Building a legally sound creative business starts here…
You open your email and dance in your chair.
That dream opportunity just landed in your lap.
But then panic sets in.
Do I have everything in place to make it happen?
Am I sure that I am correctly set up on the legal front?
Will I only learn I did it wrong too late?
I’m your creative business owner friend. But unlike all those armchair lawyers, I passed the California bar exam and practice law every day.
I’m your brainstorm partner. But unlike most business coaches, I’m not going to try to convince you there’s only one answer or a one-size-fits-all solution, formula, or trend that will magically make you an “overnight” success.
I’m all those legal templates, forms, resources, and courses. But I help you focus on legal tasks that will make a big impact rather than encouraging you to do busy work.
I’m all those free Facebook groups. But I share trustworthy, legal information customized just for creative businesses like yours.
I would’ve never been so proactive about copyrighting my artwork if I hadn’t been a part of the artist’s Courtyard. I now know that by filing a copyright application, I’ll have a much greater leg to stand on if someone steals any of my designs. And thanks to the artist’s Courtyard I had all the tools and resources I needed to file my first application!
Emily Caven, Blue Jay Bay
Instead, every day you have to build your business on a strong foundation. You have to figure out what actions will (or won’t) get you one step closer to your goal.
As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. And it takes a village to build a thriving, sustainable creative business.
the artist’s Courtyard is here to be your village. It functions as your guide, your mentor, your sounding board, and your resource library.
Having a clear well laid out contract has actually gained business for me. The first time I used my revised contract was for a basic social media marketing contract. My client was so impressed she added three additional services (including re-doing her website). Two thumbs up for the artist’s Courtyard master workshop that helped me create it!
Elizabeth Hahn, Cow and Rooster
Get guidance through online workshops, Q&A sessions, mastermind calls, and more.
Confidently tackle projects using our legal library, legalese translator, and master workshop archives.
Pinpoint what legal projects that will make the biggest impact based on where you are.
Ask your questions and get answers 24/7 without getting sidetracked by Facebook.
the artist's Courtyard is here to be your guide, mentor, sounding board, and library.
But every creative business is different.
There's no one-size-fits-all formula, solution or trend that will automatically assure your creative business is built on a strong legal foundation.
Which is why there are two ways you can join the artist's Courtyard.
We don’t talk law 24/7 in the artist’s Courtyard.
the artist’s Courtyard is about much more than the law. It’s about learning about what’s best for your business, running experiments, and sharing what worked (and didn’t).
Yes, we talk about the law more than your average Facebook Group or business coaching program.
But that’s because when you ask a question, you aren’t getting an answer from Google, or from someone who knows someone who dealt with this issue, or from an armchair lawyer.
You’re getting answers from either someone who has:
been empowered by her own real-life experience dealing with this exact issue
a degree and a license to practice law
(And you can bet, if the first person tells you incorrect legal information, I’m going to kindly point you in the right direction. 😉)
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you do need to worry/care about the law no matter what stage your business is at.
It applies if you think your business is a hobby
It applies if you aren’t making a profit
It applies if you are running your business as a side hustle
Yes, while you are small, your chances of being “caught” are lower. But that doesn’t mean that can’t happen. (And if you make it big, your chances will skyrocket.)
I’m risk-averse. Because of that, I will step outside of my comfort zone to learn things that greatly reduce my risks. And learning/caring about this stuff will greatly reduce your risk. So the question becomes are you willing to step outside your comfort zone in order to achieve what you want?
Do you know who is on my list of problem clients? Those business owners that call me in the middle of a legal crisis or huge opportunity, but have never, ever, done a single legal task for their business.
I avoid them like the plague.
Why? Because in addition to either the crisis or the huge win, there’s usually a dozen other legal problems with their business.
That need to be fixed first. So while these clients can be great from a revenue-generating standpoint, it’s incredibly frustrating for both of us.
Other times, problems go unresolved or opportunities get missed because they don’t have the time or money to do everything required.
Hype and promises abound on the Internet. And if I were in your shoes, I’d be wary too.
Which is why I’m going to put a little skin in the game.
If within the first 30 days, you decide that the artist’s Courtyard isn’t the right place to help you build a strong foundation, I’ll refund your payment.
No hoops to jump through, no worksheets to submit, no screenshots of how you participated. You just need to send me an email.
Yep! No contracts or commitments here. You can cancel at any time with just a single click from your member profile page. If you email Kiffanie to cancel within the first 30 days, you’ll get a full refund. However, if you cancel after 30 days, you won’t receive a refund for any remaining months.
You’ll have access to:
Monthly Q&A session with your friendly legal eagle—that’s me, Kiffanie Stahle.
Other creative business owners, just like yourself. With a Mighty Networks community to ask your questions and get answers from other members and me.
Master workshops, held about 4 times a year
Weekly videos answering your legal questions, sharing legal items in the news, or other trends I’m seeing
Our legal library, legalese translator, and master workshop archive (currently getting a facelift so you can easily pinpoint the exact resource you need!)
We are looking for creative business owners who are ready to take action. You should have a DIY-mentality, be a self-starter, and be willing to raise your hand and help out your fellow members. And it might be right for you if you want to work with Kiffanie on a regular basis on a small budget.
If you are looking for an attorney, this isn’t the right place. Kiffanie can’t provide legal advice about how to handle your specific problem and joining the artist’s Courtyard doesn’t make her your attorney.
She’ll only be able to provide information about the law and give you options. You’ll have to decide what’s right for your business. And if you don’t have the time, energy, or desire to do the work and support the community, this isn’t the right place for you.
And if you aren’t based in the United States, the legal resources won’t all apply to you. And that’s because the resources only cover U.S. law.