The Most Common Types of Business Contracts Explained

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Whether you’re an experienced businessman or just starting out, business contracts can give you a headache. Nowadays, there are countless types of them, which makes it difficult to understand what purpose each one serves. There’s no need to fret, though, because DoNotPay has your back!

Read our guide and learn all about different types of business contracts and how to make them the easy way. 

What Is a Business Contract? 

A business contract is a legally binding agreement between two or more parties. It contains the specifics of buying and selling goods or services between the signers. 

For a business contract to be formed, there must be an offer extended by one of the parties and accepted by the other along with:

  • A promise to perform a service or deliver a product
  • The time required for the delivery or duty to be performed 
  • The terms and conditions of the contract

What Makes a Contract Legally Binding?

If a business contract is to be legally binding, it needs to include the following elements:



OfferOne of the parties should offer to provide their service or goods to the other
AcceptanceThe willingness by the parties to respect the terms and conditions of the contract
ConsiderationA legal way to say that an exchange between two parties must take place
Mutual consentA statement that both parties mutually accept the terms and conditions of the contract
Competence Both parties need to be competent to sign the contract. This means that they’re:

  • Of appropriate age—usually 18 or over
  • Aware of the terms of the contract
  • Entitled to sign the document on behalf of the business they represent
Legal purposeTo be valid, the contract mustn't involve illegal actions

What Are the Most Common Types of Business Contracts?

Here’s a list of some of the most common business contract types:

  1. Non-disclosure agreement 
  2. Partnership agreement
  3. Equipment lease agreement
  4. Indemnification agreement
  5. Employment agreement 

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A non-disclosure agreement is a legally binding contract in which both parties agree to keep certain information disclosed. It protects any type of confidential information or trade secrets. There are two types of non-disclosure agreements:

  1. Mutual non-disclosure agreement—needed when both parties discuss working together and want to keep the details of their business a secret
  2. Non-mutual agreement—signed by one party that has access to the other party’s sensitive info

Partnership Agreement

A partnership agreement is usually signed by two or more parties who want to manage a business together. It contains the obligations of each party and protects everyone’s interests. 

Equipment Lease Agreement

An equipment lease agreement is an agreement in which the lessor (owner) allows the lessee (renter) to use the equipment for a certain time in exchange for payment. It’s commonly used to lease vehicles, factory machines, and similar.

There are two types of equipment lease agreements:

  1. Capital lease—used to lease equipment that the lessee wants to use long term and then purchase it at the end of the lease period. This type is non-cancelable
  2. Operating lease—used to lease equipment short term and is usually cancellable before the lease period is over

Indemnification Agreement

An indemnity agreement is a contract that guarantees that one of the signing parties will be free from any burden, loss, or damage. It also ensures compensation for the party that holds the contract. 

Employment Agreement

An employment agreement is a contract signed by an employee who agrees with the proposed working conditions and rules. The contract should contain the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and the employee.

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