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Here at Once Wed, we love getting to champion both the brides and grooms getting married AND the vendors that serve them. Over the next week we will be talking with our vendors about how they can up their business game so they can build more sustainable businesses.

I remember the excitement I (Emily) had when I first launched Once Wed 9 years ago. There was no business plan, bookkeeping, or contracts—I was just passionate about this idea and dove in head first.

But 3 months in I started to realize there was this huge component to running a business I knew nothing about. I didn’t have a business background, I knew nothing about legal stuff—I had no idea where I should even start.

I found myself in this endless cycle of avoiding the “paperwork part”, eventually attempting it on my own, and then wasting valuable headspace obsessing over all the terrible things that could happen to my business because of my lack in confidence that I was “doing it right”.

Needless to say, I could totally relate when the most recent survey of our vendor audience revealed similar sentiments.

Contracts, Taxes, Insurance, Copyright….. Help! We all struggle with them.

I thought to myself, wow, I should really make the time to share with them all of my lessons learned. I’m no business expert but I’ve certainly learned a lot over the years—and I do know some experts who could help, like Christina Scalera, an attorney who specializes in legal work specifically for creative entrepreneurs.

Together we could cover topics like…

  • The dangers of being a sole proprietor (and why you should register your business)
  • How working with friends isn’t an excuse to drop your guard and forego using contracts!
  • That there’s more than one type of insurance you need to protect your business.
  • Why it’s worth understanding your taxes from the beginning (It can save you money!!!)

…..and show you that understanding all this “legal stuff” really isn’t as complicated as you think.

Today, with If I Made, I’m launching Get Your Sh*t Together: The Legal Edition + Contract Template. It’s a new digital course sharing with you everything you need to know to get your business legally legit, in the most painless, creative-brain-friendly way possible. Plus, we’ve made industry-specific contracts to help you further protect your business.

Oh, and you’ll be able to knock this all out in five days!

If you follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #ifimadeMyBusinessLegit we’ll also be sharing lots of business and legal tips on @oncewed and @ifimade_ over the next week.

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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With Provence as your setting, it’s inevitable that your anniversary photo session will have an incredible amount of beauty in it. This is, after the all, the area which inspired many of Van Gogh’s best works of art. As photographer Angelika Krinke shows us, the area is filled with a peaceful sense of beauty, from farmer’s fields to historic buildings overgrown with plant life. We crave more of the simplicity that we see in Julia and Maverick’s anniversary photos: breathtaking light, warmth, and a couple in love.

Photographer : Angelika Krinke | Couple : Julia + Maverick | Filmlab : Carmencita Filmlab

 

 

 

Here at Once Wed, we love getting to champion both the brides and grooms getting married AND the vendors that serve them. Over the next week we will be talking with our vendors about how they can up their business game so they can build more sustainable businesses. Today, we’re talking contracts. 

Contracts are like bodyguards for your dreams.

They act as a barrier between your business and anything that might, intentionally or accidentally, try to put a dent in all your hard work and hustle.

Most often, we tend to feel like if we sign something, we’re going to get screwed over. Even if we trust the other party, we instinctively distrust the complicated document that stands between us, usually because we don’t fully understand what it has to say.

In reality, a good contract is one that keeps everyone safe. Protection is a contract’s number one job.

At their core, contracts can serve to protect the three Rs of your business: Relationships, Revenue, and Reputation.

Are your contracts protecting you and your business?

CLICK HERE to learn more!

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