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The Legal Road Map™ podcast teaches creative entrepreneurs how to protect your rights and stay out of legal hot water, so you can confidently build your dream business. Host Autumn Witt Boyd, a lawyer for creative and online businesses, gives you the answers to your copyright, trademark, and business legal questions. Like having an attorney in your back pocket. What contracts should you have? What the heck is a website privacy policy or terms and conditions? What should you protect with a co ...
 
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Navigating the world of LLCs, bookkeepers, and legal can be tough when you’re new to the business world. But doing it in the middle of Covid? That’s a lesson in patience and perseverance! Boudoir and personal branding photographer Layra Marte shares how she navigates the world of online business and in-person connections to grow her photography bus…
 
It seems there are more ways than ever to grow a thriving photography business. Mini-sessions, branding photography, wedding and events, to name just a few. But each of these revenue streams presents its own unique set of considerations to make sure you and your photography business are protected legally. While the barrier of entry to the photograp…
 
There’s an online course for just about everything these days. And for good reason. More people are learning online than ever, and online courses can be wildly profitable if you play your cards right. Jacques Hopkins is a bit of an anomaly in the online course world because he took a subject he’d never taught before (piano) and turned it into an ex…
 
Online courses are quickly becoming one of the most popular points of entry to the online world. They can cover nearly any topic and the online format makes them accessible to a broader audience. Online courses can be a lot of work to put together with many moving parts ranging from copywriting to video editing, which is all the more reason you wan…
 
If you’re a service provider -- like a web designer or copywriter -- you might feel like you’re tethered to a single revenue stream: designing websites or writing copy. But the online world now offers more opportunity than ever to diversify your revenue streams. A mix of affiliate marketing, memberships, and online education can all be perfect comp…
 
Web design is one of the most collaborative creative service relationships we see at the AWB Firm. Because of this unique relationship, it can be especially easy to find yourself dealing with things like scope creep and delays caused by your client. The best way to avoid these issues altogether is… you guessed it… to use a rock solid client contrac…
 
Losing sleep worrying over your business is no fun. But Britt Seva, founder of Thrivers Society, found herself in that exact situation before she decided to take care of the legal blindspots in her business. Learn how Britt has built an extremely successful membership business model by starting small and growing smart. In this episode, we’ll cover:…
 
Membership sites and online communities are some of the most popular business models in the online world. They allow your business (and consistent revenue) to grow quickly and reach more people without necessarily adding more work to your plate. But to anyone who’s ever seen a discussion around social issues turn ugly, or found your own resources p…
 
Interior design can transform the dullest of spaces in your home into an inspiring retreat. But there’s a lot more to a gorgeous design concept than meets the eye. Managing client expectations, coordinating countless vendors, and even a little marriage counseling from time to time. A designer’s work is complex and requires a lot of focus on process…
 
To an outsider, interior design or decorating can seem like a fun and easy gig. You pick paint colors, recommend a few pieces of furniture, top your vision off with a few accessories. Done! But actually, interior design and decorator contracts are some of the more complex contracts we work on at the AWB Firm, with moving parts like who’s responsibl…
 
Copywriting can be intimidating to a lot of online business owners. It seems like an elusive yet necessary skill to running your business successfully and increasing sales. But copywriting genius Ashlyn Carter joined us in this episode to give a behind-the-scenes peek at what starting and growing her agency/curriculum-based business looks like, inc…
 
The words you write help business owners sell their products or services like hotcakes. Word of mouth is starting to do its thing and you’ve got a waitlist of people dying to have you write copy for their emails, sales page, or website. So how do you make sure you grow your copywriting business legally? Do you really need to form an LLC or get busi…
 
Ecommerce can be intimidating to a lot of entrepreneurs, because they have misconceptions about needing tons of startup capital or product to get started (myself included!). But ecommerce business owner and business coach Vivian Kaye has debunked all those myths on her way to 7 figures. In this episode, in addition to a lot of inspiration and laugh…
 
Ecommerce is booming, with more brick-and-mortar stores taking their products online. And while there are tons of online store platforms that make the transition to online selling easier than ever, there are many pitfalls to not setting up your ecommerce store legally that you might never see coming. Get our best legal tips for ecommerce businesses…
 
Signature offers, growing a team, landing big clients, proprietary methods, taking care of legal, and more. This interview with Kathleen Shannon and Tara Street of Braid Creative will give you a behind-the-scenes peek into growing a successful graphic design and branding agency, and how a contract helped them feel confident enough to stick to their…
 
You obviously have your logo design skills nailed down (hello, graphic designer!) and word of mouth about your gorgeous branding packages is starting to spread. You’re ready to make things business-official. But what about legal for your new graphic design or branding business? What do you even need to tackle and when? What are the things that coul…
 
The only thing worse than not protecting your business at all is putting legal protections in place -- but not following through so that they’re actually effective. You probably know by now that I think contracts are the simplest, best way to protect your online business. But if you don’t get them signed, they won’t do you any good if you run into …
 
As much as we don’t want to think about things going wrong in our business, calculating risk is part of being a responsible business owner. So how can you set up your business when you’re just getting started to make sure your personal home, car, bank accounts, and other assets are protected if something happens later? What role does insurance play…
 
For many business owners, arriving at the point of needing to hire someone because you have more work than you can handle is an absolute dream come true. But loose hiring practices can lead you to make some extremely costly mistakes -- like hiring an independent contractor who really should be classified as an employee, or not using a contract to m…
 
The online space is its own unique ecosystem - no other industry does things quite the way we do them here. And never has that been more evident than over the last weeks and days as we have seen the outcry about the death of George Floyd unfold and the subsequent flood of activity calling out racism and police brutality (and each other) in online f…
 
You’ve started your business, created your products, and maybe even made a few sales. Think you’re ready to scale? Not so fast… Messaging and marketing expert Lisa Princic joins the podcast to talk about the importance of nailing down value proposition BEFORE you scale, the most common marketing mistakes she sees businesses make, and more. In this …
 
Building a beautiful website and creating compelling content takes time and resources (financial or otherwise). And when you’re just getting started, you may be short on both. It’s tempting to just “borrow” a bit here and there and hope no one notices. But the consequences can be severe… not to mention potentially devastating to your business. So w…
 
You’ve made the plans to take your business online, and decided on the basics we covered in part 1 of this series. Now what? Part of the beauty of starting an online business is that you can get up and running quickly, but there are still a few more things you need to tackle before you open your virtual doors. In this episode, we’ll cover: How the …
 
From retail to restaurants, businesses in every industry are flocking to the online space. Navigating the ins and outs of online business can add another layer of unclear rules and laws to sift through as you set up your business. So, how do you know where to begin? In this episode, we’ll cover: How to choose the right model for your online busines…
 
When you’re just starting out, it’s easy to let legal fall to the bottom of the priority pile. It can be much more exciting to work on your branding or website, or work up some new product ideas. But if you skip a few basic protections now, it could lead to big problems later. In this episode, I walk through the three actions I think every business…
 
Financials can either be exciting or depressing, depending on how your business is doing. But no matter how you feel about them, reviewing and understanding your business’s numbers is critical to growing a successful, sustainable business. Danielle Hayden with Kickstart Accounting and The Profit Planner shares her tips for making bookkeeping more m…
 
Hiring a lawyer for one-on-one help to protect your business probably seems like an impossible goal for a lot of business owners I know, especially in the midst of a pandemic. But did you know there are steps you can take on your own that will have you worrying less about things like refund requests, scope creep, and clients stealing your content, …
 
The new AWB Firm website got a facelift recently - if you’ve discovered that your contract isn’t quite doing what you need it to (i.e., protecting you and your business), check out our new contract template shop at www.awbfirm.com. All templates and bundles are 40% off through April 30. No code needed. If you know your way around the business secti…
 
Looking up to some of the most successful people in your industry can either motivate you or make you feel like you’ll never get there. But one of the best ways to find success in your own business is by learning from those who are a few, or even many, steps ahead of you. Autumn is dishing on some of the simple ways her 7-figure + online course roc…
 
This episode was recorded April 1, 2020. If you’re a small business owner, you may feel like you’ve been dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic for months already. You may have had to lay off employees, temporarily close your business, and more. Times are leaner and cash is oxygen for your business. So what do you do when it comes time t…
 
When it comes to online marketing, there’s one name that stands above them all: Amy Porterfield. She worked with some of the biggest names in the business before striking out on her own and growing into a multimillion dollar online course business, now supported by a team of 15. Amy is a client and friend of the AWB Firm, and in Autumn’s interview …
 
This episode was recorded on March 17, 2020. Find all of our Coronavirus resources here: www.awbfirm.com/covid19 There’s no denying it, we’re all in the same uncharted waters as the global Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic touches each and every one of us. Everyone is asking new questions and thinking through new scenarios, especially when it comes t…
 
When you’re already running a business, carving out the time to actually work on your online course can seem utterly impossible. Your clients always come first, so how do you balance continuing to provide them with the stellar service you’re known for, and make time to draft your course outline, record your modules, write copy for your student work…
 
Putting together an online course is a huge undertaking. There are so many moving parts - writing copy, sourcing or creating images/video, making sure your tech is working, marketing + sales, and more. I’m tired just thinking about it! If you’re not careful, all of those pieces can take you away from the parts of your business that are making you m…
 
It seems like everyone is adding a digital course to their arsenal of offerings these days. With tools like plug-and-play platforms and even courses on how to create your course, it’s easier than ever to start earning serious income from these popular products. But what about the legal side of digital courses? In the rush to get your course up and …
 
Growing your Instagram following can be tricky business. If you’ve ever struggled with your IG account, you know my guest is an expert on the platform: Jasmine Star! Jasmine is a law school dropout, turned photographer, turned business strategist, who has transitioned from offering 1:1 services, to digital courses, to now a membership model to help…
 
If you’ve been paying attention to Facebook over the last couple of years, you’ll know that FB is making a big push for users to engage in groups. So, not surprisingly, FB groups have been popping up everywhere, whether they’re free and open to anyone, or private and part of a paid membership or online course. But what happens if someone’s behavior…
 
If you rely on Facebook or Instagram ads to make sales in your business, losing your ads account is probably one of your biggest nightmares. A shut-down account could cripple your next launch and have a serious effect on your bottom line. I’m sharing juicy stories from online business owners who have dealt with this super frustrating situation, and…
 
Facebook ads can seem like a mystery - it’s no wonder there are people who have made a whole career out of helping others set up ads that work. Whether you’re a seasoned social media ad user, or you’re just starting to think about using them, you know ads can be a powerful tool to help move the needle when it comes to driving traffic, generating le…
 
If you’ve reached Scale Phase, your business has “made it”. You’re making six to seven figures and might even have your sights set on eight. Your team has grown to include mostly employees with a few independent contractors, but they’ve all grown to be dependent on your business’s success for their own. More money, more problems indeed, which is wh…
 
If you’re in the Success Phase of business - your business is stable, you’re making consistent revenue you and others depend on (from $50,000 to low six-figures) and you’ve built a team - this episode is for you. Learn some expensive mistakes you could be making in your business, whether you’re a done-for-you service provider, a coach, or a course …
 
If you’re in the Solopreneur Phase of business - your business is no longer a baby, you’re making revenue you depend on (up to $50,000) and you’re still the one doing all the things - this episode is for you. Learn some expensive mistakes you could be making in your business, whether you’re a done-for-you service provider, a coach, or a course crea…
 
If you’re starting or growing your business in 2020, my guess is you don’t know half of the things that can go wrong legally in your business. All season, we’re talking about dreaming + scheming, and the expensive legal pitfalls you’ll want to avoid in each stage of starting, building, and scaling your online business. If you’re in Launch Phase of …
 
Learn what trends we’re seeing with our 7+ figure online business owner clients for 2020. In this episode we’ll cover: The benefits of a membership or subscription model, that go beyond recurring revenue What's coming up with live events - and how you can use photos or video of your in-person event to promote the next one Why you might want to nich…
 
Does the idea of working with a lawyer make your palms sweat? If you’ve never worked with a lawyer, it just might! Learn what it's really like to hire our firm to help with your legal needs, from start to finish. You'll hear about the entire process, and why working a lawyer doesn’t have to be scary. In this episode we’ll cover: Why we ask potentia…
 
Boss lawyer-turned-strategist Heather Hubbard shares her experience making the leap into entrepreneurship, why contracts are critical, and her recent Legal VIP Day experience with the AWB Firm. In this episode we’ll cover: The importance of knowing you are bigger ‘why’ Why you need to use contracts with your collaborators - every time! Why it's als…
 
Our firm works with successful 7 & 8 figure online business owners every day, and we've started to notice a few important qualities that they share. We're sharing the four things they consistently do to create and sustain success (and how you can implement these into your business NOW). In this episode we’ll cover: Why continuing to “bootstrap it” …
 
Physician-turned-life-coach Katrina Ubell shares her experience growing her weight loss coaching business and the importance of using contracts. In this episode we’ll cover: Why having your team members sign a contract doesn’t mean there’s a lack of trust Signs that it’s time to add professional advisors to your team The business-growing benefits t…
 
We kept hearing from our clients that they didn't have time to get legal projects done. So we created a solution tailor made for online business owners with the least amount of time, who still want to protect their business. In this episode we’ll cover: What the AWB Firm’s Legal VIP Day looks like: a 360-degree overview of the entire experience How…
 
Learn tips, tricks, and course creator best practices from Teachable’s Cameron Mattis. In this episode we’ll cover: The importance of having a specific audience and niche with for your online course How using the language that your audience uses is gold when it comes to connecting with them The ‘before and after’ exercise Cameron recommends when pu…
 
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