You’ve built up this amazing business, and now you realize you’ve built something worth protecting.
But you have no clue where to start.
You feel like legal is expensive and super confusing, so you keep shoving it under the rug.
But you know how much calmer it would make you feel to know that you and your business are protected — so you can focus on the big picture stuff.
The problem is that most legal resources out there aren’t geared towards women who do what you do.
You’re right — traditional legal help IS expensive and confusing. And it’s not tailored to online business.
So here are 3 HUGE tips about how to build a legally legit online business to cut through all that confusion and overwhelm…
1 // Setup Your Business
Yes, before you even work with someone — you should setup your business properly.
The key is to have a business formed *before* you work with someone, so that if there ever was a problem, you would have been working with that client as a *business* and not as an *individual* (that is – if you go with an LLC as an entity type!)
Each state has + and – to each entity type (LLC, sole proprietor, partnership, corporation, etc.) It’s important to find out what those pros and cons are, what that means for *you* and the steps you need to take to get registered.
2 // Website Policies
These should be tailored to you and your business as much as possible. In other words, stealing from someone else’s website, or borrowing from a friend, is not only illegal — but it’s just simply not going to help you.
3 // Contracts
As you get closer to being ready to work with clients, you should have a professionally written, tailored contract ready to go.
Working with people 1-on-1 through coaching or creative services? Then you need a 1-on-1 client services agreement.
Running a group program? Then you need a group program contract.
Voila! See — not that bad!
Of course, there’s always more to do. You might want to learn more about how to protect your content, figure out whether you need a trademark, or learn about your scope of practice so your programs stay within legal bounds.
But in the meantime — this is a great start ; )
And you can always get in touch with me HERE. I’d love to here from you <3