Can your words get you sued? (Copywriters - must listen!) (S5E151)

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By Autumn Witt Boyd and Autumn Witt Boyd | Go-To Lawyer for Online Entrepreneurs. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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 business insurance? And how do you make sure you’re protected when (not if!) your relationship with a client gets sticky?

In this episode, we’ll cover:

  • How a solid proposal can really make or break a copywriting gig
  • Why you really need both a proposal and a contract
  • The essential information your contract should always include
  • What a “pause clause” is and why you should consider including it in your contract
  • How you can use ownership of rights to your work as leverage if you’re not getting paid
  • The essential legal documents you need to be sure are on your website
  • The must-have contract to use if you start growing your team with one or more independent contractors
  • Whether you need to form an LLC or worry about insurance in your copywriting business

BONUS: If you’re starting something new, or this episode has spotlighted areas of your business that have you worried, now is a great time to make sure your business is in good shape legally. Download our free legal checklist to make sure your business has a strong legal foundation at www.awbfirm.com/podcast151!

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Episode 147 of the Legal Road Map® podcast for branding and graphic designers: www.awbfirm.com/podcast147

Client Proposal template: https://awbfirm.com/collections/all/products/client-proposal-template

Website documents bundle: https://awbfirm.com/collections/all/products/website-pages-bundle

Independent Contractor agreement template: https://awbfirm.com/collections/all/products/independent-contractor-contract-template

Creative Service Provider bundle: https://awbfirm.com/collections/all/products/creative-service-provider-bundle

Client Agreement contract template: https://awbfirm.com/collections/all/products/client-contract-template

This podcast is information, not legal advice specific to your situation.

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