So you know I've been blowing up your feed with ALL the info about online giveaways and influencer marketing (not sorry 'bout it, just want to keep you protected)...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I had to tell you this story because its a poignant reminder that you have POWER in your business (if you harness it, of course). The other day an influencer (Tiffany) popped into my inbox. She told me she had been growing her following for a couple years and had just hit 50k in 2019.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ...enter all the brand partners.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Things were going well until she realized that she didn't have a contract with her brand partners- she was JUST signing the contract they sent her way (thus missing out on some major negotiating power). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It all reached a head when she signed a contract not realizing that there was an EXCLUSIVITY clause that stated she couldn't work with another shampoo and conditioner company for twelve months. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Not a big deal...except she ended up losing out on TWENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS from another brand that wanted to partner with her during that time frame. And if she had negotiated with that first company and had gave them her own contract? Well that could have been money in her pocket.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's why I share Tiffany's story. You can EASILY get on social media and start a business without setting a strong legal foundation...and that is always going to be a mistake. You can just as easily take the time to learn the legal ropes and the result will be less headaches, more money, and confidence in what you have to offer. The End.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Leave a comment! Do you feel like you're doing everything you can to be legally protected? What pain points you are experiencing?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thelegalpaige #lawyer #attorney #businessmentoring #businessmentor #virtuallawfirm #virtuallawyer #legalhelp #hustle #lawyerforcreatives #lawyerforentrepreneurs #creatives #lawyering #entrepreneur #lawyerlife #law #thelaw #legal #helpingsmallbusiness #smallbusiness #branding #paigemariegriffithjd #success #entrepreneur #jd #jdlife #legaltips
ITS STORY TIME! (Legal woes edition).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I have a client name named Sarah who is a BOMB nutritionist. A little while ago she was transitioning from doing in-house nutrition work to pursuing her own wellness company in the online world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course, like all new biz owners, she was juggling SO many things. Developing services, creating a logo, building a social media presence...and hiring a website designer (in this case, we need to cue the horror music). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sarah found a web designer she loved and paid her in FULL to design a home on the web. She signed the contract, submitted her mood boards, and then waited...and waited...and waited. Six months later she still had no website (but did have a big pile of excuses from her designer and a sinking feeling in her stomach). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As she sifted through the contract she realized, I REALLY should have read this thoroughly. Because in the fine print? She had absolutely no rights- the contract was completely one sided and she was at risk of losing thousands upon thousands of dollars.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ That's where I came in and worked my BOOTY off to BACKTRACK for her (friends, you never want to be in a position where you are backtracking). Eventually Sarah got *some* money back but she still lost thousands of dollars and had to put off launching her entire company for almost a whole year.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ouch, right? And I bet you're thinking, So what's the moral here, Paige?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's this...READ THE CONTRACTS when you hire someone to help you with your business. Be PROACTIVE so you don't have to react to horrible situations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And actually, that goes for all legal things in your business. Be diligent about getting your backend in order BEFORE something comes crashing down. I promise, you'll thank yourself later. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thelegalpaige #lawyer #attorney #businessmentoring #businessmentor #virtuallawfirm #virtuallawyer #legalhelp #hustle #lawyerforcreatives #lawyerforentrepreneurs #creatives #lawyering #entrepreneur #lawyerlife #law #thelaw #legal #helpingsmallbusiness #
LISTEN UP. If we were together in person right now I'd have a BIG wooden charcuterie tray and a bottle (or two) of red wine at the ready. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We'd get all cozy on my couch with Sugar at our feet and start chatting about life, business, The Bachelor...you name it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After awhile, I'd start talking (okay, MAYBE ranting) about how so many business owners aren't doing things legally. I'd share the horror stories I've heard recently and how I've made it my mission to make the law easier for entrepreneurs like you. (Because yeah, I can totally be a little sassy sometimes but my heart really is about making sure my fellow creatives can pursue what they love without getting into trouble). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finally, I'd look you square in the eye and ask So what are you doing to protect your business? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What would you say? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If your heart started beating a little faster or your palms went sweaty- don't worry! I've got your back. Once you know better, you do better and we can get you headed in the right direction.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And hey, even though we might not be able to chat in person over crackers and fine cheese right now- COME to my weekly Wine Wednesday chat right here at 4pm MST. It's the next best thing! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thelegalpaige #lawyer #attorney #businessmentoring #businessmentor #virtuallawfirm #virtuallawyer #legalhelp #hustle #lawyerforcreatives #lawyerforentrepreneurs #creatives #lawyering #entrepreneur #lawyerlife #law #thelaw #legal #paigemariegriffithjd #success #entrepreneur #jd #jdlife #legaltip #wine #winewednesday #winewednesdays #winelover #winewinewine #winewithfriends
You deserve to be known. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You deserve to be loved. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You deserve to be whole. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The great @andymaurer_ started out the @impactweddingsummit yesterday evening with a kick ass presentation all about emotional wellness as an entrepreneur. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He took us through this exercise where we had to stare at ourselves on video on our phones and record us saying these things OUTLOUD to ourselves. It was beyond powerful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So many of us need to hear these things. You deserve to have others see you and all the hard work you put into your business. That ability to be known and heard is so vital to our innate needs as online entrepreneurs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You also deserve to be loved by not only your closest friends and family, but by your audience and virtual friends. Find those that lift you up, continue to nurture those relationships, and keep them close so you can lean on them when you need that extra love. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And finally, you deserve to be whole. Your business is NOT everything. You have so many other facets of your being that make you whole. Don’t forget about those. Get away from your screens and go out and enjoy the world. LIVE. Add in hobbies and workouts and coffee chats with old friends and travels and make yourself whole. At the end of the your life, the little things that really matter to you now as a business owner are not going to be the big life things that really matter 40 years from now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you need to hear these things, just tap here and listen to my recording during Andy’s session yesterday. It’s a little strange and vulnerable to post this, but if it reaches to anyone today who needed to hear it, it’s 100% worth it to me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What a way to kick off the Summit! I’m so freakin excited to see how today goes and I’ll let you know everything that’s going down over on IG stories.
And just like that, 2 months of travel free life has come to a close. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I loved being home with Marko, Sugar, and my family over the holidays and spent some good quality time hanging out in Montana. From the slow mornings around the house, to my favorite Nespresso coffee, to snuggles in the morning, afternoon, and evening with my sweet puppy, to binge watching some new Netflix shows, it was definitely the best ever. Not to mention… you can get SO MUCH work done when you’re at home in your own office. I swear, I cranked out some major work product over the past few weeks alone! (Can anyone relate here?!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But now, its time to jet off on my first work trip of 2020! I’m heading back to Orlando, FL for the @impactweddingsummit which is a new wedding conference for industry professionals to connect, create community, and, of course, hustle together! Its hosted by The Hons of Hustle & Flow… which means its for sure going to be over-the-top incredible. I’m really looking forward to connecting with some virtual friends and see the spirit of the HF community come to life. The Legal Paige his hosting a mix-and-mingle event (with wine, no doubt) so the networking is definitely going down. Oh, and its 85 degrees out in Orlando and I’m all about it. Bye bye Montana blustery winter weather! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here’s a quick photo reminder of what the HF fam is like. We ladies reconnected at the SSAA conference in November, and its really something when an online community can reach across so many states and industry genres. We immediately became friends and instantly clicked just because we were all HF members. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY people!!! Seriously, if you’re not in a really tight-knit community in 2020, you better invest and get into one. Like yesterday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Lets do this HF fam. Impact Wedding Summit, you better be ready.
Can we just talk about how adorable this drawing of The Legal Paige is from @alittlepapery ?!
Wine, anyone?!?! 🍷 🍷🍷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m back at it with LIVE Wine Wednesdays all year here at The Legal Paige! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Set your alarms for 4pm MST every Wednesday because I’m going Live on Instagram Stories to chat about legal stuff, life, business, and everything in between. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Cannot freakin WAIT to kick off the new year this afternoon! Grab a glass (or two, I’m not judging) and meet me here on my Insta stories, 4pm MST sharp. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *PS you can always come join my live is you’re ever interested! I’ll be on the lookout for people who have questions each Wednesday and you might get lucky and be able to ask your question live! 😘