Retained Services Agreement (RSA)

Regular price $99.00

Tax included.

MSAs are by no means the end-all, be-all of consulting contracts. In fact, if you have the reputation and marketing saavy to get away with using it, I think you should consider instead relying on a Retained Services Agreement or RSA.

The RSA is different from its cousin the MSA in several ways:

  • You only need to execute it once, there are no SOW addendums.
  • It specifies a monthly retainer that is paid upfront, every month
  • It can easily specify an irrevocable minimum contract length
  • It can easily mandate a minimum written notice of termination

Since you're always paid up-front with an RSA, it's significantly easier to pause work on late payment, which is one of the best, if not the absolute most effective way of making sure that you always get paid for your hard work.

Personally, I use an RSA for my consulting contracts nowadays instead of a MSA. As an entrepreneur and independent consultant that's really short on time, I can't afford to constantly renegotiate terms or be chasing after late payments.

Fully annotated Pages, Word and PDF versions are included.

The template by itself is discounted to $99.

I am also offering a 20 minute phone consultation in which I explain how to pitch and negotiate a retainer contract.

The template plus phone consultation is $299.

Please note: I believe that starting off with an accurate, proven document template such as this one should help you save a lot of money in legal fees. But this SAMPLE template is not a substitute for personalized advice from a knowledgeable lawyer. Always have your attorney review, discuss and approve these documents before using them in your business.


I've been power using your RSA and will be sending it out to 5 different clients tomorrow.  The RSA is fairly written, applicable to any web/software service provider, and easily adaptable to my company tone & brand.  Thank you for this great product, you've saved me thousands of dollars! 

- Kevin Dubienski, Partner at YycApps