Legal Quickie: The Most Common Questions from Photographers - Answered

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If you’ve been listening to the podcast over the last few weeks, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been answering the most common questions I get from professionals in a number of different industries. In this week’s episode, I’m sharing your FAQs from photographers.

Regardless of what industry you’re in, don’t skip over these episodes. They all include legal nuggets that you might find helpful with your business.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What copyrights are all about and what they really mean for your business
     
  • How to handle when a client asks you to transfer the copyright
     
  • What you should do if someone else is using your photography or creative content without your permission – and the questions to ask yourself if this happens
     
  • What you need to be thinking about when you enlist a “second shooter” to help you with your photoshoots

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Legal Quickie: The Most Common Questions from Graphic, Web, and Print Designers - Answered

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In this week’s episode, we’re diving into the most common questions I get from designers. So if you’re a graphic designer, a web designer, a print designer -- you’re going to want to have a listen. And if you’re not, listen up anyway! There might be a nugget in there for you!

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QUESTIONS YOU'LL FIND ANSWERS TO IN THIS EPISODE

  • What terms are most important to cover in a monthly retainer service agreement for a client?

  • I’m designing a logo for a client. She wants me to use a specific font. Should we both buy the font license or just me?

  • My client has asked me to prepare a website and they need a website privacy policy and terms of service. Can I just use the one that comes included with the website platform?

  • I’m looking to partner up with other designers and developers. What do I need to know before I do?

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Legal Quickie: The Most Common Questions from Event and Wedding Pros - Answered

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For today’s episode we’re going to dive into some of the most common questions I get from my wedding and event professionals.

Now, if you’re not an event or wedding industry pro - I don’t want you to skip this episode. Although I’m answering the frequently asked questions for this specific industry, keep an open mind! There could be a question I answer today or concern I address that could totally apply to what you do.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What to do if you’re client refuses to sign the contract and what you need to always consider in these situations

  • Where to find the answer when you need to terminate a contract – the right way

  • How to handle the “check is in the mail” scenario and one clause that will help eliminate this from happening

  • Looking to use an image for your portfolio? You’ll need to follow these steps first…

  • How you can draft a contract when providing multiple services or packages (without overwhelming yourself or your client)

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Legal Quickie: What you need to know before you hire your first employee with Jennifer Wiegley

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I’m really excited about today’s Office Talk interview because we’re diving into a topic that I get so many questions about! I’m joined by fellow lawyer, Jenny Wiegley of the Maier Law Group as we walk through what you need to do when you’re ready to hire your very first employee.

Based here in California, Jenny has specialized in employment law for her entire career, and in this episode she’s sharing her checklist of what to you need to know when you’re ready to hire.

As you’ll hear us mention many times in the interview, the laws around employment issues can be confusing and sometimes it can feel like you’re navigating a maze, but it really doesn’t have to be that way.

 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What you need to know if you hire employees who work in a different state than where your business is located;

  • Special considerations for businesses without a physical location

  • How different laws will impact your business as it grows and the “magic number” of employees where obligations are triggered

  • The difference between exempt and non-exempt workers (and why this matters)

  • Why the best practice is to avoid mistakes from the start when it comes to following federal and state legislation

  • One of the biggest weaknesses that Jenny is seeing from many employers

  • And more…

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What's Coming Your Way in 2018 + How to Handle Contract Revision Requests From Potential Clients

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

To kick off the new year, in this brand new episode I’m sharing what’s coming your way in 2018 with this podcast, webinars, and events.

I’m also sharing my thoughts on how to handle when a potential client comes to you requesting changes to your contract.

I’m super pumped about this new year and I can’t wait to make this our best year yet - together!

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Katie Doherty and Phil Van Nostrand: Diversifying Their Revenue Streams to Live Their Best Life

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On today’s episode I’m speaking with Katie Doherty and Phil Van Nostrand of La Rousse Shoppe, a company that sells beautiful glass photo boxes. You’re going to hear how the two of them took their background as long-time photographers to develop a business that, in about two years, is generating over $200,000 in sales annually. All of this while taking up very little of their time. In fact, you’ll be surprised to hear how many hours a week each of them are actively working on this business….

Whether or not you strive for similar results, our conversation will provide some valuable nuggets and insight on how to start designing a business and life on your terms.   


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How augmenting their service-based business with products created more financial freedom and flexibility in their lives

  • When to start outsourcing tasks, and a mindset reframe to help you do this

  • The business Katie and Phil are really in (hint: it’s not glass boxes)

  • What first steps you can take if you want to sell products, not just services

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Myrna Daramy: The ABCs of SEO

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In this week’s episode I’m talking to digital strategist and SEO expert Myrna Daramy, all about the ABCs of SEO.

Now you may have heard that Google is making changes (in fact, they’re making changes all the time), but there are some big ones coming to their algorithm as it relates to searchability and search results. I want to make sure that you have all of the information and the best tips on how to stay ahead of these changes. Cause who doesn’t love some free website traffic?


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • SEO can be complicated, but hear why it’s so important to keep up with it

  • Why business owners need to be so aware of where they’re ranking on Google search results

  • How a growing number of mobile users will affect your online strategy now and into the future and how you can capitalize on developments such as voice search

  • What entrepreneurs tend to be missing when it comes to their website (and how to build the right foundation)

  • SEO isn’t just about your website! Myrna explains why…

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Tonya Dalton: Designing a Productive and Fulfilling Life One Day at a Time

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If you’re a productivity nerd like me, then I think you’re really going to love this episode!

Tonya Dalton, the owner of Inkwell Press and I are geeking out over how we can better structure our days, our to-do lists, and our lives so that we’re reducing the overwhelm and upping the joy in our lives. Because who wouldn’t want that, right?


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The reason why we shouldn’t strive for balance in our lives and what we should be seeking out instead

  • The first step for goal setting and how often we should be checking back in with our goals

  • Tonya’s 5-minute exercise that you can do at the end of each day which allows you to start the next one with a completely blank slate

  • Why to-do lists don’t work (and what to use instead)

  • A litmus test you can use to determine what things are really important and need your attention

  • How automation can be used to make your personal and professional life run like clockwork

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Michelle Loretta: How Get the Most Out of Attending Conferences

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If you’ve ever thought about attending a live event or conference, it can get quite overwhelming trying to decide amongst the many events taking place.

And given the costs involved for things like tickets, flights and hotels - not to mention the time away from work and family - it can be quite a financial investment.  So how can you ensure that you’re getting the best return on your hard-earned dollars when deciding which conference to attend?

In this episode, Michelle Loretta, the organizer of the Be Sage conference, and I are sharing our best tips on how you can go about deciding which conference to spend your hard earned dollars on. We’re talking about how to do your research, what you should be doing before, during and after the event, and even some savvy tricks on how you can start budgeting to attend that conference you’ve been eyeing.


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How Be Sage came to be and the gaps it helps fill for creative entrepreneurs

  • What to consider when looking at the “buffet” of live events to choose from

  • Figuring out what your goals are for attending conferences

  • What to do before, during and after the conference to get the most out of your experience

  • Tricks for saving money on flights and hotels when heading to a conference

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Legal Quickie: What Your Contract Says About You

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As a business owner, we often spend a lot of time thinking about how to brand our businesses.

We think through the details of our website,

We fuss over our logos,

We take a million pictures before we get that perfect Instagram shot…

Yet one piece of brand collateral that often doesn’t get thought of that way - are your contracts.

(Yes, I said contracts.)

You see, beyond just having the right terms and conditions, there’s another element at play with your contract. One that can help you reach and book bigger and better clients.

And I’m sharing it in this episode of the Office Talk podcast.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What is “scope creep”

  • Why you need to know your intended audience before writing the contract

  • The reasons you need to start thinking about your contracts just like a piece of branding

  • How presentation acts as a key component of your contract

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Brady Hahn: How to Create Content that Creates Connection

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It’s been said that we all have a story, but do you know how to tell yours?

How could effectively telling your own story help you better connect with your audience? Your clients? Your customers?

Someone who knows all about the value of storytelling when building a brand and business is Brady Hahn, founder of Insight Collective and my guest for this week’s episode of the Office Talk podcast.  She helps entrepreneurs tap into their true leadership potential by focusing on bringing people together through storytelling.

This episode is jammed packed with information that you can use today in building your brand, including the specific steps to take when starting to think about how to present your own story.


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why you always need to be developing good content for your audience – and what history has taught us about good storytelling!

  • How to loop your content back to something that drives revenue back into your business

  • How to know what to focus on when it comes to developing content – which platforms to love and which to break up with!

  • Ways you can use what others are creating, both in your industry and outside of it, to help design and highlight your own message

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Legal Quickie: Should My Client Proposals be Separate from My Client Contracts?

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When you get an inquiry from a potential client, you probably send over a proposal or quote that outlines the basic terms of your services. But when the customer accepts and wants to proceed, then what do you do? 

Are they supposed to sign the proposal?

A separate contract?

Or should the contract terms be part of the proposal?

In this episode, I’m sharing three different solutions for this often-asked question: Should my client proposals be separate from my client contracts?

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The three different options you can adopt if you use proposals and quotes in your workflow.

  • The one critical thing to look out for if you send out proposals and contracts to your clients.

  • Helpful tools that you can start using today to make the process of sending proposals and quotes way easier for you - and your customers (hint: See “Resources” below!)

  • And much more!

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Katie Hunt: Why Hiring Is Not One Size Fits All

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There’s a saying that goes something like:  If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together…

As an entrepreneur growing your business, there will inevitably come a time when you’re going to need a little help. It can be tricky though as you try to decide what type of help to hire out.

In this episode of the Office Talk podcast, I’m talking to Katie Hunt, the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp and the host of the Proof to Product podcast.  Katie helps entrepreneurs create product lines that they can take to wholesale and she has a wealth of experience when it comes to topics such as hiring and delegating tasks. Not only is she a successful entrepreneur, but she does it while being a mama to four young kids! Yes - you read that correctly!

In this episode you’ll hear some great tips on how to start getting the support you need to help you design a business and life on your terms!


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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • A common misconception many entrepreneurs make about hiring, and how you can change your mindset to minimize the resulting overwhelm

  • Two specific questions you can ask today to determine if (and where) you need help in your business and personal life

  • How to answer the “I can’t afford to outsource” question – and the easy exercise you can do to figure out if you can.

  • Best practices and tips to learn the art of managing people (yes, it’s an art!)

  • Why hiring an expert to help your business is often the better option over hiring generalists

  • The very first place you should go when starting to look for someone to hire…

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Legal Quickie: What’s the difference between copyrights and trademarks?

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The last few weeks it seems like everyone is coming out of the woodworks asking me about copyrights + trademarks. And one thing is super clear to me - there’s a whole LAWta’ {<--- see what I did there? Law. Lot. A lot of.} confusion about the difference between the two.  

So in this episode I’m breaking down copyrights and trademarks, explaining the difference between the two and the benefits of officially registering your works/marks.

Armed with this knowledge - you’ll impress all of your friends at your next cocktail party!

 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What is a copyright and what types of works are protected under copyright law

  • The benefits of registering your work with the US Copyright Office

  • What is a trademark

  • The benefits of registering your mark with the US Patent and Trademark Office

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Mel Abraham: Designing a Business + Life on Your Terms

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If you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a lot to know when it comes to everything you need to do to run a successful business. 

Lucky for you, our guest today has spent the last three decades figuring out how to build successful businesses, but more importantly, a business based on the values that are most important to you.

Mel Abraham helps entrepreneurs bring their businesses to the world and build the lifestyle that they want. He has built, bought and sold numerous multimillion-dollar businesses for himself as well as his clients. As the author of the #1 National Bestseller, The Entrepreneur’s Solution, Mel’s strategies have helped build thousands of businesses which have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to startups and small family-owned businesses.

In this episode, Mel opens up about his journey in business and life (the good, the bad-- and why he once did a webinar with his shirt off!) and how the choices we make in our businesses impact our lives. 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why the concept of balance is flawed, and that having a work/life balance is really just a myth

  • The worst business model that exists (and a better way to think about our value)

  • What’s the difference between “conviction selling” and “convincing selling”, and the selling framework that Mel successfully uses in his own businesses

  • Unique (but simple!) ways that we can create connection with others when we’re not sitting face-to-face with them

  • How to deal with “Internet trolls”, be more vulnerable and ultimately connect more with your audience

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Let's Get Down to Business: The Top Business Lessons I've Learned from this Podcast

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HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY TO THE OFFICE TALK PODCAST!

This podcast has been a passion project for me and I'm beyond thrilled that we've made it a full year together. I've got some exciting things planned for the podcast in the next year that I think you’re going to love. 

In this new episode, I thought it would be fun to take a look back on some of the lessons I’ve learned this past year about myself and my business. Some were inspired by conversations I’ve had with guests on this show, and others I’ve learned along the way. In fact this season, I’m going to be sharing more of these insights on the podcast. 

So here we go.

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Creating Multiple Revenue Streams with Eliana Baucicault

Do you constantly daydream of new business ideas?  You want to start a million projects, but you have a hard enough time getting to all those tasks already staring back at you on your to-list?

If anyone can give us insight on juggling multiple projects, it’s Eliana Baucicault of ellyB Events. In this episode of the Office Talk podcast, I’m chatting with Eliana about how she uses collaboration, delegation andthe knowledge of her strengths and shortcomings to grow her business and her team. Eliana not only runs a busy event planning firm, but she also has a high-end modern loft and she hosts The B Academy group coaching program for wedding planners. As if this wasn’t enough, Eliana recently published B Inspired: The Book and in a few months will be launching a magazine as well. Phew! Now that’s a lot.  

This episode is perfect for you if you want to learn how to create multiple revenue streams in your business and how to manage to get it all done too!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How to add more revenue streams to your business (without hurting it)

  • The real reason you need to know your own brand inside-out

  • How to hire and why it takes more than looking at the person’s services page on his or her website

  • Why social media is a downfall for many entrepreneurs, especially newer ones

  • Looking to write a book? Hear why approaching a traditional publisher might not be the way to go

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5 Things You Should Know Before Launching an Affiliate Program

If you operate a business with any types of programs, products, courses and other offerings, you may have considered running some sort of affiliate program to recruit others to help share the news. But before you starting recruiting affiliates,  there are a few things to consider before paying referrals to affiliates in exchange for sales those people bring you. In this episode of the Office Talk podcast, I’ll walk you through a few of the best practices to consider when implementing an affiliate program for your business.

 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How screening potential affiliates to ensure a good fit will minimize issues going forward
  • Some of the main terms that should be outlined in an affiliate agreement, including compensation structure and affiliate duties
  • Don’t forget the FTC! Here’s what you need to know about the text, video and audio affiliates have to use when promoting your products
  • Systems you can use to both educate affiliate and to monitor their ongoing compliance to your terms

 

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How to Monetize Your Content with Bruno Bornsztein of Curbly

If you’re a blogger, or content creator in the online space, at some point you’ve probably thought about how to monetize your content. You might be thinking of getting sponsors or finding advertisers to get those Benjamins rolling in while while you focus on creating epic blog posts and content.

Or maybe you’ve wondered:

“Should I focus on building a large following?”

“Or forget the numbers and make reader engagement my number one priority?”

“When is the right time to approach a sponsor?”

In this episode, my guest is going to help us answer some of these questions!    Bruno Bornsztein is the founder of Curbly, a website he created to explore the creative side of home decor and foster a community of people who love where they live.  Bruno started Curbly back in 2006, so he’s seen it all when it comes to online trends and specifically, where the world of sponsorship is headed.
  

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Bruno’s advice for someone just starting out, and why metrics like number of followers shouldn’t be the main focus

  • The formula used to calculate influence, and the different ways you can monetize your influence

  • Why the best time to pitch yourself to a brand really is now, regardless of where you’re at

  • How to develop authentic relationships (and why you’re absolutely going to need this)

  • Why you have to disclose your affiliate relationships, and the right way to let readers know about it

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Legal Quickie: Can I Use Photographs of My Client's Wedding to Promote my Wedding Planning Business?

On this episode of Office Talk, I’m answering a question I receive quite a lot when I speak to event and wedding planners.

You see, since event planners are often busy executing and designing the event, there isn’t something tangible left for them to include in their portfolio. That’s why they rely on photographs to help showcase their work and promote their business and services to others.

So the question becomes….

Is there a way for wedding and event planners to legally require clients to contractually agree to provide them with access to professional images after the wedding? If so, how do they go about asking for permission?

I’m sharing the answer in this week’s Legal Quickie episode!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The two types of permission you need to be getting – in writing
  • What is a copyright, and can it be transferred?
  • Two things you can do if you aren’t able to get written permission to use the copyrighted material

 

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