YOUR LEGAL BFF is your go-to resource for growing your business legally.
It’s like having a legal guidebook, blueprint, and legal big sis all in one place.
If you're like most creative entrepreneurs, you took the leap of faith to start your own business because you wanted to do worked you love! A dream come true right?
But shortly after opening your doors, things got real.
Legal questions start popping up without
an easy way to find the answers.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT I DON'T KNOW!
What type of business structure do I need as my business grows?
When do I need to officially trademark or copyright something?
What type of contract do I need with one-on-one clients to protect myself?
How do I protect my content from poachers?
What do I need to know before I hire someone?
Lawyers can seem out of reach.
Never mind that their hourly rates cost about the same as a Kate Spade handbag.
but more importantly, you often feel like they don’t get you or your business.
So instead you scour the internet, post in Facebook groups asking for help, and cobble together some very conflicting and confusing advice. You know you can’t just leave these things up to chance, but is there anything you can do that will fit your budget and help your business?
The answer is “Your Legal BFF.”
HERE'S WHAT'S INSIDE
Your Legal BFF
GET YOUR BUSINESS STARTED THE RIGHT WAY
You’ll learn about the different business structures available and how to choose the one that makes the most sense for you. You’ll also learn about how to register your business with your state and what licenses and permits you may need to secure for you business baby. We'll cover:
- Choosing Your Business Structure
- Registering Your Business
- Getting Business Licenses, Permits, and Insurance
You'll also receive four cheat sheets/checklists:
- A Business Startup Checklist: A comprehensive to-do list toget your business up and running
- 6 Questions to Ask to Determine the Best Business Structure for Your Business
- Business Structure Breakdown: The 5 Most Common Business Structures at a Glance
- Quick Links: The Business Owner's 50-State List of Important Websites to Check Out
CONTRACTS EXPLAINED IN PLAIN ENGLISH
Think of this module as a crash course in contracts. You’ll learn why contracts are important, what makes them legally binding and which ones you need to have in place for your business. Also, we’ll review the essential components of contracts including some important and boilerplate terms for product and service based businesses. And finally, you’ll learn how to make changes to a contract after it’s been signed. We'll cover:
- Contracts 101
- Anatomy of a Contract
- How to Amend a Contract
- Comprehensive Contract Review Checklist
YOUR WEBSITE AND EMAILS
Are you planning on having a website and use email for your business? Did you know there are laws that you need to comply with when you use either for your business?
In this module, we’re getting down and dirty with terms of service, privacy policies and more. We’ll also talk about that four letter word that every online marketer dreads: SPAM. Don’t worry, I’ll lay out all the rules and once you know them, they’ll be crystal clear.
PROTECTION FROM COPYCATS WITH COPYRIGHTS
You’ve probably read countless threads in Facebook groups about people who’ve had their content stolen. The fact is, there is a way to protect your words, designs, and other intellectual property. Don’t worry, if the copycats come stealing your content, you’ll have a plan in place to stop them in their tracks. We'll cover:
- Copyrights 101
- Protecting Your Content from Copycats
- Registering Your Copyright
- Keeping Out of Copyright Trouble
You'll also receive this checklist:
- All About Copyrights + Copyright Filing Checklist
TRADEMARKS: ON YOUR MARK, SET, PROTECT
What is a trademark? You’ve heard the word, but what exactly is it, and how does it differ from a copyright? Also, how do you go about getting one? This module is all about those marks, how to register them, and how to keep them safe. We'll cover:
- Trademarks 101
- Choosing and Registering Your Mark
- Protecting Your Mark After Filing and Registration
You'll also receive two cheat sheets:
- All about Trademarks + Trademark Filing Checklist
- Quick Links: Federal and State Trademark Offices
WHEN YOU'RE READY TO HIRE HELP
In this module, you’ll learn the difference between independent contractors and employees and what your obligations are when you hire either. We’ll also talk about the truth behind hiring paid and unpaid interns and what you need to know before you bring an intern on board. We'll cover:
- Determining a worker's status as an independent contractor or employee
- You’ve Hired an Employee. Now what?
- Hiring Unpaid Interns
You'll also receive the cheat sheet:
- Quick Links: Federal and State Websites a First Time Employer Should Check Out
SO, WHO AM I?
Not only am I a lawyer, but I’m also a fellow creative business owner! Owning my own jewelry design business for three years gAVE me a unique perspective. I personally know each and every struggle you face, and that’s why I’m excited about TO OFFER YOU PRACTICAL, LEGAL KNOW-HOW To help you step into a place of confidence WHEN IT COMES TO THE LAW AND BUSINESS.
Photo by Luna Bear Studios
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
I haven’t started or I just started my business. Is this right for me?
Then this is the perfect time to get your business off on the right foot. Starting your business is like building a house. You need to lay a proper foundation before you can get to the fun stuff like painting the walls and picking the backsplash for your kitchen. Without a solid ground to rest your business on, you run the risk of your walls crumbling down.
If you don't think you'll need all of this content right now, remember, you have lifetime access to this course. So as your business grows, which I know it will, you can return to YOUR LEGAL BFF time and time again.
I’M A SEASONED PRO - I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING. DO I NEED THIS?
Maybe so. As you grow your business and you get past the learning curve, there’s no question that you get more educated about business - which may include the legal end of things. However, with a growing business, let’s not forget that you have more to lose. You don’t know what you don’t know - so let me help guide you through the legal maze.
I DON'T HAVE TIME TO TAKE THIS COURSE. DO I HAVE LIFETIME ACCESS?
YES - You have access for the life of this course. You can watch these lessons at your own pace. You might want to sit through it all at once or watch the sections that you have questions about. Regardless of your approach, you can revisit this course anytime you’d like. It’s really here to serve as a resource for you and as you grow your business. Plus anytime I update the material, you’ll get that too.
by taking this course, does this make you my lawyer?
No. This is a do-it-yourself, self-paced course. The content is prepared for your information and educational purposes only. If you have specific questions, you should always speak to a lawyer who is familiar with the specific circumstances of your case and the specific laws in your state.
CAN'T I JUST HIRE A LAWYER TO DO THIS FOR ME?
Of course you can. But with most lawyer's hourly rates starting at $250-350 AN HOUR, those legal fees can quickly add up to thousands of dollars. With YOUR LEGALL BFF not only do you get over 5 hours of video content, but more importantly, I've distilled nearly 10 years of legal experience into the essentials you need to understand and it's been created with you - the creative entrepreneur - in mind. Although lawyers will have the foundational legal basics to help you, they are often unfamiliar with what takes to run a creative business like yours.
Plus, if and when you're ready to hire a lawyer, by having a basic understanding of the law, you won't find yourself sitting in your lawyer's office without a clue about what they're saying!
CAN'T I JUST GOOGLE IT AND FIGURE IT OUT?
You could take this approach. It’s always available. I mean, right now, there are about 235,000,000 results for the search term “small business law,” so there’s no doubt that you’ll have a lot of resources at your fingertips. But let’s face it, do you really want to wade through website after website to get answers to the questions you have. Who has time for that? Not me. I’d much rather turn to an expert, draw from her experience and insight, and move my business forward. PLUS, just because it's on the internet, doesn't make it true.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ORDER?
You'll be asked to create an account login and enroll in the course via a credit or debit card. Upon order confirmation, you'll get immediate access to the course. I have a welcome video waiting for you in there to help you get the most out of this course.
WITH THE YOUR LEGAL BFF PLUS, WHAT CONTRACT TEMPLATES DO I GET?
With the YOUR LEGAL BFF PLUS, you get a choice of one contract template. The available options are:
- Agreement for Event/Wedding Planning Services
- Agreement for Event Photography
- Independent Contractor Agreement
- Event Rentals Agreement
- Floral Design Agreement
- Agreement for Design Services (Graphic, Stationery/Print, Web Design)
- Agreement for Consulting Services
- A comprehensive guide explaining each term of the Agreement.
- A copy of the Agreement in PDF format.
- A copy of the Agreement in Word format.
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