Creative Counsel with Brittany Ratelle

Creative Counsel with Brittany Ratelle

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How to start and scale your business as a creative entrepreneur


How to quit stumbling over your words and actually tell people what you do with StoryBrand consultant Macy Robison - 60
Aug 31 • 44 min
Have you ever felt that panicky feeling when someone asks you what you “do”? Or spewed such a giant word vomit on them that you yourself got lost on what you ACTUALLY do to make money, let alone help people? Enter Macy Robison, StoryBrand Guide certified…
How to Protect Digital Products: a Step-by-Step Guide - 59
Aug 18 • 31 min
Do you sell a digital product and want to make sure you are using best practices in setting up your e-commerce site? This episode will give you my top 5 tips for setting up and protecting your online products so that you can continue to serve your…
How to Slay a Styled Shoot Like a Creative Director with Rebecca M Creative - 58
Apr 21 • 65 min
Listen to Creative Producer and Director Rebecca M Creative as she shared the tricks of the trade for pulling off a successful styled shoot! Rebecca shares the top things that people do wrong, whether they are DIY their productions or hiring out and what…
What to do when things go WRONG: Cancellations, Rescheduling and Force Majeure Land - 57
Apr 8 • 34 min
So…let’s address the elephant in the room (or rather the bat…) It’s fair to say if you aren’t experiencing some sort of business disruptions today due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that you might experience other force majeure events that will throw a wrench…
Planning on a Profit First Creative Business with Amy Laliberte - 56
Mar 28 • 74 min
An interview with virtual CFO for hire Amy Laliberte on the Mike Michaelowicz book, Profit First, the Creativepreneur Book Club pick, and how to implement the positive cashflow system for creative small businesses. In this episode, you will learn: What…
How to Run a Successful Art Business with Artist Jenie Gao - 55
Feb 27 • 70 min
Jenie Gao, artist and muralist is here to decimate the “starving artist” myth and show how she quit her full-time corporate job and made the leap into the art world. She is now a successful full-time artist, creative director, and entrepreneur and is…
How to Build a Business for the Life You Want with EMyth VP Tricia Huebner - 54
Feb 9 • 71 min
Are you stuck working “in” your business and not “on” it? Have you read the EMyth Revisited — or had it on your “list”? Considered one of the most influential business books of all time, EMyth is the Creativentrepeneur Book Club Pick for January and is a…
The Ultimate Event Legal Checklist - 53
Jan 31 • 38 min
If you plan events or want to plan events for your business or organization — then you need this episode in your life (to be honest, you probably needed it a few Diet Cokes ago). This episode comes BURSTING with all the real legal issues that can crop up…
How You Can Be a Selling Rockstar with Erika Tebbens - 52
Jan 16 • 52 min
Discover the 4-step process to become a more confident seller in a non-sleazy way! Dig into it with Sell It, Sister expert Erika Tebenns and learn about how being your crazy, quirky, authentic self can build trust with your audience. Also, learn how to…
Top 10 Myths About Starting a Business - 51
Jan 4 • 44 min
Do you want to start a business? Or have you started and WISHED you could skip over some of those mistakes that other entrepreneurs have tripped over? What are the top business mistakes? How do I get over impostor syndrome? How do I turn my hobby into a…
Law and Wit Episode 50: Turning influence into a Business with Brand Strategist Michelle Gifford - 50
Nov 6, 2019 • 55 min
Interested in turning your influence into real money in your pocket? In this episode, Michelle Gifford, brand strategist and biz educator will spill all about how YOU can build a legit business - especially as a creative influencer who might be juggling…
Licensing 101: What You Need to Know as a Creative Entrepreneur - 49
Oct 28, 2019 • 41 min
“Licensing” is a term that gets thrown around a lot but many creative entrepreneurs struggle to understand exactly what it is. Licensing is what allows you to make money on your works by selling the rights to others. This episode will give you the…
How to duplicate yourself with Content Creator-turned-Expert VA Chellie Petersen - 48
Oct 8, 2019 • 47 min
Many creatives struggle with hiring help. However, there comes a day when you realize you just can’t really do everything on your own. You might start dropping balls or you may find that you just can’t grow any further. Interview guest Chellie Peterson is…
Pricing For Creatives and Designers - 47
Sep 23, 2019 • 36 min
Ready to jump into every creative entrepreneur’s favorite topic—pricing? It’s one of those sticking points that a lot of creatives and designers get hung-up on. You don’t want to charge too much and not be able to build your business. But you don’t want…
Branding Do’s and Don’ts with Designer Melanie Burk - 46
Jul 27, 2019 • 50 min
Want to uplevel your brand identity without breaking the bank? Or wondering what it takes to be a successful graphic and brand identity designer? You don’t want to miss this behind-the-scenes interview with successful designer Melanie Burk. She shares how…
Business Partnerships 101: 5 Tips for a Good Founder’s Agreement - 45
Jul 1, 2019 • 59 min
Step-by-Step questionnaire for business partners who want a happy ‘business marriage’. Do you have a business partner or plan to go into business with someone? This is your MUST-LISTEN episode for exactly what questions you must ask each other so that you…
From Etsy Shop to Multi-Million Dollar Business with Elle Rowley of Solly Baby - 44
Jun 5, 2019 • 58 min
When Elle Rowley of Solly Baby created her first product it was out of necessity. That necessity turned into some commissions for friends, then an Etsy shop, and is now a multi-million dollar baby wrap empire. She didn’t set out to grow a huge company but…
How to Charge What You’re Worth with Chelsea Peterson Photography - 43
May 20, 2019 • 69 min
Like many creative entrepreneurs, Chelsea struggled with undervaluing her services at first. But, now her average session charge is between $2,500 and $3,000. Along with doing senior portraits, she also provides pricing guidance to other photographers to…
Everything is a Remix and That’s OK - 42
May 13, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode of the Law & Wit podcast, host Brittany Ratelle digs what a healthy mindset around creativity, uniqueness, and value looks like. While copyright and trademark are awesome, there is also a place for understanding that in a sense, everything…
Thriving as an Introvert Entrepreneur with Morra Aarons-Mele - 41
May 2, 2019 • 54 min
You don’t have to be an extrovert to thrive as an entrepreneur. However, introverts face challenges that others don’t understand. Morra Aarons-Mele is a wildly successful “accidental entrepreneur” who just so happens to be an introvert. Morra is the…
Copyrights and Copywrongs: What you Can and Can’t Protect - 40
Apr 27, 2019 • 39 min
This is the fourth and final episode of the Business Legal Systems series that discusses the things you need to know in getting your creative business up and running right from the get-go. If you want to make sure that all the hard work you’ve invested…
Becoming a More Mindful Entrepreneur with Kim Christenson of Talk Wordy to Me + Loom Journals - 39
Apr 19, 2019 • 55 min
Dig into mindfulness, writing, and why our words (and thoughts) MATTER with multi-passionate and always clever Kim Christenson of the Talk Wordy to Me Blog + Loom Journals. In this episode you will learn: A mindfulness definition for the everyday mom and…
Get it in Writing: Contracts 101 for Creatives - 38
Apr 12, 2019 • 40 min
This is Part 3 of the Business Legal Systems series that discusses the bedrock business and legal foundations you need to address when building your modern creative business. If you’ve had that inkling that you need to get some contracts in place or make…
Instragram Strategy with Anna MacFarlane, @annaistheworst @kidsaretheworst - 37
Mar 23, 2019 • 63 min
Get your Instagram questions answered as social media expert, Anna MacFarlane, shares a wealth of information on how to grow your following and build your community. Anna, the woman behind @annaistheworst and @kidsaretheworst is actually the absolute…
How to Get Your Site Legit - 36
Mar 13, 2019 • 45 min
This special Part 2 segment in a new series about Business Legal Systems — the bedrock business and legal foundations you need to address when building your modern business. If you have been wondering what you need to do for a step-by-step process to get…
You Can Sit With Us - Interview with Ashley Reeves of Ashley’s Fresh Fix
Feb 28, 2019 • 60 min
Listen in to this truth-bomb-laden episode with content queen and serial entrepreneur Ashley Reeves of Ashley’s Fresh Fix. Ashley shares her entrepreneurial origins from being a teacher tp blogging about Amazon deals and gadgets to migrating to the health…
Where do I start? - 34
Feb 19, 2019 • 36 min
Are you ready to get your creative business legit but don’t know WHERE to start? What needs to come first? And how you are supposed to make sense of this alphabet-soup of advice you are seeing swirling around FB groups, Google and podcasts? This special…
Designing a Hit Conference with Alt Summit Founder & Design Mom Gabrielle Blair - 33
Feb 9, 2019 • 62 min
Join us for a behind-the-scenes interview with creativepreneur matriarch Gabrille Blair, longtime blogger at Design Mom, Best-selling author and founder of the Alt Summit Conference for creatives and influencers. Gabrielle shares her 10-year story in…
6 Tips for Improving Client Relationships - 32
Feb 6, 2019 • 39 min
Want some help in landing good clients? Avoiding bad ones? And keeping the ones you have happy?! Dive into this week’s episode of Law and Wit: Creative Counsel for Entrepreneurs as we explore 6 Tips for Improving Client Relationships. Whether you love ‘em…
Accounting Tips for Creatives with The Designer CPA Peter Lang - 31
Jan 19, 2019 • 32 min
Make friends with your numbers in this episode with Peter Lang, a CPA who specializes in working with creatives, designers, and online entrepreneurs. Peter, a 17-year veteran accountant digs into the most common myths and problems he sees creative making,…
How to Make Money as a Content Creator Without “Selling Out” - 30
Jan 13, 2019 • 42 min
Likes, follows, and DMs don’t actually pay the bills — so how do people actually “make money” from creating content? And what tips and tricks can help you diversify your income, monetize your talents AND not alienate the followers you have come to love…
Living with Real Comfort and Joy with the Paperdolls
Dec 21, 2018 • 57 min
Do you know what isn’t always comfortable? Going for your dreams. Like sell-your-house, load your knapsack into a bus and hit the road with your family band kind of discomfort. This episode gives a behind-the-scenes look at an incredibly talented quartet…
4 Tips to Keep Content Creators Out of Legal Hot Water - 28
Dec 12, 2018 • 33 min
Are you unknowingly doing some of these “common” online practices that may be putting your business at risk? Brittany Ratelle, Attorney for creative entrepreneurs, shares the FOUR things she sees content creators getting wrong online and what you can do…
Growing a Successful Creative Business with Shea Mcgee of Studio Mcgee
Dec 4, 2018 • 45 min
Shea McGee, co-founder of Studio McGee shares her interior designer origin story. She talks about bringing on her spouse to scale her business and how approaching a creative business with fresh eyes can do more than create a killer “before” and “after”…
What is a DBA?
Nov 17, 2018 • 22 min
Have you heard or seen DBAs mentioned in contracts or among your business peers and wondered whether you are one of if you need one? Or whether it’s the right fit for your business? Dig into this episode and finally get some clarity about this alphabet…
Being Legal Online with Richard Chapo
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
What do you need to pay attention to do business online in a post-GDPR world? Dive in with two savvy internet attorneys in sharing the need-to-know tips for online business owners who want to grow their businesses in the ever-changing digital frontier.…
6 Ways a Trademark Can Protect Your Brand - 24
Oct 12, 2018 • 28 min
Do you want to know what trademark can protect and why you might need one? Tune in to this episode of Law and Wit: Creative Counsel for Entrepreneurs and learn about federal trademarks and how can they help protect your brand. This episode from…
Building an Engaged Community with Andrea Faulkner Williams of Tubby Todd - 23
Oct 3, 2018 • 47 min
Want to have die-hard fans for your brand? Listen in to this interview with Andrea Williams, co-founder of Tubby Todd, an all-natural bath products company that believes in good, clean fun for the whole family. Andrea gives a behind-the-scenes look at her…
PR Lessons From a Red Carpet Showroom with Ashley Michaelsen - 22
Sep 15, 2018 • 50 min
Get the inside scoop on promoting like a fashion insider with blogger and PR guru Ashley Michaelson. We dive into networking, pitching, and making the most of your resources to promote your brand. Ashley shares some of her inside tips from running AMPR, a…
6 Truths to Pump *POW* You Up When You Need Some Entrepreneur Motivation - 21
Aug 31, 2018 • 43 min
Have you ever felt stuck in the business of your business? Do you like pick-me-ups? Pep talks? Words of wisdom that are tied to actionable tips and strategies for moving forward?? Then listen in to this episode (and relisten, rinse and repeat as…
Getting over the Wall with Ashley Mitchell of Lifetime Healing - 20
Aug 17, 2018 • 54 min
Buckle in for an amazing chat with birth mom advocate and serial entrepreneur Ashley Mitchell of Lifetime Healing and Big Tough Girl! In this episode, you will hear her incredible story of hitting ROCK-bottom and how she has turned her journey into…
Legalize your E-commerce Site in 6 Steps - 19
Aug 11, 2018 • 31 min
Get the 6-step plan to legalize your indie e-commerce site or Etsy shop so you can run your online product business with confidence and avoid the most common legal mistakes of small business e-retailers.
3 Tips to Find your authentic voice with Rosemary Card of Q.Noor - 018
Jun 15, 2018 • 53 min
Get inspired by runway model-turned-retail CEO Rosemary Card who has successfully launched her own clothing store that empowers and enlightens women. She shares her secrets for connecting to customers, picking a meaningful AND strategic brand name when…
6 Must-Haves for a SOLID Influencer Marketing Agreement - 017
Jun 8, 2018 • 31 min
Whether you are an influencer/content creator or brand, dig into the 6 terms you must have spelled-out in a good sponsored content contract for an influencer marketing campaign. Learn how research/ homework can help maximize influencer marketing and…
Using Legal to Stay On-Brand with Attorney Caroline J. Fox - 016
May 25, 2018 • 50 min
You get TWO awesome attorneys dishing on how legal can help your brand stay on-brand and afloat during the highs and lows of modern business. Learn about how intellectual property, good contracts, and good business “marriages” can keep your creative biz…
GDPR for online entrepreneurs - 5 Step Guide - 015
May 8, 2018 • 25 min
How does the GDPR apply to an US-based business operating online? Find out in this no-nonsense 5-step guide to getting your online activities compliant before the May 25th deadline. Learn why the GDPR matters to you, even if you are a US-based business…
8 Tips to Get Your Podcast Legit - 014
Apr 20, 2018 • 25 min
Learn how to make your podcast legally legit with this digestible info session on trademarks and branding, copyright, using music, having guests, and working with co-hosts. Don’t feel overwhelmed as a podcaster or worse — delay starting or growing your…
10 must-know contract terms for creatives - 013
Mar 9, 2018 • 32 min
Want to know how what a kill fee is? Or how you protect your right to display creative work in your portfolio? This episodes explains the ten most important contract terms that you can’t afford NOT to know, no matter what you do as a creative small…
Creating Space for Creativity with Miranda Anderson of Live Free Creative - 012
Feb 10, 2018 • 56 min
In this episode, Miranda, a maker, adventurer, creative mama, and blogger shares her tips on creating space for creativity and ultimately living a more creative and intentional lifestyle. Miranda explains how a nurse educator became a maker — then a…
What to do when people copy your stuff - 11
Feb 4, 2018 • 27 min
Mad about copy-cats, rip-offs and digital thieves? Get some clarity and a step-by-step action guide for handling creative theft. In this episode, you will learn about: what is “copying” and what is just “inspired by”, how to shift your mindset so that…
Copyrights vs. Trademarks - 010
Jan 26, 2018 • 24 min
This Intellectual Property 101 tutorial will walk you through the basics in copyrights vs. trademarks and how they most commonly used to protect your original content. Lock these two different tools down so you can go your own IP audit of where you may be…
How to Manage your Brand like the Pros - Lessons from Noelle Nicolai, Corporate Brand Strategist for Global Luxury Brands - 009
Jan 19, 2018 • 53 min
Special interview with a master corporate brand strategist on how to develop and manage your creative brand and how to successfully work with big brands as a influencer. Noelle shares the secrets on the 2 things that make a GOOD brand , details authentic…
6 Business Resolutions to Rock the New Year - 008
Jan 5, 2018 • 27 min
Get a jump on your business goals with 6 resolutions to tackle this year - from locking down some contracts to managing the FB groupies…there are some nuggets just for YOU! I’ll be diving into registering your business as an LLC, what kind of contracts…
Forging an Awesome Brand with Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show - 007
Dec 15, 2017 • 53 min
SPECIAL interview with the branding boss babe — Alison Faulkner of The Alison Show. Alison shares some of her tips for building a killer brand and how she has used her strengths and weaknesses to develop a highly engaging and profitable personal brand.…
Do I need an LLC? - 006
Dec 8, 2017 • 17 min
This week’s episode dives into all things LLC (yeah you know me!) and explains why you need some more sand buckets in your life and your business. You will learn about LLCs, how to set them up, how to use them right — and to avoid some of the pitfalls…
How to be a Better Negotiator with Paul Leonard
Dec 1, 2017 • 26 min
Learn negotiation tips from a business master so that you can navigate your next creative business opportunity. Learn how to prepare, overcome fear and read body language cues so that you can confidently present your brand’s value.
5 Legal Docs Your Website Needs - 004
Nov 25, 2017 • 30 min
Get the dish on 5 legal docs you MUST have on your website. Don’t rely on your web developer to CYA —- find out what you need to do to protect your digital home or storefront. This episode dives into privacy policies, terms of use, copyright statements,…
Growing your team with Ashley Cox of Sprout HR - 003
Nov 17, 2017 • 43 min
Learn the smart way to grow your team with Ashley Cox of SpourtHr, a HR specialist helping creatives get the help they need to grow their businesses. She dishes on why you shouldn’t hire your best friend’s VA, and why advertising for “must love sprinkles”…
Cultivating creativity and confidence with Natashia McLean of Canary Jane - 002
Nov 17, 2017 • 38 min
Natasha McLean of Canary Jane, an illustrator, coloring book author, blogger and social media consultant shares her creative origin story and how to cultivate confidence and creativity for your business. She shares her three business laws that have helped…
Introduction to Law and Wit - 001
Nov 15, 2017 • 13 min
Meet Brittany, a licensed attorney and entrepreneur herself, as she serves up tidbits of law and wit that are digestible and fun for your busy life, minus the leather-bound books and billable rate. Claim your boss babe title and get the information you…