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Align Your Business Design...

If anyone is going to notice something that should have been tweaked a little to the left in a design, it’s going to be you. After all, you’re building a business on your ability to balance lines and colors, fonts and whitespace, creating an arrangement that communicates a message in a graceful, elegant way.

Yes, doubters might ask you whether moving that bit of the design two pixels to the left really does make a difference. But deep down, you know it does. (By the way, we’re in total agreement with you there.)

When all the pieces are in balance, everything—viewing, reading, absorbing—just starts to flow.

You work hard to create that experience for your clients.

So do you owe yourself anything less?

When it comes to business, I’m a big believer in putting the legal foundations in place first. With all that taken care of—finding clients, doing the work, and growing your business—falls into place much more easily.

So… need some guidelines on the must-haves clauses for your client contract, how to protect your work from would-be copycats, and whether you need to worry about online privacy laws?

We’ve got you covered!

In the resource guide below, my team has rounded up the most useful blog posts and products from The Contract Shop® website—making it easy for you to quickly address anything that’s out of alignment in your business so that you can get back to concentrating on the fun stuff (like pinning promising color palettes on Pinterest).

Understanding Contracts

Do you really need a contract? Oh yes you do! (And I’m not saying that just because I’m a lawyer.) A contract gives both you and your client the security of knowing exactly what to expect and the ability to hash out any disagreements beforehand. Not sure what needs to be included? Check out these posts for some quick dos and don’ts.

Copyright & Legal Considerations

Finding your work out there, without credit or under someone else’s name, is a huge bummer. What can you do to protect yourself, before and after?

Business Dos & Don’ts

Think that the legal aspects of your business stop once you and your customer have signed a contract? Think again!

3 Alternative Careers for Graphic Designers

Picky clients and late nights got you down? Consider one of these alternative career paths instead. This...

How to Establish Better Boundaries with Clients

Ah, entrepreneur life. For many, it seems like the ultimate lifestyle choice. You get to chose who to do business with, what you want...

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring Your First Team Member

You’re growing in some big ways over the last few months (years) and you’ve got your workflow down. Now it's time to hire some...

The Serious Designer's Must-Have Product List

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