Contracts 101: An Attorney's Perspective on on the Importance of Client Agreements

Contracts 101: An Attorney's Perspective on on the Importance of Client Agreements

(Editor's note: Today's guest post was submitted by attorney Autumn Witt Boyd, who serves creative business owners in a variety of capacities. We're thrilled to have her valuable contribution to our monthly content theme of legal and financial issues.Read more about Autumn at the end of the post!)

You already know you need a written contract with your clients, right? 
 
Contracts help both sides work together more smoothly, because there are no questions about what everyone has agreed to. It’s all there in black and white. No one has that feeling in the pit of their stomach about what could happen if things go wrong – you’ve already talked about it, and you both know exactly where you stand.

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Independent Contractors vs. Employees: What Wedding Pros Need to Know

Independent Contractors vs. Employees: What Wedding Pros Need to Know

(Editor's note: We're thrilled to kick off our March content theme of all the operational "stuff" you need to manage in order to maintain a successful business - contracts, bookkeeping, client and team member management, and more. Today we welcome guest contributor Annette Stepanian, an attorney who's generously provided some fantastic advice for wedding business owners and other creative professionals. Take it away, Annette!)

You’ve decided to hire some extra help for your wedding business. Perhaps you’re now sending all of your graphic design needs to a local graphic designer or maybe you’ve hired an assistant to help with the day of work for an upcoming event.
 
Before hiring your next worker, it’s important to understand the distinction between what makes a worker an independent contractor versus an employee and what that means for you, the business owner. Improperly classifying a worker as an independent contractor can be quite costly for your business.

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How to Protect Your Website From Thieves

How to Protect Your Website From Thieves

Anyone who knows me knows I am absolutely militant about my company website.   Over the past five years or so, I’ve encountered literally 400-something companies around the world who have stolen my original text.  I’ve heard every excuse in the book from these sleazeball plagiarists:

“You can’t copyright text, only pictures…” (not true)

“You don’t own the English language…” (not relevant)

“We don’t even operate in the same market, so what does it matter?” (SO beside the point)

“How do I know you didn’t steal it from me?” (are you freaking kidding me?)

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