Today I’m talking with lawyer Autumn Witt Boyd all about creating contracts that protect you and your clients. Autumn and I had worked together on a contract for my own business and so I was excited to bring her on to talk about her process and some tips for creating contracts that protect you and your business while still making sure that your clients get the best deal possible. The goal of your contract is that you can both be confident that you would be protected if something were to happen and how that makes it so much easier to work while knowing you have a contract to back you up.
Autumn Witt Boyd is an experienced lawyer who helps high-achieving and ambitious business owners reach their big goals, faster and smarter. Autumn guides creative entrepreneurs with big dreams as they grow from one-person-shows to bigger deals and collaborations. She has special expertise in copyright and trademark issues.
Autumn also hosts the Legal Road Map podcast, which teaches business owners how to protect their rights and stay out of legal hot water. She lives in Chattanooga, TN with her husband Dave, twin boys Sam and Tyson, and daughter Vivian.
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Why a contract is the most important legal protection for your business
Why your contract should protect both you and your client
Your first contract should be a client agreement
How you can create a basic contract yourself starting out and why you should
The most important things to have in your contract with a client
Why your contracts should be strict upfront to allow you room to make decisions based on circumstances in the future
What to do if someone wants you to sign their contract
How to create a contract that protects you and your client
Use your previous experience to create a contract that serves your business based on the issues you’ve had in the past
How to communicate the benefits of a contract to your clients
Why a contract gives you freedom to do your best work
Other contracts you may need in your business
The steps to take if you need to enforce a contract