Design is a Job, by Mike Monteiro, has been on my list of books to read for at least a year and I finally made some time to read it. Okay, full disclosure, I listened to the audio version, but the whole time I regretted not having a tangible copy to highlight, bend corners, and take notes on. There are so many good nuggets of information in the book that I would recommend any small business owner read it, not just designers. And I am not even talking about the whole chapter that Monteiro devotes to why you need a good contract for your business (yes, it is true!).
Many of the takeaways from his book are lessons that Monteiro learned just by getting out there, doing the work, and learning what works and what doesn’t over time. And generally that is the best way I learn too. But when you are a small business owner, there are so many things vying for your time and attention that it just makes sense to learn from others’ mistakes sometimes.
Here are two things that Monteiro discussed in his book that really resonated with me:
- You are responsible for what you put out in the world. This is so huge! It can be really hard to say no to a paying client in the short term, but whatever your product or service is, it should align with your values and not cause harm.
- Your time is valuable. This is something that I honestly struggle with. In an ideal world, I would be a 100% pro bono attorney. Of course it makes me uncomfortable to ask for money, but when clients come to me they need legal assistance, which is a valuable service that I am providing. And so is the product or service you are providing in your business; therefore, you should be getting paid for the work you are doing. Even if you are running a nonprofit, you are likely providing some sort of benefit to the public, and that value is worth the grants and/or donations the nonprofit receives.
So be mindful of the impact your work has out in the world and make sure you are getting paid for the work you do!
Starting or growing a creative business can be exciting, but it can also be a little scary. It can require a lot of upfront investment of time, energy, and money. So when it comes to ensuring that all of your legal “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed, it can help to know in advance how much those services will cost. And that is exactly why I have put together some flat-fee options. Check them out here!
One option I am specifically excited about is the Legal Road Map for Creative Businesses. This is a great option if you are ready to turn your hobby or side gig into a business. For $125 you get an hour consultation with me during which we will discuss your business needs and the legal needs of your enterprise. Afterward, I will provide you with a legal road map for your business, which will include a checklist of your next steps and key considerations as you move forward building your business.
Have you been daydreaming about turning your hobby or side gig into a business? Let’s connect so that I can help you make that dream a reality.
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