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asdfsafadsfdsafds Four legal issues in your crowdfunding campaign.

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You are a creative entrepreneur with a massive vision expanding every day. Some of your friends have run successful crowdfunding campaigns for their businesses and you’ve wondered if you should do the same. Before President Obama signed the JOBS Act in 2012, you could only give your crowdfunded investors (or backers) rewards. You know? A signed t-shirt. An autographed print. Limited edition tote bag. Now, with the JOBS Act, Title III equity crowdfunding rules approved by the Securities and Exchange



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asdfsafadsfdsafds How to Stop Being a Starving Artist in 2016.

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Typically, when we hear the phrase, “starving artist” we think of an artist in the traditional sense — visual artists, poets, writers, right? But, when I talk about the starving artist mentality I am referring to it in a broader sense as it applies to entrepreneurs of all disciplines. How many times have you: Charged less than your product or service was actually worth because you were too scared to charge more? Held on to a client or customer longer than



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asdfsafadsfdsafds My top six resources for overcoming fear and doubt as a creative entrepreneur.

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Being a creative entrepreneur is not about being “fearless” but it’s about pushing through fear even when you want to run. The ability to keep trudging along during tough times is what separates those who “make” it from those who do not. Not magic. Not favor. Sticktoiveness. I wrote this post for the creative geniuses who are launching a business while working. Is that you (if so, you should check out my strategic planning system The Quit Kit)? I know



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asdfsafadsfdsafds The three huge lessons The E-Myth Revisited taught me about starting a business.

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I never win anything (seriously). But, there was this one time when I was the lucky recipient of a free copy of Michael Gerber’s book The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Fail. If I could rewind the clock and start my business over I would have done so — armed with this book. The E-Myth Revisited is a must-read for any new business owner. If you’re launching a business while working you’re probably focused on how you’re going to get



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asdfsafadsfdsafds What are the most important investments you can make when launching a business while working (and a behind the scenes look at my business)?

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If you’re launching a business, no one can give you an exact list of every area you should invest in as you are launching your new business. These decisions must be aligned with your specific business goals. I think the most important investments you can make are when: You don’t have the skills to do something on your own. You don’t have the time to do something on my own (if your launching a business while working your time is a



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asdfsafadsfdsafds What key things do you need to know about Limited Liability Companies?

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If you’re launching a business while working, you need to set up a formal business structure after consulting with an attorney, of course). I’ve explained the number one reason why you must take that step here. Owning a business isn’t just about setting up any business structure at random. There is no one-sized fits all approach to this decision. What’s best for your entrepreneur friends may not be what’s best for you. Start educating yourself on the differences between the various business



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asdfsafadsfdsafds Why you need a legit business structure (even if you’re an artist, creative or not sure what this business really is yet).

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There’s a common misconception amongst the artist and creative entrepreneur community and it’s high time to set the record straight. You’ve probably heard it. You may have even whispered it to a fellow creative because you unequivocally believed it to be true. For some reason, you’ve believed that since you’re business isn’t big yet, or since you are just taking clients here and there, or because you’ve only sold your [insert cool thing] to a few people that you don’t need to formally set



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asdfsafadsfdsafds The number one time hack for launching a business while working.

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“There needs to be more hours in the day. Because….24 hours? Just won’t do.” Stop it. I’m guilty of the plea for more hours too… But, while we’re busy making demands that just can never be… Other business owners are out their killing it because they know this secret. They know that… In order to be a successful entrepreneur you’ve got to budget your time like you budget your money. Are you thinking, Patrice, “What does this have to do with launching while



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asdfsafadsfdsafds What is the biggest risk of launching a business while working?

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You are working a 9- to 5- with ambitions of entrepreneurship. You’ve had a few signs make you realize that the time is now. If not right now you at least want to start making some serious traction towards your move. Let’s call it your grand escape. See, it’s not even so much that you hate your gig (or maybe you do). But, that draw to launch your own business is more compelling than what you do behind someone else’s desk every single



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asdfsafadsfdsafds How do you protect your trademarks when collaborating with someone else?

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As a creative entrepreneur, you are probably exploring collaborations and partnerships with other peeps. These collabs are likely to manifest in the form of: A signature event A class A bundle of services A single service offering Or maybe you’ve decided to partner up more long term and actually form a business with someone. Either way, one of the first topics you should address is…. *Insert drum roll* “Who owns the name?” Yep. So, how do you protect your trademarks when collaborating



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