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Legal Quickie: Do I Really Need a Privacy Policy and Terms of Service? And More with Ryan Morrison, Esq.

Ever wonder if privacy policies, terms of service, or trademarks really matter?

Does the FTC really care about small businesses just starting out?

With cyber law constantly changing and trying to catch up to advances in technology, it can be really intimidating to make sure you’re complying, especially for new business owners. In this Legal (Not-So) Quickie episode with Ryan Morrison, deemed “The Video Game Attorney,” we’re helping you sift through what is really important to protect our business right  from the start.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • What to do when you’re strapped for cash and can’t afford legal advice or a trademark
  • The biggest mistake social media influencers make when working with companies
  • Are privacy policies and terms of service really necessary?
  • At what point should you consider filing for a trademark? 
  • What to do when you own a domain and someone begins using your brand name under a similar domain
  • What an office action is and what should you do about it

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Yvette Bowlin: How Decluttering Translates to Greater Productivity

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Are you trying to do #allthethings … only to find yourself fully depleted at the end of the day… and the only thing that gets you through it is your three daily venti soy milk lattes?

Well, then you’re going to want the Kool-Aid that this guest is drinking. 

Yvette Bowlin exudes such a calm and focused energy that I think as entrepreneurs we’re all struggling to find. We’re often so busy doing, or we’re overanalyzing and in our heads. Yvette shares how her trip backpacking through Brazil in college taught her the importance of not only decluttering her possessions, but also her thoughts. Upon returning, she was inspired to maintain that life of simplicity and to help others find it as well. She began her business as the Declutterist, guiding clients on their path towards clarity, freedom, and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives.

Tell me - what’s one thing you’re going to declutter today for greater productivity in your business or life. For me, it’s blocking out times where I feel most creative so I can minimize distractions and leverage that creativity. What’s yours? Tell me over on Instagram.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How decluttering translates to real productivity and focus in your business
  • What it means to have a simple mind and how to avoid overanalyzing
  • How meditation can help and why it’s important to take time alone to slow down
  • How to best set up your workspace to maximize focus
  • How to minimize distractions and leverage your most creative and productive working hours
  • How to get through those tasks you dread doing and maybe even find some joy in doing them

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Legal Quickie: What bloggers, social media influencers + content creators need to know about the law with Ellie Altshuler

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Are you a social media influencer? 

A YouTube rockstar?  

Are you making waves on Instagram?

Do you want to turn that digital content you’re creating into profits?  

Then you’ll want to listen to this episode with Ellie Altshuler, an entertainment and fashion attorney.  In this Legal (not-so) Quickie episode, Ellie and I talk about our best tips for legally protecting your brand. 

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why it’s key to own your business’s IP and how to protect it

  • When and why you need to file for a trademark

  • What licensing is and how to use it to monetize your business,

  • What terms to consider in negotiating a licensing contract

  • When you need to use a disclosure as an influencer while working with a brand

  • The one thing start-ups often forget that is so important to avoid risk

  • How to negotiate a stellar deal when creating content for a brand

  • What to do if it feels like your work is being copied

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Maria Bayer: How to Get More Leads and Close More Sales (Without Feeling Like a Sleaze)

One of the biggest challenges I’ve heard from some of you is finding clients and closing sales. When I have a question about sales, my mind goes directly to Maria Bayer - a sales coach for creatives.  So I invited her on the show to pick her sales brain for this episode of the Office Talk podcast.  Drawing from her sales experience in Corporate America, Maria now coaches creatives on how to book clients quickly and for more money. And she’s sharing some of her top tips with us in this episode.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The flaw in the traditional “ideal client” exercise and how to attract the “right client” instead

  • How to determine when to change your contract at your client’s request and when to hold your ground

  • The questions to ask your potential clients to reveal what matters most to them and how to use that information to sell more purposefully

  • Why you should avoid email when closing a sale and what to do instead

  • How to get your client to see your value and gain trust

  • Who should be included in the conversation when booking a client

  • The power of saying “no” to clients

  • Ways you can gain insight into your clients’ needs

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Legal Quickie: What Contracts Do I Need for My Business?

One of the first investments you need to make when you’re running a business is a solid set of contracts. But which ones do you need and why?  In this episode, I’m sharing with you the four essential contracts that business owners should have when running a business. I’ll explain what they are and why they matter.  Do you have all of them?

Listen to the episode to find out if you’ve got your booty covered!

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Shanna Skidmore: Finance Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs

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In this episode of Office Talk, I got a chance to chat with Shanna Skidmore, a business strategist and financial coach for creative entrepreneurs. I could definitely relate to Shanna, whose primary business goal is to simplify the seemingly daunting task of finance for her clients and set them up with the basic financial knowledge they need to take their businesses to the next level. For most creatives, finance and law can appear so overwhelming, but as Shanna shares with us, there are very few things you need to know, and once you know them, you’ll find it’s really not as complicated as you’d imagine.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The most common pitfalls that Shanna sees creative entrepreneurs making and how to avoid them

  • How to calculate pricing based on profit and what to do if your prices are higher than you think clients are willing to pay

  • How time-tracking saved Shanna’s business, plus her favorite app for time-tracking

  • Why knowing the purpose of your business is essential to its success

  • Why Shanna recommends sabbaticals for creative entrepreneurs and why it’s so much easier than you think

  • A bit about Shanna’s background as a financial planner and how she grew into her current business of helping creative entrepreneurs master finance

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Legal Quickie: What Do I Need to Know Before I Sell My Online Course?

Do you have an online course? Or do you have one brewing in that beautiful brain of yours? As online course creation has become more popular over the years, I’ve been getting more and more questions from clients about what they need to be doing to protect their course content and your business. (Yup - even having an online course has legal implications.)  In this Legal quickie episode, I’m breaking down some of the  legal stuff you ought to be thinking about before you hit “publish”on your online course. 

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Amber Housley: How to Stand Out In Your Marketing

Wish you could pick the brain of a marketing magician who’s worn every hat imaginable? Amber Housley has so much wisdom to share with us from her vast experience, from her days selling personalized invitations on eBay (before Etsy was born) to a full-time career at a digital agency. She juggles family life with two kids and her current business as a marketing strategist for Lara Casey Media without missing a beat. Amber has seemingly seen and done it all, and she shares what she’s learned along the way in today’s podcast!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • All about Amber’s experience and her business helping women entrepreneurs and bloggers develop stellar marketing plans

  • How to stand out in the thousands of marketing messages consumers face on a daily basis

  • When to flex your style and when it’s better to stay in your comfort zone

  • How to structure surveys and when to automate those surveys

  • How to analyze data efficiently (even if you’re not a data geek like Amber!)

  • How Amber stays motivated and grounded without compromising joy in her personal and family life

  • How business is like dating

  • A bit about Amber’s Blooming Business Kits, her online course library

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Legal Quickie: Can I Have Multiple Companies Under One LLC?

You're a multi-passionate entrepreneur - which means that you're always coming up with the next great business idea.

So if you've been looking for a way to form a legal entity to house all those ideas, you might be wondering "Can I have multiple companies under one LLC?"

I'm answering this listener question in this week's episode.

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Heather Crabtree: How to be a Savvy Business Owner

When I first started the podcast, one of the reasons I wanted to interview others in business was to learn how they were designing a business and life on their terms. After all, it was only a few years ago that I took the leap to leave a cushy and secure job to begin the journey of redesigning my life so that it 

In this episode of Office Talk, I’m talking to Heather Crabtree, founder of the Savvy Community about her own journey from law, to running her own event planning business, to what she does today - helping other  female entrepreneurs build successful businesses. 

In this honest conversation, Heather reveals what her journey has really been like. Hint - it’s not always what it looks like from the outside.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How Heather went from law, to running an event planning business, to the founder of the Savvy Business Owners’ Community where she teaches female entrepreneurs how to run a successful business

  • How the loss of a family member has shaped her perspective about life and business

  • How she’s been designing her business to make sure it fits with her life, not the otherway around

  • If you think she’s an overnight success, well here’s the real story

  • The “‘old fashion values” that are still working in business

  • Things to consider when transitioning from a solopreneur to building your team

  • Why she started the Savvy Business Owners Facebook Group and what she attributes to the success of growing the group

  • What’s next for the Savvy Business Owners’ community

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Website: http://www.heathercrabtree.com/
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/heather_crabtree
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeatherCrabtreeBusiness

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Legal Quickie: All About Hiring with Lonnie Giamela, Esq.

Now that you’re running your own business, from time to time you may decide to bring on additional help. Or maybe you’re ready to hire someone to assist you right from the outset. 

The laws surrounding hiring can get quite complicated, to say the least.

In this Legal (not-so) Quickie episode, I’m sitting down with Lonnie GIamela, a partner at the labor and employment law firm of Fisher & Phillips and we’re diving into the most common questions that come up when you’re ready to hire.

Even if you’re not planning on hiring anytime soon, you’ll still want to have a listen so when the day comes - and trust me, it will - you’ll have a good understanding of the issues you need to address before you say “you’re hired.”

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  • WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • A little about Lonnie and his legal practice

  • The questions a business owner should ask in determining the proper classification of a worker as either an independent contractor or employee

  • The #1 rule you need to know to make sure you’re correctly classifying a worker as an independent contractor

  • 3 main points that should be addressed in an employee contract

  • Getting audited for a labor complaint? Learn how to handle it.

  • What you should be aware of when hiring (virtual) employees in another state

  • The 5 topic areas you need to understand as an employer and red flags to look for (and avoid) when hiring

  • The difference between a confidentiality agreement/ NDA, a non-solicitation agreement, and a non-compete agreement - and which one every business owner should have

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Monique Melton: How to Shine Brighter Together

Have you ever met someone who you can talk to for hours? About topics as diverse as business, racial diversity….and peanut butter? 


Well, if these kinds of conversations are your jam (see, what I did there - peanut butter a + jam - ha!), then you’ll love this episode with author, brand strategist and speaker, Monique Melton. 

In this super honest and inspiring conversation we dive deep into a variety of topics - all connected by the central theme of learning how to embrace ourselves so that we show up more authentically in business and in life.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How motherhood triggered this journey of self-discovery for Monique

  • How she has learned to embrace the transitions in life including bouts of postpartum depression and overcoming suicidal thoughts

  • How we can begin to think about diversity in the communities we’re building

  • How to build communities with authentic friendships and relationships.

And probably my favorite tidbit

  • How knowing what kind of peanut butter you are can help you improve your client experience

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Website: www.MoniqueMelton.com 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/moemotivate/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/moemotivate/ 

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Samira Far: Enhancing the Human Experience in Business

Have you ever met someone who seems to speak in tweetables?  They so succinctly and eloquently capture such gems that you’ve got to write them down to refer to later?


I’m sure you’ll feel the same way when you listen to today’s guest on the Office Talk podcast, Samira Far.


Success in business has always been about creating opportunities for Samira, who traded a coveted position at a prestigious accounting firm to launch a wildly successful nail salon franchise.  Through her Bellacures business, she showed women they could have, and deserve, the best when they take time for themselves.  Inspired by this first hand experience working with thousands of women, her most recent venture was co-created a brand around self-commitment and empowerment through Fred + Far jewelry. 


And when you listen to this episode, you’ll discover for yourself that Samira is a true gem. (pun intended! {wink}.  Not only is she able to give practical advice to entrepreneurs - from delegating to paying yourself - but she does it while reminding us that at the end of the day - our most important job is to be human.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Samira left her prestigious corporate job, after only 10 months, to take the entrepreneurial leap

  • How to create a market opportunity by delivering a better customer experience in an otherwise saturated industry.

  • Why she opted to franchise her business rather than take on business partners

  • How we can define failure so that inspires us to keep moving forward

  • How the jewelry company Samira and her best friend started together is changing the the message of what it means to be enough

  • The one question you should ask yourself before you delegate anything

  • Her best tip on how we can strike a better balance between the work we do and who we are

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Legal Quickie: Do I Need to File for a Trademark?

Ever wondered - do I really need to file a trademark? And at what point in my business should I consider registering my mark with the US Patent and Trademark Office? In this Legal Quickie episode of Office Talk, I’m sharing with you not only what a trademark is, but when you should be thinking about protecting your marks by registering it with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

Have a listen - it’ll take less than six minutes - promise!

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Heidi Thompson: How to Think About Marketing So It Actually Works For You and Your Business

Marketing make your head hurt? You wonder... Should I be on Instagram, Twitter, AND Facebook? Is Periscope "so yesterday" now that there's Facebook Live? And do I need a sales funnel? #allthethingsthatmakemyheadhurt

If you can relate, then you'll enjoy this conversation with Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business.  Whether you're in the wedding industry or not, listen to Heidi and I geek out over how we can more efficiently and effectively market our services and products.  We talk about it all: Facebook ads and opt-ins,  and even what we learned about selling and designing a memorable client experience from my recent dance lessons with my husband and her visits to the dentist. Seriously.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • How to be more intentional with your marketing to attract the types of clients you actually want to serve

  • How to get into your ideal customer's brain - and it's a lot easier than you think

  • How to market your business in a way that feels authentic to you and doesn't overwhelm you 

  • How to be more efficient about the types of platforms and tools you use to effectively market your services and products

  • Heidi's top tips for running Facebook ads

  • How to woo your clients

  • What Annette's recent experience taking dance lessons with her husband taught her about selling and designing a memorable client experience.

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Heidi and I are co-hosting a free webinar on December 15th, 2016. Click here to learn more and register.

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Legal Quickie: How Do I Get a Client to Pay Me?

You've done all this work for a client and now you find yourself chasing down your client for payment.  If you worry about ever finding yourself in this situation, then listen to this episode.  Here's what you'll learn:

  • What to do after you client fails to pay you

  • The differences between litigation (including small claims court), mediation, arbitration and the pros/cons of each

  • The questions to ask yourself before you draft a dispute resolution clause in your contract

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Mary Beth Storjohann: Working Your Wealth to Work For You

In this episode, I'm sitting down with my friend Mary Beth Storjohann - a certified financial planner - to talk all about the Benjamins. 

Whether you're an entrepreneur wanting to learn more about how you should plan financially for your growing business or you want to learn how to take control of your finances once and for all,  then this episode is for you.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • The financial numbers you should know to make sure you're headed in the right financial direction

  • The mindset you should cultivate in order to take control of your financial future

  • What a lot of people kick themselves for when it comes to their finances

  • When to hire a financial planner and what to expect when you start working with one

  • Things you should be considering if you're starting or running a business

  • How to prepare to transition from a full-time employee to your own boss

  • When is the right time to make an investment in your business

  • The advice Mary beth would give to her own young daughter about money

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Legal Quickie: How to Amend a Contract

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So let’s say you’ve entered into a contract with someone and you want to make some changes to the contract after it’s been signed.  How do you actually do it?

In this episode, I walk you step-by-step and show you how to amend your contract. 

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Amy Northard CPA: Understanding Taxes, 1099s, and W9s as a Small Business Owner

A lawyer and a CPA walk into a bar....It's the set up for the perfect joke, right? But there will come a time when you'll need to consult a lawyer and a CPA at some point in running your business. 

In this episode, I'm talking to Amy Northard who's a CPA for creatives. She's breaking down all those questions we have about taxes, W9s, 1099s, quarterly taxes and much more!

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THIS EPISODE

  • Why Amy took a leap of faith to quit her job at an accounting firm to run her own business

  • What are W9s and 1099s and when do you need to issue one

  • What kind of deductions can you really take as part of your business

  • What are some red flags for the IRS and how to avoid them

  • Quickbooks got you confused? Here's another (easy) way to keep track of your business expenses

  • How do you pay yourself when you own an LLC or a corporation

  • Will you really get in trouble if you don't pay your quarterly taxes

  • The one book we both love about building a profitable business from day one

  • What to expect when working with a CPA

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Legal Quickie: Someone Has Copied My Work. What Should I Do?

Whether you're an illustrator, a course creator, a photographer, or [fill in the blank] - you work hard to create your work. 

So when you see someone copying your work - whether they're selling your work in an Etsy shop or lifting pieces of your course and reselling it as theirs.... you can't help but get upset. 

In this episode, find out some of the options available to you when you find that someone is using your copyrighted work without permission. 

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