This is going to sound alittle lame but worked for me for YEARS.....
figure out what your going to give, and what you want in return.
put down how much money and when you want to be paid
put down anything like an initial time frame.....so they understand there's adjustment time
what happens if they go on vacation......I got paid anyway.....
what happens if you go on vacation....I got paid anyway and made up the meals, but I only worked Mon-Thurs so it was rare that I needed more than a 3 day weekend.
Do you need access to their home when they are at work?
Who pays for the food? I was cost plus salary so I walked out after the initial meeting with a key and codes to their home, a signed check and grocery card for food, a day/time to show and several pages of info to base menus on.....Plus how to communicate with them about menus, some wanted more interaction than others.
My catering contracts are really simple too, I was married to an atty for 15 years. What it comes down to is having the important info in writing....the legalese has NEVER been important to me. I'm not going to sue anyone and it's not worth gobbledy gook words that will "protect me or them". It's a straight forward piece of paper with dates/signitures at the end. If it doesn't work for both of you it's time to move on......just make sure from the initial meeting you deal with the vacation issue. Or you'll get burned.
cooking with all your senses.....