In the wedding industry especially, “handshake deals” have been historically common.
But are these verbal agreements legal? The answer may surprise you.Read More
WE'RE IN THE HOME STRETCH, Y'ALL!
It's happening. You've made it through wedding season (or are hella close!). But before you breathe that sigh of relief, make sure you've got your pieces in place for the end of the year. Here's a quick list of things you need to make sure you've looked at to keep your biz green light on!Read More
I see many creative entrepreneurs freaking out about finding an attorney, not knowing who to turn to, or making bad decisions when it comes to hiring people on their “A-Team.” You simply don’t know where to start, but know for a fact that you don’t want to walk into that dark, musty lawyer’s office down the road and work with that old buy who smells like mothballs. And it doesn’t need to be like this!
Today, I’m going to talk to you about what you need to know about hiring an attorney from an attorney….Read More
In my “day job,” (hint: not this blog) I have worked with trademarks for years. I’ve taught classes to other attorneys on filing and enforcing trademarks. And I feel like I’ve heard lots of strange thoughts and myths along the way.
But hey— it’s time to bust those up. Let’s pull a Miley and come in like a wrecking ball to correct some of the worst trademark-myth offenders:Read More
Every business owner has to negotiate a contract at some point. Whether it’s with a client who is asking for changes in your terms, negotiating through a vendor contract, or creating the terms to a collaboration agreement, knowing how to advocate for yourself is critical.
But guess what? Being your own advocate can be HARD. I will be the FIRST ONE to admit that while I am a great negotiator for others (like, I won an award for it in law school once, #nerdalert) I used to be terrible at advocating for myself. Like that whole “get-kinda-sweaty-and-act-all-fuzzy-brained” kind of feeling where your heart beats really fast and you wonder if everyone hates you……Read More
You’ve probably heard through the grapevine how important it can be to register your business name as a trademark. But why? What is a trademark? Why is it important? And do you really need to do it?
Like most things, there are few easy answers. But don’t worry— we wrote you this simplified primer to give you the down-low on trademarks and why it’s critical you’re familiar with these tools to protect your brand.Read More
HAPPY HURRICANE SEASON!
Florence is bearing down on the East Coast, so today, we’re talking about "Acts of God," aka Force Majeure events. You might have noticed this word in the boring-AF parts at the end of our contract templates or in any other contract drafted by an attorney. So what is this, and why is it so important?Read More
If you're reading articles about running a small business, you've no doubt had someone tell you that you need to form an LLC. But if you're a newbie event planner, designer, photographer, florist, etc.-- do you really need to take the time to file with the state? After all, it's just you, right? And who is going to sue you for a wedding? Can't you just do it later?
I’ll shoot ya straight. Here’s the 4 questions you need to ask yourself to decide:Read More
'm 99% sure that at some point, you may have signed a contract that goes a little something like this:
"NOW, therefore, for good and valuable consideration, the Parties agree as follows:"
"Photographer agrees, with no additional consideration, that the Client may....."
"Client agrees that Planner may use their name and likeness in marketing materials with no further consideration due under this Agreement."
But that pesky word, "consideration"-- what does it mean? Turns out it can be pretty important.Read More
“The processing of personal data should be for the good of mankind.”
That’s straight out of the new European Union Privacy law that is getting ready to send ripples through marketers and list-builders all over the world. It’s 80 pages and 50,000 words long…. And I read it.
That’s how much I love you guys.
If you want the long-form breakdown and need a little more than our video, OR if you’re like me and need to know #ALLOFTHETHINGS, keep reading to find out how the GDPR will affect your wedding and event business, PLUS to download a 9 Step Action Plan to work towards GDPR compliance….Read More
Will the GDPR affect your wedding business? Whether you're a photographer, wedding planner, venue, videographer, designer, baker, florist-- the answer is probably YES. Watch this short video to learn how your business will be affected, what you should do to comply, and to get an action list of ways to work towards compliance before the May 25 deadline.Read More
I get this question at a lot of conferences, so I thought it was high time we cleared this up!
The answer is a surprisingly simple one. A business license and an LLC filing are very different….Read More
A judge once said to my client: “The biggest mistake you made was going into business with a friend, with no written agreement. Friendship clouds the business relationship. You can't have the conversations you need to have when you're friends."
While I disagree that you can't run a business with a friend, I do agree with one thing: entering into any business relationship without a contract is a no good, very bad idea! (Don't take my word for it--Being Boss did a great episode on this very topic, which you can listen to here.)
What type of contract am I even talking about? …..Read More
Alternative title: Drafting Statements of Work that don't Suck! (I figured that might be a little aggressive)
Every time you draft a contract, you need to specify exactly what you're doing for that client. Whether it's a package, specific terms drafted into a contract, or a Statement of Work pulled out at the end (my favorite way to do it, FYI), you have to have things NAILED DOWN….Read More
A lot of times, wedding pros plan to "start out small" in their business. This means running lean and on a shoestring budget. And lots of times, these are the folks who skip the corporate formation step and just opt to be a sole proprietor (an "SP").
Let me tell you-- this could be one of the most expensive mistakes you make…Read More
Styled shoots, while sometimes getting a lot of flack, can be awesome. They are a great way to showcase your work as a professional, go all-out on a small-scale, make meaningful industry connections, and get exposure for your work.
But it can be a legal headache with all of the liability, rights, and model releases being strewn about.
What MUST you consider before you execute a Styled Shoot?…Read More
"Each separate email in violation of the CAN-SPAM Act is subject to penalties of up to $40,654"-- FTC.gov ⬅️
Do I have your attention now?
Yeah, thought so. If you're sending out emails to customer lists, sharing potential customer lists of new couples with like-minded vendors, growing your email list through freebies, or just starting to explore the idea of email marketing, you need to perk your ears up…..Read More
Did you know-- despite what you call them-- that your Wedding & Event Biz's “independent contractors” may actually be employees?
Yep. And misclassification can have some pretty tough consequences for both the company and the worker, including fines, back wages due, reimbursement for overtime and minimum wage payments, payment of back taxes, fines for state income taxes, and more. So in this "1099 Economy," how do we know who is what anymore?!…Read More
In the middle of a wedding, a sexy, dark and handsome man slides up to you. "Hey, are you Polly the Wedding Planner?" he says, staring straight into your eyes.
"Yes," you stammer, your knees weak.
He leans in close…Read More
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