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Legal Road Map® podcast is a must-listen for any online business owner. Through solo episodes and interviews with some of the biggest names in online business, Legal Road Map® is perfect for business owners who are ready to step away from relying on Google for legal advice and move toward sound legal protection and strategy to grow their business to the next level.

Hosted by Autumn Witt Boyd, an experienced lawyer who helps ambitious and creative business owners reach their big goals. Together with her team at The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd PLLC, Autumn guides online and e-commerce businesses as they grow. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues, and her firm offers full-service legal support to creative businesses.

As host of the Legal Road Map® podcast, she teaches business owners how to protect their rights and stay out of legal hot water.

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To an outsider, interior design or decorating can seem like a fun and easy gig. You pick paint colors, recommend a few pieces of furniture, top your vision off with a few accessories. Done! But actually, interior design and decorator contracts are some of the more complex contracts we work on at the AWB Firm, with moving parts like who’s responsible for install, will you pass along your designer discount to your client, if you hire a photographer can your client use the pictures, and many more questions.
The words you write help business owners sell their products or services like hotcakes. Word of mouth is starting to do its thing and you’ve got a waitlist of people dying to have you write copy for their emails, sales page, or website.

Ecommerce is booming, with more brick-and-mortar stores taking their products online. 

And while there are tons of online store platforms that make the transition to online selling easier than ever, there are many pitfalls to not setting up your ecommerce store legally that you might never see coming.

You obviously have your logo design skills nailed down (hello, graphic designer!) and word of mouth about your gorgeous branding packages is starting to spread. You’re ready to make things business-official. But what about legal for your new graphic design or branding business?

The only thing worse than not protecting your business at all is putting legal protections in place -- but not following through so that they’re actually effective.

You probably know by now that I think contracts are the simplest, best way to protect your online business. But if you don’t get them signed, they won’t do you any good if you run into an issue.

As much as we don’t want to think about things going wrong in our business, calculating risk is part of being a responsible business owner.

So how can you set up your business when you’re just getting started to make sure your personal home, car, bank accounts, and other assets are protected if something happens later? What role does insurance play in managing risk and do you even need to form a corporate entity at all?

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.

If you applied for a PPP loan, you need to know about the "Flex Act" that was signed into law on June 5, 2020. Watch to learn about changes in rules about when you need to spend your PPP loan, rehiring rules, and more.

Have you been "inspired" by someone else's work, and tried to turn it into your own? Seen a catchy business or product name and thought it would work for you too? Or maybe you "borrowed" someone else's content (without asking permission)?
NEW RULES FROM SBA - hot off the press Friday, May 15 - about how to spend your PPP money. Watch to learn what's changed and how WHEN you pay payroll and other expenses makes a big difference. Recorded 5/18/20, information is changing rapidly.

Thinking about moving your business online? Watch PART 2 in this series to learn what you need to know to run an online business the right way, right from the start. What legal protections you MUST have in place before you "go live", contracts with your customers or students, online and email marketing legal rules, and more.

See part 1 of this series here.

How can you be sure your PPP loan is forgiven, so you don't have to pay it back? Watch to learn HOW you should spend your $$$ and WHAT paperwork you need to collect to be sure you aren't stuck paying back your PPP loan. Recorded 5/13/20, information is changing rapidly.