Online or offline, you probably have legal problems that you aren’t even aware of.
Your simple customer agreement, handshake deal with subcontractors or lack of terms and conditions for your website may be (majorly) exposing you to (major) liability.
By anyone who visits
your website — a real
and more than you
the proper records.
stiffed by a
Because they only paid the
Being in a legally
without even knowing it.
And ending up owing
(a lot) of money,
property ripped off,
and being put straight
out of business.
Actually, let’s not think about it.
Let’s get to the point.
Trying to figure out exactly what your business’ legal needs are on your own is scary. (And, let’s face it–sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know.) Hiring an attorney is also really expensive. These two facts are the reason why many online entrepreneurs ignore their business’ legal needs altogether (Cue: Jaws theme song).
But at the same time, you don’t want to spend your time learning how to be a lawyer. You just want to get the information you need, to take care of the legal stuff correctly and quickly, so you can get back to doing the work you love.
For anyone starting a business.
Selling something online.
Selling something offline.
Running a website.
Hiring web designers / copywriters / VAs / interns / contractors.
Collaborating with others.
And selling anything to anybody.
(Even if it’s only an innocent little PDF and your mom is the only customer.)
You Need to Get your legal ducks in a row.
(And then stop using that metaphor indefinitely.)
There are far too many liabilities you probably haven’t even thought of yet. (Don’t worry–you aren’t alone.) And we’re tired of seeing small business owners getting their asses kicked. (And if it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will.)
Do you allow readers to comment on your blog? Or sign up for a newsletter? Or how about that innocent little survey you sent out?
Paying taxes? Of course you are. You wouldn’t not pay your taxes, right? (And if you aren’t paying taxes, then you may need Bodyguard more than you thought.)
Have you put all of your blood, sweat and tears into creating that program, e-course, e-Book, manifesto, or something else?
Naming your business? Or a new product? Or a new service?
Selling coaching or consulting?
Teaming up with your online pal to co-run something–even if it’s just a webinar?
Have a VA?
Make no mistake, we ARE telling you this to scare you. We want you to reach your goals. We want you to make ooogobs of money. (Ooogobs is a word.) We want your business to have a major impact on the world. But we also want you to cover your ass now, so you can moon your competitors later.
Because in business, there’s no room for naïveté.
But maybe you’re thinking, Eh, I’m not that big yet.
Maybe you think no one’s going to notice or care about your tiny little business.
Maybe you think all this legal stuff is just for the big dogs. The ones with fancy websites and assistants and logos and impressive profits.
Maybe you’re thinking (and hoping and praying) that you can get by on a friendly, written agreement via email. Or worse, a verbal one.
Maybe the idea of figuring all this stuff out is nauseating and intimidating (and it is when you’re doing it on your own, which is precisely why we created this–because it doesn’t have to be)
Maybe you’re confused about what you really do need–and what you don’t (we spell it out–no matter who you are)
Or maybe you think you’re above the law, you outlaw, you.
Inside you’ll find:
What it would cost to have a lawyer do all of this privately:
• Easy-to-understand (and implement), step-by-step instructions on exactly what things you need to do to get legal–and exactly in which order–from business
formations (Sole proprietorship? LLC? S-Corp?), to drafting your own bulletproof contracts (you know, so you always get paid), to all the things you need on your website to make you less vulnerable to the thousands of crazies on the internet (like privacy policies, terms and conditions and disclaimers–including plug ‘n play versions of each), all the way down to protecting your intellectual property the easy way, and, most importantly, getting your records in order so you pay less taxes (thousands less), aren’t held liable for things you shouldn’t be, and, all in all, stay on the right side of the law so everybody goes home happy (and you feel like a mature, responsible business owner who’s doing this the right way)
• Legitimate, lawyer-drafted (and peer reviewed) sample agreements for clients, subcontractors (like VA’s, assistants, web designers, SEO writers and anyone who interacts with your business), and client agreements that you can edit for business
• Instructions on exactly how to edit each contract and use them in your biz, based on your particular situation–the smart way (Ordering contracts off of a
canned service like Legal Zoom can cause you more legal trouble than prevent it–in Small Business Bodyguard, we’ll explain why, and we’ll also show you the right way to do things for YOU. Because you aren’t just any old business–and not just any old contract will do.)
• Contract cheat sheets that demystify all the legal jargon so you actually know what you’re agreeing to–and what you’re asking others to agree to (and why it matters for you and your own safety)
• Plug ‘n play disclaimers & policies–both the serious and the cheeky TMFified versions – so you just paste and go
• Easy to follow checklists – because nobody likes sorting back through information to find that one part that explained that one thing. (That you’ll inevitably never be able to find since no one can ever find those types of things.)
• Compare and contrast worksheets to make your decision making process even easier (and right for your circumstances)
• Templates and worksheets for everything – from record keeping to intellectual property management.
the best part?
It’s written & outlined in an
easy-to-understand style unlike any legal resource in existence. It’s palatable.
And digestible. And understandable. And even enjoyable. Because nobody likes to read a bunch of boring legal jargon. Or legal jargon that nobody understands. Or legal jargon at all. So we went ahead and did without it–and, instead, just gave you the facts you need to know, and the steps you need to take, in a way that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and make you feel good about your choice to be a responsible business owner, who has it together, and who isn’t going to half-ass things–because you know better.
And did we mention it’s designed beautifully?
Because, you know, aesthetics matter, and this isn’t just a simple collection of PDFs; it’s your official small business legal reference guide, for online and offline business, designed to save you big headaches–and a lot of money, time and frustration down the road.
If you’re in business to win, you have to play many games successfully, one of which is the legal game of business. If you’re in business, you’re already playing the legal game – the question, then, is how well you’re playing it. Small Business Bodyguard is THE essential resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners. I know of no other resource that so thoroughly tells you what you need to know, why you need to know it, and what to do about it (and I’ve read lots of legal books written for small business owners and entrepreneurs.) Much of what Rachel and Ash say applies to all business, but these two get online business – which means they get you. These templates, checklists, and worksheets by themselves are worth the cost. Had I used just two of them I would’ve saved between $11,000 and $13,000 in the past three years. It’s not a matter of if you’ll need them, it’s a matter of when.
— Charlie Gilkey, Writer, Speaker, Business Advisor & CEO of Productive Flourishing
“There’s a lot we do in business that we do on faith, and most of the time, that works out just fine. But sometimes, there are challenges and legal issues that we don’t even know exist and that can bite us pretty badly.
It turns out our lawyer, Rachel Rodgers, created this project with Ash Ambirge of the House of Moxie (and also The Middle Finger Project), as a way to help with the challenges you know you have as well as the ones you don’t.
I’ve gotta tell you: legal stuff puts me to sleep, bores me, and scares me in equal parts. But what I like about the Small Business Bodyguard project is that it’s written in a fun and engaging way. Oh, and it’s absolutely for Owners!”
— CHRIS BROGAN, NY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF 6 BOOKS, INCLUDING THE IMPACT EQUATION & TRUST AGENTS
Looks like I’m going to save myself something like 20k in tax savings this year alone from learning about s-corps and switching my LLC to filing as an S-corp. All because of SBB. Not to mention all the awesome contracts and other resources you’ve provided here. Great value!
— JAMIE THOMA SWANSON
The Small Business Bodyguard is an absolute masterpiece for new entrepreneurs that is jam-packed full of actionable advice and resources. Ashley and Rachel deliver a graduate-level course on how to build a strong foundation for your business in a fun and accessible manner. If you want to set your business up for success, this guide is mandatory reading.
— KYLE DURAND, CEO OF OURDEAL.COM
If you’re starting a business,
running a business, or selling
anything online—or off—Small
Business Bodyguard won’t just
cover your ass. It’ll save it.
Total Value if you had a lawyer
do all of this privately: $5,150
who are we?
Rachel Rodgers is the business lawyer for young entrepreneurs. Rachel has been profiled in Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and on MSNBC, and her practice, Rachel Rodgers Law Office, has been featured in Forbes, Time Magazine, and various other publications.
Ash Ambirge is the CEO of House of Moxie, Inc., a creative marketing agency, and The Middle Finger Project Blog, an online hub for people who want to do business and life DIFFERENTLY.