How to Edit Default Dubsado Signature Settings to Sign Contracts as Your LLC [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

How to Edit Default Dubsado Signature Settings to Sign Contracts as Your LLC [VIDEO TUTORIAL]

Dubsado automatically defaults it's signature blocks so that you're signing individually, and not as your company. YIKES!

Why is this important? The whole point of having an LLC, Corporation, or other limited liability entity is to protect your personal assets. But if you're signing a contract with clients as YOURSELF and not your COMPANY, you're exposing yourself to personal liability. 😱 Whoooops! Enter this video to show you how to fix that signature block in Dubsdo with a few simple tweaks!

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6.5 Must-Have Wedding Photography Contract Terms

6.5 Must-Have Wedding Photography Contract Terms

We’re on week 2 of our “Must Haves for Wedding Pro Contracts” series, and we’re looking at Wedding Photography Contracts/ Event Photographer contracts this week!

I’m calling this one “6.5 Must-Have Wedding Photography Contract Terms” because well… there’s a few “related side notes” thrown in here with this one. But there’s just so much you wedding photographers need to think about, and so much equipment you’re juggling!

If you’re a Wedding Photographer or Event Photographer, buckle in— let’s do this.

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5 Must-Have Wedding Planner Contract Terms

5 Must-Have Wedding Planner Contract Terms

What are the Wedding Planner Contract Terms and Event Planner Contract Terms YOU need to know about?

Wedding Planner Contracts and Event Planner Contracts tend to be one of the longest contracts I write for wedding pros. Why? Because you do EVERYTHING.

I’ve used my years of experience working with wedding pros to compile this list of 5 Must Have Wedding Planner Contract Terms to include in your Event Planning Contracts. And guess what? It’s free and you don’t even need to give me your email to access it! 😉

Let’s get to it…..

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Someone Copied Me, Now What?

Someone Copied Me, Now What?

In this day and age, it’s going to happen at some point. Someone is going to copy your hard work. And whether it’s flagrant copying or just enough so you know it’s your content, it’s going to tick you off. Big time.

But depending on the degree of copying, the proof we have, your preventative steps, and— to be completely frank— the resources you have at your disposal, we need to address copying in different ways. So how does this copyright thing work— REALLY? Here’s the deets:

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How to Pick a Lawyer for your Creative Business

How to Pick a Lawyer for your Creative Business

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….

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5 Myths about Trademarks Creatives NEED to Stop Believing

5 Myths about Trademarks Creatives NEED to Stop Believing

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:

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Negotiate Like A Pro - Tried and True Tips for Negotiating Contracts with Confidence

Negotiate Like A Pro - Tried and True Tips for Negotiating Contracts with Confidence

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……

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Simplified: Trademarks for Wedding & Event Pros

Simplified: Trademarks for Wedding & Event Pros

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.

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Contracts: 4 Things to Know about "Force Majeure"/ "Acts of God"

Contracts: 4 Things to Know about "Force Majeure"/ "Acts of God"

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?

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Do I *REALLY* Need an LLC? The Only 4 Questions to Ask!

Do I *REALLY* Need an LLC? The Only 4 Questions to Ask!

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:

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For your "Consideration....": What does "consideration" mean in my contract?

For your "Consideration....": What does "consideration" mean in my contract?

'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:"

or

"Photographer agrees, with no additional consideration, that the Client may....."

or even

"Client agrees that Planner may use their name and likeness in marketing materials with no further consideration due under this Agreement."

Look familiar?  

But that pesky word, "consideration"-- what does it mean?  Turns out it can be pretty important.

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"My Big Fat GDPR Breakdown" -- The Details Wedding Pros Need about the GDPR

"My Big Fat GDPR Breakdown" -- The Details Wedding Pros Need about the GDPR

“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….

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VIDEO and FREEBIE: Basic GDPR for Wedding Pros + Your Action List!

VIDEO and FREEBIE: Basic GDPR for Wedding Pros + Your Action List!

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.

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Don't Go Into Business without Talking About This...

Don't Go Into Business without Talking About This...

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? …..

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Freebie: Drafting Strong Contract Terms

Freebie: Drafting Strong Contract Terms

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….

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