Back in February, I promised to walk you through how to use the law to:

  • Keep more money in your business;
  • Earn more money with your business;
  • Make your business run more smoothly; and
  • Build a business that is more valuable.

We started with how the law can help you keep more money in your business.

But there’s more.  You can also use the law to help your business run more smoothly.

Think about it:  What if you could smooth out the most common hiccups and rough spots to running and growing your business?

Take a minute and list the top 3 headaches or time-stealers in your business.  What are they?

Do you have to track payments down from clients?

Do you have to re-explain your process of working with clients?  Are your clients confused?

Do you have a business relationship in which you aren’t on the same page about what and when and how things were to get done?

Do you now know that another business (or three) are using the same name as your business?

How many of us haven’t run into one, if not all, of these issues in growing our businesses?

How many haven’t felt like everything we’ve planned has stopped for the unexpected—or worse, for the routine?

Building a business is a ride.  A bumpy one.  But there are things you can do to anticipate and help yourself glide over the bumps.  Think about it as having good suspension for potholes.

Here are 5 ways you can use the law to make your business run more smoothly:

  1. Write a client contract that takes your client through your entire process & sets clear expectations (including about payment).
  2. Register your trademarks and copyrights
  3. Create written contracts that work for all your business relationships
  4. Have a standard work for hire contract, if you hire creative service providers
  5. Introduce an employee handbook, if you have employees

Stay tuned for the WHAT and the WHY of each . . .

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