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Best Practices for Social Media Use in Business

In Business 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Arguably, individuals can use social media, interact with brands, celebrities and friends (or enemies) in any manner they wish, and their actions will be protected by the First Amendment. Businesses that utilize social media as part of their branding and marketing, do not have that same luxury. Because businesses are, well in the business of making money by selling, they …

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Boilerplate Contract Clauses and What They Mean

In Blog, Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

You may or may not have heard the term boilerplate before. It’s just another fancy word used by attorneys to describe the standardized language used in contracts. And although not all contracts contain the same boilerplate language, many do and I think it will be helpful for you to know what the heck some of those things mean. If you …

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How to Properly Sign a Contract for your Business:

In Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

A few articles back I discussed the importance of not being a sole proprietor and why forming a business entity with your state is so important. You can check that out here in case you missed it. So hopefully after you read that, and any other warning I’ve given, you know that having a business entity is extremely important. With …

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What Does That (copyrighted) Image Mean to You?

In Copyrights 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Last week I discussed defamation, one of the multiple issues that might affect a social media influencer and their growing business. This week we are turning to a more commonly discussed issue and one that I have discussed at length here on the blog copyrights. I am not going to discuss what a copyright is, how you protect it, or …

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You May Want to Rethink that Review

In Business 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Turning social influence into a money-making brand requires knowledge of running a business. That knowledge needs to include at least some understanding of the law and how it applies to your social influence. Remember, the law does not care how many followers you have. So let’s turn our attention to one area that I think gets overlooked on social media …

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Protecting Your Membership Site

In Business 101, Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

I am currently working with a wonderful group of people to get their membership site up and running and of course, legally protected. Membership sites are becoming more and more popular amongst the online entrepreneurial crowd particularly influencers who have a large following and are looking for ways to monetize what they’re putting out. A membership site allows you to …

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What the FTC has to say about your Coaching Business

In Online Business Necessities by Shannon Montgomery

Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a complaint against a well-known company for misrepresentations regarding its online business coaching program. The company overstated (to put it politely) the potential earnings one could make if they were to purchase a business coaching membership with the company. The case has since settled (for an insane amount you’ll find out …

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How to Make Your Passion and Career Collide

In Blog by Shannon Montgomery

This week I wanted to share with you all an interview I did with the guys over at The Lawyerist! I’ve been an avid Lawyerist listener for years, so when they asked if I’d like to be a guest on the show I jumped at the chance. The discussion goes into a little bit about what I do here at …

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Contracts Edition

In Contracts 101 by Shannon Montgomery

Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of reviewing and negotiating, some very one-sided contracts. Businesses of all sizes are continually utilizing extremely unfair contracts. Some of these are short and to the point, but they still leave my client completely unprotected in the situation. Often times if you’re an individual or a smaller business contracting with …

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Do these 8 things before launching your app!

In Creative Entrepreneurs by Shannon Montgomery

Silicon Valley, tech startups, mobile apps, and scientific advances that are often too good to be true (looking at you today Theranos). Technology has never really been my thing, but helping young entrepreneurs is and if the people want to build apps well then, I want to help them do that. Today’s article is inspired by a recent client consultation …