Get Biz Legal: Where’s Your Website?

Protecting yourself isn’t just about forming LLCs and drafting contracts. Here’s a quick DIY tip for you to lower your risk of something going wonky with your website (or at least make the wonky easier to handle).

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Get Biz Legal: For If You Use Stock Photos

Do you use stock photos on your website, blog, or Facebook page? Here’s a quick tip you can do in 5 minutes or less to protect yourself from a cease & desist letter (aka some accusing you of copyright infringement).

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Sorry, Your LLC Might Not Protect You—But Here Are 7 Ways to Fix It

You’ve read the blog posts about how you need to form a business entity to protect you from personal liability for your business. So, you decide to form a Limited Liability Company (LLC)—in your home state or in a state like Delaware or Nevada—because those seem simpler than all the requirements of having a corporation, […]

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The Problems With Using Contracts You Find Via Google Search

It’s so tempting to just do a quick Google search to find some template contracts to use for your next virtual assistant, coaching client, consultant, or joint venture. But there are probably a few (bunch of) things missing from that free template. In this video I review some real free templates I found via Google […]

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Does a Written Agreement Prove They’re an Independent Contractor?

So many of us small, online businesses need help. Virtual assistants, project managers, graphic designers, event coordinators, bookkeepers, videographers … all kinds of professionals we bring in to provide expertise or just another body to help us grow and get more done. For years now, the fashionable thing has been to hire these workers as […]

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Should You Run Your One-Person Business as a Sole Proprietorship?

The first question I get from my one-person business owner clients is usually about business entity. Can they keep running their business as a sole proprietorship, or do they need to form an LLC or S-Corporation?  So here’s an infographic I just created (using Piktochart), if you’re thinking about staying a sole proprietor, to give […]

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No Opt-In Required: 5 Reasons to Give Away Your Best Stuff

Over the years, I’ve created tons of free stuff (53+ different classes, videos, audio interviews, and pdf’s) where you get them only after you sign up for my email newsletter. It’s a classic internet marketing strategy to build a list, and I’ve used it to get thousands of people. And yep, I’m still using it […]

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Is it more “spiritual” to shake hands, than to sign a contract?

Recently I read a blog post about someone who doesn’t sign any contracts – with business partners, joint venture partners, employees, or contractors. They just “shake hands” – as if that is somehow more spiritual or honorable than drafting a (scary? icky? overly-formal? long? non-soulful?) contract. This is a *huge* pet peeve for me. But […]

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Can You Get Sued for Sharing that Viral Photo on Facebook?

On the EPW Small Business Law PC Facebook Page, Liz asked: “What about posting/using all those snazzy quotes with images that you see shared by friend on Facebook? Some will have an originating website (and I wonder if they own the images, many use quotes and attribute the quote author but not the image creator) […]

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On Trolls, Unsolicited Criticism, and Being “Unprofessional”

On LinkedIn today I received a message about my profile picture. Someone I didn’t know stated that since I was going back to practicing law, I should get a more formal, professional profile picture. Just sayin’  After considering the source (aka checking out his “web 2.0 expert” profile), snarking to my BFF, and asking Facebook […]

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