How do you define what a creative business is? When I talk about creative business owners, I mean someone who creates something on behalf of someone else. This could be a photographer, copywriter, content creator, etc. And like all entrepreneurs, they have legal areas to take into consideration too.
In today’s episode, I cover the legal side of business structure, protecting your website, working with clients, content ownership, and more.
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In this episode:
[02:32] - Are creative businesses better off as limited liability companies or sole proprietorships?
[05:25] - Danielle discusses terms and conditions and disclaimers for creative business owners.
[06:40] - Focus on these areas in your client agreement to ensure it has a solid foundation and will help protect your creative business.
[07:39] - As a creative, you need to set some boundaries in place for your clients regarding content creation.
[08:35] - Many creative businesses have master service agreements. What are they, and how do they make things easier for you?
[09:21] - Danielle explores a vital legal area for creatives: copyright protection for your original works and how to wrangle content ownership provisions.
[11:02] - Be aware of these three key terms in your client agreement regarding content creation.
[12:13] - What else can you do to protect the creative business and brand you’ve built? Danielle talks about trademarks.
[13:05] - What should you do to protect your digital products?
[13:58] - Keep these things in mind as you hire more people to help you handle increased workloads in your creative business.
[15:04] - Danielle wraps up the episode with your action steps for today.
Links & Resources:
Creative Business Owners Legal Guide
Episode 31: “Website Accessibility”
Episode 13: “Content Ownership in Contracts”