make, as well as the activities and exercises that will be implemented during the program.

Your contract should also identify the metrics that will be used to assess the success of the mentorship program. Don't forget to lay down some ground rules regarding communication considering if the client prefers to meet with you in person, over the phone, video call, or otherwise.


Next, your mentoring contract should define the (previously agreed upon) duration of the program. Specify the expected start and end dates, as well as when certain milestones should be achieved. Additionally, mention when each meeting should take place and how long they are expected to last. The majority of mentoring programs last only a few months, so it's important to follow a timeline so that mentors and mentees can pace themselves and ensure the goals are met.

Payment Terms

Another important aspect to address on your mentoring contract is the payment information. This section must include the total cost of your services, the amount required as a down payment, and when the rest of the installments will be required. You should also mention your accepted payment methods such as credit/debit cards, ACH transfers and online payments through Stripe or PayPal. Establishing the payment terms upfront will help you avoid misunderstandings and reduce late payments.

Confidentiality Clause

Finally, you must define the areas of the mentoring relationship that either party wants to keep confidential. This section will help build trust by committing to keeping every personal or sensitive information discussed during sessions as private. You must agree this information should never be voluntarily shared with others unless either of you is required to do so by law.

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Mentoring Contract Template

Mentoring Contract

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

This Contract is between Client (the "Client") and Acme LLC, a California limited liability company (the "Mentor").

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


1.1 Project. The Client is hiring the Mentor to do the following: [SERVICE DESCRIPTION]

1.2 Schedule. The Mentor will begin work on [DATE] and will continue until the work is completed. This Contract can be ended by either Client or Mentor at any time, pursuant to the terms of Section 6, Term and Termination.

1.3 Payment. The Client will pay the Mentor a rate of [PROJECT RATE] per hour. Of this, the Client will pay the Mentor [DEPOSIT AMOUNT] before work begins.

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

1.5 Invoices. The Mentor will invoice the Client at [INVOICE FREQUENCY]. The Client agrees to pay the amount owed within [X] days of receiving the invoice. Payment after that date will incur a late fee of [LATE FEE PERCENTAGE]% per month on the outstanding amount.

1.6 Support. The Mentor will not provide support for any deliverable once the Client accepts it, unless otherwise agreed in writing.


2.1 Client Owns All Work Product. As part of this job, the Mentor is creating “work product” for the Client. To avoid confusion, work product is the finished product, as well as drafts, notes, materials, mockups, hardware, designs, inventions, patents, code, and anything else that the Mentor works on—that is, conceives, creates, designs, develops, invents, works on, or reduces to practice—as part of this project, whether before the date of this Contract or after. The Mentor hereby gives the Client this work product once the Client pays for it in full. This means the Mentor is giving the Client all of its rights, titles, and interests in and to the work product (including intellectual property rights), and the Client will be the sole owner of it. The Client can use the work product however it wants or it can decide not to use the work product at all. The Client, for example, can modify, destroy, or sell it, as it sees fit.

2.2 Mentor's Use Of Work Product. Once the Mentor gives the work product to the Client, the Mentor does not have any rights to it, except those that the Client explicitly gives the Mentor here. The Client gives permission to use the work product as part of portfolios and websites, in galleries, and in other media, so long as it is to showcase the work and not for any other purpose. The Client does not give permission to sell or otherwise use the work product to make money or for any other commercial use. The Client is not allowed to take back this license, even after the Contract ends.

2.3 Mentor's Help Securing Ownership. In the future, the Client may need the Mentor's help to show that the Client owns the work product or to complete the transfer. The Mentor agrees to help with that. For example, the Mentor may have to sign a patent application. The Client will pay any required expenses for this. If the Client can’t find the Mentor, the Mentor agrees that the Client can act on the Mentor's behalf to accomplish the same thing. The following language gives the Client that right: if the Client can’t find the Mentor after spending reasonable effort trying to do so, the Mentor hereby irrevocably designates and appoints the Client as the Mentor's agent and attorney-in-fact, which appointment is coupled with an interest, to act for the Mentor and on the Mentor's behalf to execute, verify, and file the required documents and to take any other legal action to accomplish the purposes of paragraph 2.1 (Client Owns All Work Product).

2.4 Mentor's IP That Is Not Work Product. During the course of this project, the Mentor might use intellectual property that the Mentor owns or has licensed from a third party, but that does not qualify as “work product.” This is called “background IP.” Possible examples of background IP are pre-existing code, type fonts, properly-licensed stock photos, and web application tools. The Mentor is not giving the Client this background IP. But, as part of the Contract, the Mentor is giving the Client a right to use and license (with the right to sublicense) the background IP to develop, market, sell, and support the Client’s products and services. The Client may use this background IP worldwide and free of charge, but it cannot transfer its rights to the background IP (except as allowed in Section 11.1 (Assignment)). The Client cannot sell or license the background IP separately from its products or services. The Mentor cannot take back this grant, and this grant does not end when the Contract is over.

2.5 Mentor's Right To Use Client IP. The Mentor may need to use the Client’s intellectual property to do its job. For example, if the Client is hiring the Mentor to build a website, the Mentor may have to use the Client’s logo. The Client agrees to let the Mentor use the Client’s intellectual property and other intellectual property that the Client controls to the extent reasonably necessary to do the Mentor's job. Beyond that, the Client is not giving the Mentor any intellectual property rights, unless specifically stated otherwise in this Contract.


The Mentor won’t work for a competitor of the Client until this Contract ends. To avoid confusion, a competitor is any third party that develops, manufactures, promotes, sells, licenses, distributes, or provides products or services that are substantially similar to the Client’s products or services. A competitor is also a third party that plans to do any of those things. The one exception to this restriction is if the Mentor asks for permission beforehand and the Client agrees to it in writing. If the Mentor uses employees or subcontractors, the Mentor must make sure they follow the obligations in this paragraph, as well.


Until this Contract ends, the Mentor won’t: (a) encourage Client employees or service providers to stop working for the Client; (b) encourage Client customers or clients to stop doing business with the Client; or (c) hire anyone who worked for the Client over the 12-month period before the Contract ended. The one exception is if the Mentor puts out a general ad and someone who happened to work for the Client responds. In that case, the Mentor may hire that candidate. The Mentor promises that it won’t do anything in this paragraph on behalf of itself or a third party.


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

5.2 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.

5.3 Mentor Has Right To Give Client Work Product. The Mentor promises that it owns the work product, that the Mentor 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 Mentor uses employees or subcontractors, the Mentor also promises that these employees and subcontractors have signed contracts with the Mentor giving the Mentor any rights that the employees or subcontractors have related to the Mentor's background IP and work product.

5.4 Mentor Will Comply With Laws. The Mentor 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.

5.5 Work Product Does Not Infringe. The Mentor promises that its work product does not and will not infringe on someone else’s intellectual property rights, that the Mentor 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 Mentor has entered into or will enter into with someone else.

5.6 Client Will Review Work. The Client promises to review the work product, to be reasonably available to the Mentor if the Mentor has questions regarding this project, and to provide timely feedback and decisions.

5.7 Client-Supplied Material Does Not Infringe. If the Client provides the Mentor 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 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 11.4. The Mentor must immediately stop working as soon as it receives this notice, unless the notice says otherwise. The Client will pay the Mentor for the work done up until when the Contract ends and will reimburse the Mentor for any agreed-upon, non-cancellable expenses. The following sections don’t end even after the Contract ends: 2 (Ownership and Licenses); 3 (Competitive Engagements); 4 (Non-Solicitation); 5 (Representations); 8 (Confidential Information); 9 (Limitation of Liability); 10 (Indemnity); and 11 (General).


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

  • The Mentor 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 Mentor is responsible for determining when, where, and how it will carry out the work.
  • The Client will not provide the Mentor with any training.
  • The Client and the Mentor do not have a partnership or employer-employee relationship.
  • The Mentor cannot enter into contracts, make promises, or act on behalf of the Client.
  • The Mentor is not entitled to the Client’s benefits (e.g., group insurance, retirement benefits, retirement plans, vacation days).
  • The Mentor 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 Mentor or any of the Mentor's employees or subcontractors.


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

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

8.3 Third-Party Confidential Information. It’s possible the Client and the Mentor each have access to confidential information that belongs to third parties. The Client and the Mentor 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 Mentor 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.


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

10.2 Client Indemnity. In this Contract, the Mentor 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 Mentor has done under this Contract; (ii) a breach by the Mentor of its obligations under this Contract; or (iii) a breach by the Mentor of the promises it is making in Section 5 (Representations).

10.3 Mentor Indemnity. In this Contract, the Client agrees to indemnify the Mentor (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.


11.1 Assignment. This Contract applies only to the Client and the Mentor. The Mentor cannot assign its rights or delegate its obligations under this Contract to a third-party (other than by will or intestate), without first receiving the Client’s written permission. In contrast, the Client may assign its rights and delegate its obligations under this Contract without the Mentor's permission. This is necessary in case, for example, another Client buys out the Client or if the Client decides to sell the work product that results from this Contract.

11.2 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.

11.3 Modification; Waiver. To change anything in this Contract, the Client and the Mentor 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.

11.4 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.

11.5 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.

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

11.7 Governing Law. The laws of the state of California govern the rights and obligations of the Client and the Mentor under this Contract, without regard to conflict of law principles of that state.

11.8 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.