Creative Counsel with Brittany Ratelle

Creative Counsel with Brittany Ratelle

This podcast helps creative entrepreneurs and influencers confidently grow and scale their modern brands -- navigating the business side of content creation, influencer marketing, social media, e-commerce, online courses, in-person events, and digital products. Host Brittany Ratelle, an attorney for creatives, gives you legal resources and behind-the-scene business tricks for your busy life -- minus the leather-bound books and billable rate. Get the information and inspiration you need to move your business forward by tuning in to weekly interviews, action items, and legal tips to help you confidently OWN your business. If you are a maker, artist, speaker, coach, content creator, e-commerce owner, influencer, educator, or creativepreneur -- don’t miss this amazing resource to help you get legally legit and moving forward one step at a time.

Episodes

November 15, 2017 13 min

Welcome to the first episode of Law and Wit: Creative Counsel for Entrepreneurs, with Brittany Ratelle. This podcast helps creative entrepreneurs and influencers confidently grow and scale their modern brands -- navigating the business side of content creation, influencer marketing, social media, e-commerce, and digital products.

Brittany, a legal bestie for female entrepreneurs shares legal strategy in a fun and bite-size way so t...

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Natasha McLean of Canary Jane, an illustrator, coloring book author, blogger and social media consultant shares her creative origin story and how to cultivate confidence and creativity for your business. She shares her three business laws that have helped her develop her successful personal brand and the tips to master any social media in this changing marketplace.

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Learn the smart way to grow your team with Ashley Cox of SpourtHr, a HR specialist helping creatives get the help they need to grow their businesses. She dishes on why you shouldn’t hire your best friend’s VA, and why advertising for “must love sprinkles” makes her little HR heart ache.
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November 25, 2017 30 min

Get the dish on 5 legal docs you MUST have on your website. Don't rely on your web developer to CYA --- find out what you need to do to protect your digital home or storefront. This episode dives into privacy policies, terms of use, copyright statements, ADA, and Federal Trade Commission disclosures. 

In this episode, you'll learn: 

  • the 5 legal docs you NEED to have on your website (see a similar post on this here)
  • where th...
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    Boom -- there it is. NEGOTIATION. Whether you love it or hate it or have had your fill because of bedtime book lists that can rival a college syllabus...you can't deny it's a critical skill to have in your entrepreneur toolbox. I dive deep with Paul Leonard, a media broker who wheeled and dealed in more than $7 billion dollars worth of media transactions during the 1990s. He then retired at 39 and has spent the last decade ...

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    December 8, 2017 17 min

    Do I need an LLC?

    This week's episode dives into all things LLC (yeah you know me!) and explains why you need some more sand buckets in your life and your business. You will learn:

  • What is an LLC --  (e.g. too much time has passed and you can't ask someone about for fear you will get all kinds of judg-y eyes)
  • Where should I set one up? hint hint...Google University is NOT a law school...e.g. "I heard Nevada you don't...
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    Episode 7:

    Join me in this SPECIAL interview episode of Law & Wit, with the branding boss babe herself -- Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show. Get down with Alison -- the girl who gave herself her own "show" and turned it into a highly engaging (and profitable) personal brand. Alison started as a blogger, creative, maker, and hostess extraordinaire -- throwing female-only dance parties for hundreds of women that sold o...

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    Tune in for 6 things you can do to elevate your business this year! Whether you are an influencer, digital business owner, graphic designer, photographer, or run a product business with heavy online presence (and frankly who doesn't in 2018??) -- you'll find some nuggets here to be all that you can be -- in 2018.

    I'll be diving into registering your business as an LLC, what kind of contracts you might need, running your...

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    I know that seems like a bit of SEO stuffing in that title but WOW -- this is a fabulous episode.

    Noelle, who I happened to know before she shot up the creative corporate ladder, does a big reveal on what it is like to manage a global luxury brand -- actually 5 different brands -- and what the strategy room likes, beautiful cityscapes and all.

    You will learn about:

  • the 2 things that make a GOOD brand 
  • some examples of who is not get...
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    January 26, 2018 24 min

    This Intellectual Property 101 tutorial will walk you through the basics in copyrights vs. trademarks and how they most commonly used to protect your original content. Lock these two different tools down so you can go your own IP audit of where you may be leaving some of your original assets on the table. You will learn: 

     

  • what is a copyright?
  • does the (c) symbol mean anything?
  • how do you register a copyright and does it make a diff...
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    Mad about copy-cats, rip-offs, and digital thieves? Get some clarity and a step-by-step action guide for handling creative theft.

    Full show notes available here (including a FREE handout) on brittanyratelle.com/11 

    In this episode, you will learn about: 

  • what is "copying" and what is just "inspired by"
  • how to shift your mindset so that copying affects you LESS
  • the 6-step plan to addressing copyright infringement
  • why fl...
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    In this episode, Miranda, a maker, adventurer, creative mama, and the blogger behind Live Free Creative Company shares her tips on creating space for creativity and ultimately living a more creative and intentional lifestyle. Miranda explains how a nurse educator became a maker -- then a blogger - and then a content creator for herself and other successful brands. She talks about the giant mindset shifts she had had in embracing “f...

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    Want to know how what a kill fee is? Or how you protect your right to display creative work in your portfolio? This episodes explains the ten most important contract terms that you can't afford NOT to know, no matter what you do as a creative small business owner or indie entrepreneur. Trade those shrugs and nervous signatures for some confidence and listen up to this latest episode of Law and Wit: Creative Counsel for Entrepre...

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    Learn how to make your podcast legally legit with this digestible info session on trademarks and branding, copyright, using music, having guests, and working with co-hosts. 

    Don't feel overwhelmed as a podcaster or worse -- delay starting or growing your podcast because YOU don't have the tips and tricks to confidently move your business forward. 

    In this episode, you'll learn: 

  • how copyrights work with podcasts
  • if you c...
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    How does the GDPR apply to an US-based business operating online? Find out in this no-nonsense 5-step guide to getting your online activities compliant before the May 25th deadline.

    Learn why the GDPR matters to you, even if you are a US-based business and how to avoid paying some of the hefty fines involved with breaching new data and privacy regulations. 

    In this episode, you will learn: 

  • how to obtain consent from new email subs...
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    You get TWO awesome attorneys dishing on how legal can help your brand stay on-brand and afloat during the highs and lows of modern business. Learn about how intellectual property, good contracts, and good business "marriages" can keep your creative biz safe.

    You will learn: 

  • Where to start and get yourself organized.
  • What is the MOST important thing you should be doing with your contracts (hint -- it is not making paper flo...
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    Whether you are an influencer/content creator or brand, dig into the 6 terms you must have spelled-out in a good sponsored content contract for an influencer marketing campaign.  

    You will learn:

  • What homework you need to do before you get into influencer marketing
  • Payment/compensation language you want
  • What is a "kill switch" and why you want one
  • How a business DTR (define-the-relationship) can help out with exclusivity negot...
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    3 Tips to Find your Authentic Voice with Rosemary Card of Q.Noor

    Get inspired by runway model-turned-retail CEO Rosemary Card who has successfully launched her own clothing store that empowers and enlightens women. Rosemary shares her story of moving to NYC to model in high fashion at age 16 and her journey of self-discovery and grit in launching her own retail brand of LDS temple dresses without any capital, fashion degree or e-co...

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    Get the 6-step plan to legalize your indie e-commerce site or Etsy shop so you can run your online product business with confidence and avoid the most common legal mistakes of small business e-retailers.

    You will learn:

  • If you should Incorporate or register your business (refers to L&W episode 6)
  • How to do a basic clearance of your business name (L&W episode 10 -- more info coming on trademarks!)
  • What legal statements/informa...
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    Buckle in for an amazing chat with birth mom advocate and serial entrepreneur Ashley Mitchell of Lifetime Healing and Big Tough Girl! Ashley set out to increase care, understanding, and resources for birth mothers and has walked the WALK. For almost a decade, she has been one of the most consistent and sought after birth mother voices in the nation. Well known for her vulnerability and transparency in adoption, her story has touche...

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