Perhaps not the most exciting thread, but it has to do with running a fabrication business or job shop. Our fabrication shop is trying to come up with a protocol for dealing with clients and how to share our build solutions and CAD drawings/design work. For example, a client wanted a quote for a fold-able piece of furniture for their bar. We came up with a build solution, drawings, and a quote. The client said that they liked our design, but that we were too expensive. And they asked if they would mind shopping our design out to other fabricators for a lower price than our own (we are a small-to-mid sized shop and the client had a buddy with a small shop). We said that it was okay, so long they paid us for the design, but we found ourselves in a position we hadn't before. So here's the question: What should be the protocol for working with clients when you are doing the drawings, design, and build solutions, and should that protocol include an NDA? For example: Client RFQ Estimate Given Client requests drawings for clarity Drawings submitted (?) Client accepts or rejects quote. What are we missing? Should we not do any designing/drawings before a deposit is made? Also should we have our clients sign NDA's or licensing agreements so that after the project is completed, they cannot go to a competing fabricator with our design? I look forward to all the sage business advice from this great fabricating forum! Glad to have jumped on board!