Define the Scope of the Work - The terms constitute the body of the contract. Start off by clearly defining what it is the scope of the work or service you are to provide, and the timeline you propose to complete the work. Be specific. Don't simply say you will renovate a client's kitchen. Provide details of the cabinet designs, countertops, and other materials and work you will provide. If applicable, give a timeframe for each phase of a project.
Naming the Parties - You begin the contract by naming the parties in the agreement. This may seem obvious, but attorney Mark Cohen of Colorado writes in his article Ten Things to Consider Before Signing a Contract that "a common error is to use the name of a person representing an entity rather than the name of the entity."