When it comes to IT development, the use of a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is something that the hiring party needs to consider. An NDA is something you can completely forgo or it is something you can request with every project you have someone complete for you. You’re going to want to consider if the NDA is truly necessary and if it is, you’ll need to find a moderate approach to requesting NDAs.
If you skip getting an NDA all together, you may ruin the success of your project before it’s ever launched. If you ask for an NDA all the time, you’re going to overwhelm, not just yourself, but the other party with cumbersome paperwork. So what are you to do? Consider the five reasons below why and when you should be asking for NDAs.
Reason 1: Protecting The Originality of Method
If you’re at the stage of discussion where you are transitioning from simply talking about your ideas in a basic sense to discussing your specific method for how you’ll do things, you are at the point where you should be asking for an NDA. Ideas are not something that fall under copyright protections, but you can protect your specific methodology using an NDA.
If you want to keep your ideas secretive, don’t discuss them a lot with others and keep your conversations between you and the IT developer. When you start delving into the “how tos” get that NDA. When you start sharing data and documentation, again it’s time for an NDA.
Reason 2: Work from Independent Contractors & Vendors
When you are looking to use the services of someone outside your business, like vendors or independent contractors, it’s always a good idea to have the individuals sign an NDA. You can have them sign it and keep it on file, thereby protecting you in the immediate and distant future.
Alternatively, if you are looking to work with some people who will be financially backing your project or business, asking for an NDA might not be a great idea. Many investors do not care for NDAs, so it is best to refrain from asking for one.
Reason 3: Big Money Projects
If your spending a big bankroll on a project, get an NDA. You don’t want to dump a lot of money into your project only to have your ideas given away. Then your investment becomes a donation when your project is leaked to the public.
Reason 4: Protecting Trade Secrets
Like Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola, if you’ve got a big trade secret to protect, you’ll definitely want NDAs.
Reason 5: Protect Business Relationships
When looking to maintain business relationships, getting NDAs can sometimes benefit the relationship, especially if there is a concern that one party may interfere with the other party’s business operations. If you are looking to get an NDA just to protect your trade secret (something that you never really have to talk about) you can just refrain from discussing it and do away with the need for an NDA entirely.