The one thing that all good companies have in common is that they take themselves and their customers seriously. Primarily, that means protecting both parties in case something goes wrong.
One of the best ways to ensure that everyone involved in a sale or business deal remains safe is a terms and conditions section on your website, contract, or business proposal.
If you don’t want to write this section yourself or hire a lawyer, your best bet is using a free terms and conditions generator – or pay for one. This is a great way to come up with your own terms and conditions section in a fraction of the time for a small fee.
Here is our overview of the top terms and conditions generators on the market today so you can find the best one for your needs and budget.
By the way, if you’re looking for proposal software that comes with terms and conditions with each proposal, make sure to check out Better Proposals! There is a terms and conditions section in each proposal template in our library and you don’t have to worry about using any terms and conditions generators listed below.
Do I really need a terms and conditions section?
As a business owner, you want some kind of a document to protect yourself and your customers and limit your liability, no matter what you sell and whom you sell it to. There is a reason why most “serious” small businesses have a terms and conditions section, even though it is not required by law.
Without one, your business is left vulnerable to customers who can sue you for any reason they can think of. Here’s a case of a man who sued a beer company for false advertising – he wanted $10,000 because he believed that drinking their beer would make his fantasies come true. Of course, drinking beer does not put you in a tropical resort with lots of beautiful women, but in his mind, it was a reason for a lawsuit.
If you don’t want to hire a lawyer to write your terms and conditions, you can simply grab a terms and conditions template online and save yourself from any future attempts of bogus lawsuits. At the same time, your customers will feel safer knowing that they too are protected.
Instead of writing a T&C section yourself, you can use one of these generators which will create great legal documents for you for a small fee. You can just copy it to your website, contract or business proposal and you’re ready to go. However, if you want to protect your business with proper legal advice, it’s best to hire a lawyer.
Today, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best terms and conditions generators in the market so we can find the best one for you.
Before going any further
No matter which of the tools you choose, there is one important thing to keep in mind: no terms and conditions generator can replace advice from an actual lawyer. While these terms and conditions are great to keep scammers at bay, they are by no means an impenetrable piece of legislation. If you sell a high-ticket product, if you have a large number of customers or if you just want that extra peace of mind, make sure to hire a lawyer to write a set of compliant terms and conditions. Only then can you know that you really are protected.
However, if you want something easy and simple to protect yourself and your customers, read on.
One of the most popular terms and conditions generators in the game, Termsfeed has been around for a while. It comes with a range of T&C templates that you can choose from based on your needs and it literally takes minutes to get started. Besides a terms and conditions agreement, you can generate privacy policies, end-user license agreements, cookie policies and return and refund policies, all within the same user-friendly app.
Once you choose your document type, Termsfeed guides you through a series of multiple-choice questions to find out more about your business and needs. Once you select your entity type, location, business name and other data, you can choose where and how you want the document to be hosted (PDF, HTML, text, etc.). And with one button, your terms and conditions are generated.
If you need just the basic terms and conditions, you can use the app completely free. Just go to their website, generate a document and put it on your website or business proposal. For most cases, the free version should be enough. The paid versions are more customized for your business and will do a better job at protecting you and your intellectual property from frivolous lawsuits.
The problem is, they don’t list the exact price on their website so you pretty much have to sign up and find out the price on your own. Our version was $30, but the terms and conditions you order can cost anywhere from $10 to $70. The good news is, this is a one-time fee and it’s definitely cheaper than hiring a lawyer.
Another very popular option for websites and business owners, Termly lets you create customized terms and conditions policies completely free. However, there are certain limitations.
We used Termly to create our own terms and conditions and the entire process took less than 10 minutes. They have a really simple guide that lets you answer questions about your company and website and you can create a personalized T&C section fairly easily. It’s not perfect but it gets the job done.
As mentioned, you can generate the terms and conditions for free and host it on your website or wherever else it’s necessary. However, the free version has one major flaw: it does not let your host your terms and conditions on your own website. In other words, you can only view it on Termly. For some people, this may not be a deal-breaker, but it will appear unprofessional. When you add the fact that the free version has a Termly logo which you cannot remove, it’s clear that this option is not satisfactory. You can pay the fee and automatically update the T&C to show it anywhere.
The paid version starts at 9EUR per month (if paid annually) or 18EUR if paid monthly, and that is the price per domain. Compared to Termsfeed, it’s quite pricey.
If you’re looking for a quick way to draft up a basic terms and conditions section, this is one of the best solutions out there. The interface is beautifully simple and you have everything that you need to create your policy on a single page. We were able to set up our own T&C within 10-15 minutes and it was ready to share instantly.
One thing that we noticed about GetTerms is that the policy generated was less specific than others and that the terms and conditions were more general in nature. If you want something that is more catered to your own small business, you will have to go for a paid plan.
The more expensive Comprehensive pack is $29 and the biggest difference is that it is fully GDPR-ready. There are advanced sections for personal information, third-party privacy and data footprint. Everything from the Custom plan is also included.
Overall, you can only truly benefit from this terms of service generator if you use one of the paid plans. The cheaper, Custom pack will be more than enough for your basic business needs and for $15, you really cannot complain.
If you’re in eCommerce, marketplace or SaaS industries, this is definitely a worthy option to consider. Iubenda offers terms and conditions which are customizable with over 100 clauses and come in 8 different languages, created with the help of an international legal team – sounds very hard to beat.
There are two pricing plans if you want just terms and conditions for your website. First, there is the Business plan which costs $9 per month and gives you 5 license slots and a cookie solution for up to 25k monthly views. If you need just the terms and conditions, this is a decent deal. Alternatively, you can grab the personal plan with one Pro license at $27 per year. Of course, you can mix and match different Iubenda packages to find the ideal solution for your business.
Overall, the biggest benefit of Iubenda is that it’s as closest you will get to hiring a lawyer without doing so. It’s a powerful application that lets you create a fully customized solution for your business. The biggest downside, especially compared to other entries on this list, is the subscription-based payment model.
This is one of the better-known terms and conditions generators on the market and for a good reason. Besides the standard use on your website, you can use their T&C for your mobile app and you can download it on your device.
Just like their competitors, it lets you create a terms and conditions page using a simple questionnaire. Everyone can do it and you won’t need more than 15 minutes from beginning to the end. The terms and conditions generated are fairly general and won’t protect you 100% but they will be enough to cover your most basic needs.
You can get away with the free plan, but not really. When you visit the pricing page, you can see that you have to get a paid plan if you use the terms and conditions for websites with eCommerce, subscription plans and intellectual property. In other words, if you’re selling something, you need to pay for their terms and conditions. If you’re not selling anything, would you really need a terms and conditions section? The paid version is a one-time fee of $30, which is on par with the rest of the entries on this list.
If you sell as much as a single product on your website, you will end up paying for PrivacyPolicies. In other words, there really is no free plan.
If you want a quick and easy way to generate a terms and conditions section for your website or business, these are some of the best solutions in the market. Each of them has its pros and cons, but in our own testing, Termsfeed and Iubenda worked the best for us. Whichever you choose, bear in mind that it’s best to consult a lawyer if you want to be fully protected.
If you want to have terms and conditions included in your business proposals, worry not! Every proposal sent through Better Proposals has a terms and conditions section included to keep you and your clients safe. You can customize it for your own business and use case, but for the most part, our terms and conditions will keep you protected and will make your clients feel safe about doing business with you. Sign up today to get started!