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6 Legal Must Haves for Going Virtual

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Need to know how to start an online business legally? With everything going on in the world, you might be scrambling to get your business up and running online. But you want to make sure it’s legally legit, right? Watch my free training below to learn the 6 legal must haves for going virtual and you’ll know exactly how to start an online business legally.

6 Legal Must Haves for Going Virtual

First thing’s first: how are you doing, friend?

I don’t know about you, but I needed most of last week to process what’s happening.

Everything online felt so… loud. So many lives, posts, and tips about how to make the most of this “opportunity”.

But I had so many other things on my mind:

the healthcare workers on the frontlines, the support and janitorial staff keeping things running, grocery & food service workers, people out of work or without food, friends’ cancelled weddings, and small businesses in need of support.

I’m not going to pretend like I built my business to survive a pandemic — but I did go through some stuff in the past 3 years that pushed me to create an online-only, flexible business.

You can build an incredible online business and give yourself time, flexibility and tons of fulfillment–

But life’s still going to throw you curveballs.

Pre-corona, I navigated 2 huge ones thrown my way:

Curveball #1: unexpected brain surgery

Just 4 weeks after I started selling DIY Legal Templates over 3 years ago, I found out I had to have unexpected brain surgery.

I didn’t have a thing prepared — no funnel, blog or Instagram posts. Nada.

I’d made $2k in sales those first 4 weeks and didn’t have anything in reserves.

Ryan tells me that when I woke up from the surgery a few days later, I begged him for my phone so I could write a blog post (I can only imagine how good that post would’ve been!) ?

For a year after my surgery, I worked hard to get back on my feet (literally), write evergreen content, start speaking on podcasts and stages and sell 1,000s of legal templates to online entrepreneurs.

Curveball #2: a serious family illness

But I hit another huge roadblock last year when, just as I was getting into the groove, my Dad was diagnosed with end-stage leukemia.

I had a few more things in place and cash in reserves. But I wasn’t prepared for what would come after his diagnosis.

My heart and mind were split between “doing” mode (get him health insurance, the meds he needs, take him to chemo, etc.) and being really sad.

I needed time to process what was happening and how sad I was. Being on Instagram was the last thing I thought about or had energy for.

My business still did great for the first month or two after he got sick — and then all my quietness caught up with me.

Sales nearly stopped — and so did my heart.

Was I going to lose everything I’d built? What was I going to do?

I worried that my business was over and that all my hard work went down the toilet.

But I dug deep, got laser focused with my business (2 core offers, consistent messaging, showing up on 2 social platforms everyday, etc.) and things shifted in a big, big way.

As my Mom says, “out of bad comes good.”

(please don’t get me wrong: there are a lot of people right now for whom this isn’t true. That’s not lost on me, trust me.)

Those totally unexpected curveballs were painful — but they both led to new ideas, more streamlined processes and yes, more sales (unintentionally TBH).

I hope that out of this awful experience, there’s some silver lining for you. You might not be able to see it now, or even think of what it could be, but be patient: it’s marinating.

Maybe it’s new experiences, spending more time with your family, reassessing how you spend your time when you’re not in social isolation, learning a new hobby or taking time just to “be.”

Or maybe it’s finally starting that online business that’s been on the back burner, or taking some of your services or products virtual.

In my new IGTV episode, I’m sharing 6 legal must haves for going virtual with your business.

I’m breaking down what you need to know about:

  1. how your scope of practice changes when working with clients online
  2. how to legally protect your website
  3. client contracts + checkout contracts for online services / products
  4. business insurance for virtual services
  5. what type of business entity an online business should have
  6. how to get those online payments to your bank account

Ready to learn what 6 legal must haves you need to go virtual in your business? Tap below to watch now:

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Once you watch, comment below and let me know if you have any questions.

To watch my free on-demand legal workshop (‘The First 5 Steps to Legally Protect & Grow Your Online Business’) I mention in the video, tap here to pick a time that works for you. You can watch it now or pick a time later.

I’m here to support you as you legally protect and grow your online business — always.

PS. My new IGTV video teaches you the 6 legal must haves for any virtual business to be legally legit. You can watch it here.

PPS. I help online service-based businesses legally protect, grow & scale their businesses through my DIY Legal Templates (a la carte contracts and website policies) and my Ultimate Bundle program, which gives you 10 DIY Legal Templates and 23+ video trainings on how to get paid, form your business, get business insurance, and protect your content online.

Next Step: Watch my free legal workshop

If you’re ready to legally protect your business and have the legal knowledge you need to know what to do with difficult clients, watch my free workshop ‘5 Steps to Legally Protect & Grow Your Online Business’ right now by saving your seat here.

In that workshop, you’ll learn: 

  1. How contracts can actually save your (vegan, GF) bacon — if you have the right one.
  2. What your website needs to be legally protected.
  3. How to keep copycats off your content.
  4. The mindset shift you’ve got to make if you want to actually grow your  business without looking over your (online) shoulder.
  5. The only way to form your business so that you’re personally and professionally protected.

Ready to watch? Sign up for my free legal workshop right here:

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  1. Do you have a HIPPA consent form? I have one but it seems really long… longer than what I fill out at my MDs office.
    Also, how about a Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Policy for patients to sign prior to a session?

    I listened to you on a webinar with Stephanie Clairmont, MHSc, RD from The Leveraged Practice and plan to refresh my memory, listen again and hopefully purchase templates from you.

    1. Hey Angela! Thanks so much for stopping by. Such a great question! Are you located in the US? feel free to send me an email (you can click on “Contact” at the top of the page!) so we can chat more about this. Talk soon! xo, Sam

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