tried to do your own tax return, file your own business licenses or edit your own contract, and thought or even shouted "fuuuuuck!"? You are not alone, and it doesn't have to be that way. That's why I, Braden, your legal/tax gay best friend, am here to empower creatives and entrepreneurs to get their shit legit without the rage and confusion.
You probably don't have a law degree or a clue what's going on when it comes to tax or bookkeeping. Why would you? Who would have taught you such practical things? You may not believe you can take the stress out of the legal foundations of your business, but I'm here to say you can. I believe that so strongly that I made the following mantras the core beliefs of my business.
You are the CEO of your business. Others can help, but no one is going to take ownership of your passion as much as you. The good news is that it does not totally have to suck. I can't promise that I'll make contracts as fun as Pinterest. But I'll sure as shit try.
In law school, I had a mantra. "If Elle can do it, I can do it." And if I can do it, you totally can too. Here's the deal. You're a smart cookie. Unlike Elle, you don't need to know what subject matter jurisdiction is to kill it. I'm here to breakdown the essentials.
Getting good advice isn't necessarily cheap, but you also don't need to hire a boring asshole to mansplain to you in his suit while you swallow your rage staring out of 39th story window. You can also get some more direction than what's offered via online filing services.
Growing up, I always loved HGTV and art. I dabbled in graphic design with little success. I taught myself to knit, poorly. I was a sales associate for West Elm where I had difficulty designing for anyone that had different taste from myself. I even once bought DSLR, shot on auto for a year, gave up and sold it. Why do I tell you these things? I have many times tried and failed to be a "creative" myself. While it doesn't take much talent to have a creative hobby, it definitely takes skill and practice to monetize a creative passion and turn it into a career. By working with creatives, I am able to use my skill in law and tax while also vicariously working in the creative industry through all of you amazing creativepreneurs. That's why I love what I do.
Meet other creative entrepreneurs who also have legal and tax questions. I'm regularly in there answering questions and sharing resources.