Since launching my business almost seven years ago, two major things I’ve learned are to get everything in writing and to make sure contracts get signed before money is exchanged. During this time I have had several regrets come from no contracts and from me losing thousands of dollars when hiring someone or when someone was hiring me. However, now, I don’t work with clients until a contract or retainer agreement is signed and payment is paid in full.
Hello everyone! My name is Brandi Howard. I have had the pleasure of guest blogging before on Imperfect Concepts. I’ve answered some of your questions in the past on Trademarks, finances, legal mistakes, and have even posted about the importance of limiting your liability. And as I’m sure you’ve already heard from Tasha, this month I’ll be launching a legal education website for small business women called, “Brandi Howard Law Education for Entrepreneurs” (BHL).
One of the most overlooked aspects of owning a company is the legal aspect, in my opinion. Most people know they need to register their legality that’s about it. They don’t think further than maybe getting their “Doing Business As” form with their city. Which is a huge mistake. You never know when all your hard work is going to pay off and you business becomes known worldwide. Then it’s too late, your business unprotected.
Today we are talking about the importance of copyright protection—particularly for those of you who have digital products or products that can be “knocked off.” Copyright is a type of intellectual property protection. That phrasing is especially important for those of you with digital products, i.e. prints, illustrations, or e-books, which are particularly easy to steal. No one likes to work and create a product only to see it stolen and others benefitting from it.