If you’re totally covered, congrats! ?
But if you either don’t know what you need, or you’ve put some policies together yourself and don’t feel confident about it, don’t fret.
This is a 100% judgment free zone ; )
As I always say, once you know better, you can do better. And that’s all that matters here. You’ve taken Step #1: you’re here to learn more about building a legally legit business and having a legally protected website.
I know what you might be thinking….
That you don’t need website policies right now. You don’t have the time. You’re not even sure anyone looks at them.
Maybe you can skirt by not being legally legit a little longer.
But hear me out. I’m here to make sure you get what you need to have a legally protected website while protecting yourself and your business.
You’re in this for the long haul. So treat it like it ; )
Here’s what you might be thinking right now:
—> I don’t have time to fill out legal docs. It probably takes forever! Actually, my legal templates take less than 15 mins to fill out. They take a lot less time than you spending hours Googling, copying, pasting, and tossing & turning at night ; )
—> These templates probably take a lot of work on my part. Nope! They’re “fill-in-the-blank” and the “blanks” you’re filling in are your name, business, website URL, etc. I’ve done all the boring legal writing for you ; )
—> I don’t need website policies because no one will even read them. The point isn’t whether or not someone actually reads your policies on your site. It’s whether you had legit, professionally-written website policies available to them that were clear to read and true.
The truth? You’re legally required to have most, if not all, of this language if you want to:
- Not break the law; or
- Be in a position to defend yourself (aka. get paid, protect your content) if something goes wrong.
If you don’t have this language in place on your website, you’re risking the opportunity to get someone to ‘agree’ to something by visiting your website.
And that can make you vulnerable down the line when you want to reject someone’s refund request, go after their theft of your words/writings and more.
So let’s review what the 3 major website policies are and how they work to protect your business.
The 3 major website policies are:
- Terms & Conditions
- Website Disclaimer
Terms & Conditions is a policy where you lay down the law ; ) It’s your chance to spell out your refund/return policy, protect your content, and address your payment policies. You’ll need Terms & Conditions on your site no matter what. But if you ever want to sell anything from your site (i.e., digital download, products, etc.) — this is an absolute must.
A website disclaimer is NOT a health disclaimer. This is a common misconception, for sure. Yes, the language “….check with your doctor before…” is definitely a part of any good website disclaimer.
But whether you’re a business coach, wellness pro, or creative, your website disclaimer is the place where you explain who you are, what you do, and what you don’t do. That way, it’s up to your visitors (and eventual clients) to choose (at their own risk) to work with you and implement your advice.
If you have a website disclaimer on your website that’s 1, 2, or even 3 paragraphs, it’s severely lacking.
A lot of people write me and say, “oh yeah, I have a disclaimer already!” But when I peak at their site, they don’t have anything close to what they need.
I know it’s tempting to copy and paste and try to put these website policies together yourself.
But unless you have a legal background or degree, you seriously run the risk of putting something together that’s anemic, at best.
Most DIY policies I see people put together themselves are lacking, disorganized, and tough to read. And if a policy is disorganized and tough to read (and you can tell it’s a garbled mess), you run the risk of those policies not actually holding up in court.
I’ve created an easier solution for you. My Total Website Solution is a discounted package that gives you all 3 major website policies you need in 1 shot.
You’ll watch along with the How-To Video Tutorial that comes with each of my DIY legal templates and fill in each policy in 15 mins or less.
So what are you waiting for? Grab the Total Website Solution now and in less than an hour you’ll have a legally protected website!
Any questions? Message me and ask! I’ll check my inbox and get back to you ASAP.