Well hello there, friends! Pull up a chair, grab your laptop - or if you’re old school, your notebook and pen - and let’s talk shop. Your great business plan finally has legs. You’re ready to get the word out, to start growing followers and to shout from the rooftops that your brand pretty much rocks and everyone should come and check it out. We love that confidence, in fact, it’s going to help you in the long run. But there are a few things you need to keep in mind in those early stages of development that could make or break your business. Read on to learn about the 3 things that put your business at risk.
Not having legal contracts.
As much as we’d like to think a handshake and a verbal agreement is all you need nowadays, that just ain’t the case. Business is business, even between friends! Whether you’re doing a job for a client you’ve never met until now, or for your bestie or Aunt Karen, you need to have a legal contract in place before any work moves forward. A contract keeps both parties on track and leaves you with no uncertainties about what is owed and agreed upon. Get all the goods on the page, friends. Pay rates, the number of revisions you’re willing to provide (or ask for depending on which end of the contract you fall on!), due dates, rights and that good old grand scope. Talk it through until both parties are happy, make any necessary adjustments then sign on that lovely little dotted line.
Not trademarking your brilliant brand and business!
Don’t sit back on your heels with this one. Register your trade mark! You have an awesome idea, a great brand that is sure to be a success and you’re going full steam ahead with plans, designs and marketing. Then someone catches wind of that brilliance... people can be jerks. What if that someone sweeps that idea out from under you and runs with their own version of it? The name, the brand, the design, you name it! Getting your trade mark registered is the only way you can guarantee yourself exclusive rights to your brand name, your logo and other important business assets.You gotta get legal, lovelies, and this is how we do it. *Insert Backstreet Boys jam here*. Protect your brand early on so you can focus on making it the very best it can be without worrying about it being at risk. Brilliant idea. Trade mark. Boom.
Alright, put your notebook and pen down. Grab a cup of coffee. Let it all sink in. And move your brilliant business forward with confidence now that you have a better idea of how to keep your bright brand and ideas safe and sound!
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