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Ready to get your legal ducks in a row? The Legal Road Map® blog & podcast is a must for the ambitious online business owner with a rocket strapped to their back. Stop scrolling for legal advice in Google and instead confidently scale your business to the next level with the right legal protections at the right time.

Hosted by Autumn Witt Boyd, an experienced lawyer who helps ambitious and creative business owners reach their big goals. Together with her team, Autumn guides coaches, memberships, course creators + educators, agencies + experts as they grow. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues, and her firm offers full-service legal support to creative businesses.

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Signature offers, growing a team, landing big clients, proprietary methods, taking care of legal, and more. This interview with Kathleen Shannon and Tara Street of Braid Creative will give you a behind-the-scenes peek into growing a successful graphic design and branding agency, and how a contract helped them feel confident enough to stick to their guns to work with Brené Brown.

For many business owners, arriving at the point of needing to hire someone because you have more work than you can handle is an absolute dream come true. 

But loose hiring practices can lead you to make some extremely costly mistakes -- like hiring an independent contractor who really should be classified as an employee, or not using a contract to make sure you and your worker are on the same page.

  1. Insights for employers and business owners about paid leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
  2. What's coming in the new relief bill that's in progress right now
  3. SBA disaster loans - who should apply, how much can you borrow, how to fill out the application correctly, and more.

Topics covered:

  • What is force majeure?
  • Will insurance cover this?
  • How should I communicate with my clients?
  • How should I communicate with contractors/vendors?
  • How should I communicate with my team?

If you’ve reached Scale Phase, your business has “made it”. You’re making six to seven figures and might even have your sights set on eight. Your team has grown to include mostly employees with a few independent contractors, but they’ve all grown to be dependent on your business’s success for their own.

More money, more problems indeed, which is why you’ll want to listen to this episode to see what legal pitfalls you need to keep an eye out for and how you can prevent them.

If you’re in the Success Phase of business - your business is stable, you’re making consistent revenue you and others depend on (from $50,000 to low six-figures) and you’ve built a team  - this episode is for you.

Learn some expensive mistakes you could be making in your business, whether you’re a done-for-you service provider, a coach, or a course creator. 

Tara (Gentile) McMullin, author and the founder of the What Works Network, formerly CoCommercial, joins us this week to share how she pivoted her business model to help turn small business owners into tomorrow's economic powerhouses.
Providing employee benefits is a great way to retain talented employees for the long-haul, but as an employer what is your responsibility and what rules and regulations do you have to follow?
Having virtual team members classified as employees can carry complex legal considerations. This week I’m joined by our resident labor and employment whiz Michelle Coakley to talk about what you need to know to make sure your business is protected legally when it comes to having employees on your virtual team.
Having a virtual team is a great way to grow your business, but how do you make sure you are properly classifying your team members? In this episode, I’ll explain what you need to know about building and managing a virtual team.
We’re talking all about hiring team members this week with our own Michelle Coakley! Join us as we discuss important employment law tips you need to know if you’re looking to add employees or contractors to your team.
Tara Gentile, author and the founder of CoCommercial, joins us this week to share how she pivoted her business model to help turn small business owners into tomorrow’s economic powerhouses.

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