NDAs are a tricky issue, and a frequent sticking point — especially for creatives.
When I was an employee, I understood that NDAs were important to others. Not my business, so I don’t call the shots.
Early on in my own business, I made the mistake of signing NDAs here and there upon client request. I thought that I had to.
Now that I’ve been burned a few times, I don’t sign NDAs.
I don’t really see the point. If I sign an NDA, it basically gives you permission to sue me if I disclose something about your business.
- I trade on trust; disclosing your info would be stupid of me. But…
- You can sue me anyway; you don’t need my permission.
So why start the relationship off on a bad foot? It doesn’t offer any real protection that you don’t already have.
My advice: Start from a place of trust instead. If it’s not there from the start, I walk away. Yes, I have the luxury of doing so. Maybe you don’t. But it’s something to work towards.
This is only my experience — but I lay out my reasoning in more detail in this podcast episode: