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Getting Kids Ready For School

"Hurry up."
"Put your shoes on."
"Please eat breakfast."
"No, I don't know where your shoes are."

I don't know about you but our mornings used to be ripe with these and probably a hundred others. Kip is going back to school in a few weeks, and I wanted to keep up the fun, relaxed, and enjoyable mornings that we've had going for the past few months. I didn't want to turn into nagging mommy, stressed-out mommy, or "hurry up!!!" mommy.

Enter my new morning miracle worker ... the hourglass timer.

I've been trying to figure out how to help Kip (5 years old) the concept of time but using the timer on his iPad was not working as he'd end up mesmerized by that intoxicating screen and still not get done what he needed to do.

I hopped over to my good friend, Mr. Amazon, and found these great hourglass timers. I quickly ordered three of them: hour, 3o minutes, and 5 minutes. My requirements were: not breakable. The 5-minute timer arrived with a cracked shell but the box looked like it'd been run...

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Copyright Free Background Music

This information is provided for educational and informational purposes and is an excerpt from BIZLEBOX™ - the legal lunchbox for your PB&J. Since every single decision we make in our businesses has a legal impact point, make sure that you're talking with an attorney you know, like, and trust before acting on anything you read, hear, or see.

Can I play music while live streaming?
No. If you play music without the proper legal permissions you are committing copyright infringement.

But everyone else is doing it.
Yes, they are. And they are also breaking the law.

But I'm not making any money.
I know. But making money is not a requirement for copyright infringement to apply. Simply using content that is not yours (and that falls within the protections of the copyright laws) is all that it takes to commit copyright infringement.

But it's in the public domain.
Nope, it's probably not. There is very little copyrighted material actually within the public domain. And more than likely...

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Copyrighting Creative Work

When you know what your real assets are, how to protect them, and when to protect them - you are in a powerful position and driving your business and brand in the direction that you want.

I had the sheer joy and pleasure to sit down and gab with Jonathan all about copyright laws and how they impact our world as creators. Thankfully my good friend Bonnie L. Frank joined in and helped us get all the amazing questions answered! This is a longer blab ... so when you have an hour and want to invest in your knowledge about such an important subject to your business - this is a great way to spend that time!

Blab with Jonathan Trip


Jonathan is the real deal and I encourage you to connect with the great community he's building over at Blabnation. 

My legal Q&A with Fresh Rag's Dave Conrey

Dave and I got together and took specific questions from his creative community regarding copyrighting creative work and broke it down step-by-step. Click here to listen to the podcast....

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How do I go about trademarking my business?

Updated 8/10/16

You have to know how to

  • run a trademark search,
  • where to file your application, and
  • who is going to handle the trademark registration in order to protect the name/brand that you're building your business around.

Massive benefits of knowing HOW to trademark your business

  • You stop stressing over "Is my name safe?" ~ You know that you're not committing trademark infringement, and you know HOW to make sure your own name/brand is on solid legal footing.
  • You know where to run a trademark search ~ no more mindlessly searching Google trying to figure out WHERE the legal information is that you need.
  • You know how to find the application ~ you know how to start it, save it, and submit it.
  • You know what you're comfortable doing ~ you can save money and time because you know what parts of the trademarking process you want to handle, and which ones you want to hand over to someone else.
  • You know what you're not comfortable doing ~ so you don't waste your time, money, and...
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Why You Need to Understand Trademark Laws

Every single business decision you make triggers and impacts trademark laws.

Think about all the places you are using your name in your business. Every single instance is impacting trademark law. The reason for this extreme level of impact is that the purpose of a trademark is to identify and distinguish the source of goods and services for consumers, so that when they are shopping in the marketplace - they can easily see a brand and know whether they'd like to purchase. 

Massive benefits of understanding WHY you need to pay attention to trademark laws

When you know WHY you need to pay attention to trademark laws as you are busy building a business around a name/brand, then you are able to protect ALL the:

  • Money and time you've spent on branding,
  • Money and time you've spent on your landing pages,
  • Money and time spent on design and layout of email sequences,
  • Money and time you've spent on your social media accounts,
  • Money and time you've spent on your website,
  • Money and...
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It's NOT about balance at all.

The personal and professional lives of small business owners are oftentimes so intertwined that it's hard to set boundaries and find balance. I'd like to offer a few thoughts on how you can work to find a work/life balance.

First off there's no point in using the word "balance."

It's totally misleading to small business owners. Just hearing the word balance makes me think of a balance beam (I could totally fall off of) or scales of justice (someone is going to lose), or a teeter-totter (who doesn't love the teeter-totter?)

So as a small business owner I take the teeter-totter approach because afterall it's a piece of play equipment and I think showcases what modern-day balancing is truly about: up and down, equally weighted on each side, and you don't stay on it all day and night.

Now I didn't arrive at my "balance theory" overnight, hardly, it's been five years of struggling, thinking, revising, and reinventing what it means to me to live a life that I love and run a small...

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Are you legally covered for what you did?


Are you ready to move your business forward? Do you have an income goal you've set for yourself this year? Or perhaps a connection you'd like to make? A product you'd like to release?

Well then you need systems and you definitely need to know where legal coverage comes into play - otherwise, you'll find yourself and your business stalled and unable to move forward, or worse run into an issue that forces you to take a few steps back.

Click here to access the worksheet. 



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