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Blog and Be Legal (Premium!)

The start to finish guide to starting your blog & online biz legally - with all the extra goodies!

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You're a freelancer / biz owner and you don't have TIME to worry about the legal side. You know there's a ton you need to worry about but you've been too busy building up your business to research it all.

But you know that in order to be taken seriously and have a successful career, you need to learn the legal side and you need to do it now. If you need more than what the Blog and Be Legal standard option can offer you, the Premium! version is just what you need. We've got more templates that you need TODAY, plus direct access to a lawyer (me!) for your legal questions.

You want more hands on help and you're getting it with Blog and Be Legal Premium!

Blog and Be Legal Premium! is only open for enrollment a few times a year, due to the one-on-one nature of this program. Enrollment is currently CLOSED and will reopen later in 2017.

Until then -- check out the standard version of Blog and Be Legal - you get all the same lessons but less bonuses and no one-on-one contact. But you can always upgrade later to Premium if you need that extra legal help!


 

Everything you need as a freelancer - the legal statements, contracts & templates - PLUS hands on help from a lawyer!

You're working with amazing clients and building your freelance business and portfolio. You might have some legal safeguards in place but you know you aren't 100% covered. Maybe you have the taxes down, but you haven't created an LLC yet. Or you have your client contracts in place, but don't use contracts when collaborating on webinars. Or you have no idea if your work is copyright protected.

I created Blog and Be Legal to help bloggers and small business owners be sure that their biz is protected. But what if you don't just have a blogging biz, but you also do client work or are a consultant/freelancer?

That's exactly why I created Blog and Be Legal Premium! You get all the legal basics from the standard course, PLUS some extra goodies that are necessary for freelancers.

Just like with running your blog legally as a business, you have even more concerns as a freelancer. But no matter what, your main concerns are:

  1. I don't want to be sued.
  2. I don't want to have to sue other people (and what do I do if I do need to sue someone).

No one wants to be in a dicey legal situation ever. (Though I'm a lawyer and have lots of great lawyer friends, you want to avoid hiring us if at all possible!) That's why I created the family of Blog and Be Legal courses. I've blogged and lawyered for years and I want you to be as educated as possible, so your blog and business are protected.

The law is vast but it doesn't need to be overwhelming and scary. This course will take you through what you need to know, start to finish, such as:

  • How to legally set up your blog/business,
  • What legal language you need on your site in order to keep it protected,
  • How to protect your original content,
  • The rules for working with brands and sponsored posts,
  • How to track your money and save on your taxes,
  • PLUS contract templates
  • AND direct access to me for your specific legal questions!

If you're ready to get serious as a freelancer and make sure that you're protected, Blog and Be Legal Premium! is just what you need.

(PS - I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.)

 

I've spoke and interacted with so many bloggers, consultants, coaches and freelancers over the years. There are so many people out there doing amazing things. And I see tons of info out there for freelancers - how to market yourself, upping your Instagram game, time management, finding clients and that's just the beginning. But I rarely see legal info for freelancers.

As a freelancer, you're in that "in between zone" - you're not just making a few bucks here and there so it's no big deal, but you also don't have that comfort level of working for an employer who will take care of things like liability and tax issues.

So basically - it's all on you.

It's up to you to have solid contracts. It's up to you to make sure you are paying the right amount of taxes. It's up to you to be sure that your website has all the required legal statements.

Oh and this is on top of everything else you're already doing.

It's a lot to worry about - I get it. But the best time to educate yourself on the legal side of things is before you encounter an issue. Before you get sued, before your client decides to not pay you, before you find someone stole your graphic design work.

You get my point.

Just because no one is talking about the legal side of blogging doesn't mean that it's not important. That's why I created this course. You get all the legal info you need to know today to avoid potential mistakes in the future. You have lifetime access to all the course videos and bonuses (plus any future updates to the course), so this priceless information will be at your fingertips anytime you need it.

What You Get:

This course is broken down into a series of short videos. You can watch all the course videos at once or just watch those videos that are applicable to your business at this time. You have lifetime access to the course materials and can come back to them at any time.

There are seven lessons broken down into over 25 separate videos so you can watch just what you need on your own time. Plus, since the law is always changing I'll be updating the videos or creating new videos as necessary. And you'll get lifetime access to those updates.

These lessons are valued at over $2,000! Lawyers charge hundreds of dollars per hour but you get all this legal information in one place without needing to hire your own personal attorney today.

+ The Bonuses:

One hour legal consultation* with me! I'm a Pennsylvania licensed attorney and am here to answer your burning legal questions. Remember - lawyers charge hundreds of dollars an hour for their time and services. You get an hour with me included as an amazing bonus to Blog and Be Legal Premium! (Reminder: enrollment for Premium is only open until January 31, 2017 and won't be available again until later this year!)

Legal templates for consultant/freelancer contract, joint venture webinar contract, disclosure statements, privacy statements and terms and conditions for your blog. These templates together sell for $600 on my blog, but they are all included as an epic bonus for this course!

Some of us learn better with written materials, so I've also included written guides and checklists for some of the topics. You can just download the guides to refer back to whenever you need.

Plus you'll need to brainstorm for some of these topics too. Because of this, I'm also throwing in some easy downloadable worksheets to get you thinking and an income tracking spreadsheet to keep you on track for tax time. Download these to get your thoughts flowing and your money tracked!

*Course must be paid in full before legal consultation call. The call can be scheduled at any time (we will both go through our schedules to find the perfect time) if you purchase the one-time payment option. If you pay via payment plan, all payments must be received before the call will be scheduled. Calls will be held via phone or Skype.

(Reminder & Legal Disclaimer - I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.)

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What Others Are Saying

Once business started picking up I knew it was time to get serious with the legal aspects of my business I'd been avoiding. Once I started booking bigger projects I knew I needed to protect myself, my business, and my family by getting everything in place. I contacted a local attorney... and going in, I was thinking it would be around $500-$700. But when she came back with the quote, my mind was a little blown. She estimated that everything would come to $1500. And that was with editing documents I already had created!

I definitely wish I would have heard about Jackie and all of her amazing offerings sooner. I know that working with her on any other legal issues that come up will be the best option for me and my business in the future.
-- Krista, Krista Rae

The legal side of blogging is often a topic that you don't think about, until something happens and it's too late! On my local business' website, I made the mistake of finding an image on Google to use as a photo on a blog post. Blogging wasn't even a big part of that business, and the image was tiny! I never thought twice about using it.

Several years after it was published, I received a letter from Getty Images demanding $1,300 for using that little, tiny image! I did the best I could on my own, and ended up settling for half the requested amount.

I was out $650 AND I felt both silly for not knowing the legal side of blogging, and I felt I had been taken advantage of because of it. When something like this happens, hindsight is 20/20 and I can only wish I'd had the knowledge and know-how that Jackie provides in her course. With her guidance, I would have never been in this difficult situation in the first place, and I wouldn't be out that costly settlement fee!
-- Summer, Lady Boss League

Jackie is a phenomenal teacher. The law is so intimidating, but she makes it manageable with her in-depth coverage of each topic. She explains complicated legal terms in bite-size portions so even beginner business owners can understand. Plus, she is absolutely the sweetest and seamlessly finds ways to engage the audience even on the most difficult topics.
-- McKinzie, Moms Make Cents

I am so grateful to Jackie for sharing her legal insight with us. This course covers all the bases and will help any blogger take that next step towards legalizing their venture. Jackie truly takes the guess work out of understanding legal jargon, with each module she addresses various legal issues we all deal with as bloggers. This course is an investment any legitimate blogger should make.
-- Jeanine, The Business Ref

Your Instructor


Jacklyn Stoughton
Jacklyn Stoughton

In my years of juggling my blog Jade and Oak with my full time day job, I've learned a thing or two about balancing blogging with my career. I've developed a system for success - both with my blog and with my life. In the last two years, I've managed my blog all while switching jobs, getting married, selling a house and buying a new house (within the same week!), vacationing and everything else. I also work as a social media manager on the side (yep - on top of my blog and my day job as an attorney!)

When I'm not blogging or lawyering, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our two pugs, Bowie and Rosie. I also attempt to be a DIY interior decorator, take adult ballet classes, read as much as I have time for and enjoy traveling when I get a free second too!


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
All of the course materials are available upon purchase and the course never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Is the Premium option right for me?
Because everyone is at different levels, I wanted to offer tiers to the Blog and Be Legal course series. This is the most advanced version and includes extra templates for freelancers or anyone doing client work. The templates will help you with growing your business. This option is also right for you if you want direct access to an attorney for your legal questions. I get so many legal questions and don't have the time to answer them all. Here is your chance to get my undivided attention for one full hour which gives you more than enough time to get the legal assistance you need.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? As long as this course is live and available, you will have access to it. You are free to return back to the course site anytime to rewatch videos and download the goodies. You have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. I do not have control over the hosting site, Teachable, so any accessibility issues are out of my control. However, I will work with Teachable to ensure that you have the best access possible.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Because I'm sure you will find this course super helpful, I hope that you will share this course with your friends. If anyone buys with your unique link, you get 40% of the sale price. After purchasing, just contact me to add you to the program!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with this course, please contact me within 14 days of purchase and we will chat about your concerns. Due to the consultation aspect of the Premium version, I cannot offer a refund if we have already had our one hour consultation. If we have not completed our consultation yet but we have chatted and you are still unsatisfied with the course, I will give you a full refund.
What if I blog outside of the US?
I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.
What kind of questions can I ask during our legal consultation?
This is your chance to talk one on one with an attorney about your business. I can offer you general information surrounding legal issues and the law as it relates to your business. However, due to state and federal guidelines surrounding the practice of law, I cannot give you specific legal advice, but I will give you the law as it stands so that you can make an informed decision. Additionally, I do not prepare customized legal documents at this time, but you can use the legal consultation call as time for further guidance on customizing the provided legal templates.