How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

How to Fix the 5 Biggest Mistakes in Your Wedding Planning Biz

If you’re a wedding planner (or any business owner, for that matter!), you’re likely overlooking these common business mistakes. It’s time to course-correct.

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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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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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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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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Legal Quickie: 3 Easy Fixes to Double Check Before You Send or Sign a Contract

When was the last time you took a red pen to your contracts to spot formatting mistakes? Ummmmm….. probably never. Well, believe it or not, minor errors in formatting can make a BIG impact on the way your contracts are interpreted. In this Legal Quickie episode, I’m sharing three common formatting mistakes you’re probably making with your contracts. The good news is they are super easy to fix.

So grab a copy of your contract (or if you don’t have one, check out these templates offered on the website), get your red pen, and have a listen to this episode. 

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Legal Quickie: How to Draft Contracts When Providing Multiple Services or Packages to Your Clients

Are you a Jack or Jill of all trades? 

Are you doing #allthethings and providing multiple services or packages to your clients? 

Are you confused about how you should address these various services or packages in your client contracts?

If the answer is “oh my dear, YES,” then, you’ll want to listen to this episode of Office Talk.  I’m answering these questions and more!

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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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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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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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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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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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  • SORRY, THE CHEAT SHEET AND GIVEAWAY MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE ARE  NO LONGER AVAILABLE

  • In this episode, I mention Episode 3 - all about boilerplate provisions. Catch that episode here.

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Legal Quickie: How Do I Get Out of a Contract?

If you regularly enter into contracts with clients or customers, then you'll want to listen to this Legal Quickie episode before you swipe right on your next contract.

We're talking about why contracts are just like dating, how to think about your contracts just like you would any other relationship, and what terms you might include in your contracts to make sure you have a way to "break up" with your (nightmare) client.

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Legal Quickie: Do I Really Need All That Legal Mumbo Jumbo at the End of My Contract?

If you've ever been tempted to delete all that legal jargon at the end of the contract -- cause after all they take up too much space and look irrelevant -- then listen up. In this Legal Quickie episode, I'm explaining why they're important and also walking you through 5 of the most common ones to include in your contract.

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