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Design is a Job, Not Just for Designers

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... read more

Get Clarity on the Legal Needs of Your Business: New Flat-Fee Options for Creatives

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... read more

Are Unpaid Interns Putting Your Creative Business At Risk?

Many creative businesses are started by solo entrepreneurs, they are one-woman or one-man shows. As their businesses begin to grow, however, many owners eventually reach a point when they realize that they can no longer do it all by themselves and need some help. Eventually administrative duties, including marketing and social media, taking and processing orders, bookkeeping, and communicating with customers becomes the creative business owner’s full-time job, leaving little time for creating the very product or service they are selling. And instead of hiring an employee, many creative businesses bring on interns to fill this gap, some of which may be unpaid. At first glance, unpaid interns seem like a great option. They work for free, they are eager to learn, and if the business is near a college with an arts or design department, then there is likely a large pool of individuals interested in gaining some insight into how a creative business is run. Bringing unpaid interns on, however, can put a business owner at risk of violating federal and state employment laws, particularly if an unpaid intern is spending most of his or her time performing routine administrative tasks.   How to Legally Make Unpaid Interns a Part of Your Creative Business?   But what if you genuinely want to pass along the craft and give back to the creative community? Unpaid internships, if structured correctly, can be a great way to do just that. The key is to make sure the internship truly benefits the intern and is not just a way to avoid hiring an employee.  In California, you can have unpaid interns... read more

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