Artists, makers, coaches, course creators, freelancers, curators, and podcasters adding ease to the legalese starts here…
We believe that you can achieve success, however, you define it, in your business, creative pursuits, and life.
We believe that connecting with like-minded creative business owners for ideas, experiences, encouragement, and accountability is a potent factor in achieving success.
We believe that a strong legal foundation is a necessary component of building a thriving, sustainable creative business.
I, as your friendly legal eagle, know that you can have ease in the legalese. (And when you hit a roadblock, your fellow creatives and I will be there to help you bust through it.)
Together in the artist’s Courtyard, we’ll discover the most effective and efficient steps we can take today towards building a satisfying life and business.
Wanna join us?
the artist’s Courtyard is a place where I’ve learned to have the freedom to fearlessly be myself and put my work out in the world knowing I can protect it. Kiffanie helps us not only solve problems but create solutions so problems don’t arise in the first place.
Together we’ll decide which legal projects will make the biggest impact in your creative business today.
Using our legal library of resources, you’ll be guided step-by-step through tackling each important legal project.
You’ll have access to your friendly legal eagle and community of fellow creative business owners 24/7 in our private online community.
We’ll help you make steady progress towards your goals with our mastermind calls, Q&A sessions, live workshops, and weekly check-ins.
Overwhelmed is an understatement about how I felt about the legal side of my business. But since joining the artist’s Courtyard, I’m feeling excited that it’s all manageable. The input of this friendly community and the guidance, confidence, and knowledge of Kiffanie keeps me coming back.
Inside the legal library, you’ll find courses, templates, and a legalese translator. Some of the courses you’ll have access to include:
Step-by-step lessons to help you write a contract for your creative business. Plus you have access to five contract templates you can use!
Step-by-step lessons to help you create an LLC regardless of which state you live in. Plus have the confidence that you know what’s expected of your LLC.
Step-by-step lessons to help you finally register your copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. So you have the strongest protection possible when copycats strike.
Step-by-step lessons to help you create a giveaway not only on the legal up and up. But create a giveaway that grows your creative business.
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 course that helped me create it!
Elizabeth Hahn, Cow and Rooster
Every day I work with creative businesses like yours to add ease to the legalese. And believe me, I know how overwhelming and confusing it can be.
First off, there’s the almost foreign language that you must decipher.
Then you have to understand which tasks actually matter based on what your business does, what stage you are at, and where you are trying to go.
And finally, you need to weigh the risks. Do you have to act now? Or can you wait until your big break happens, you hit that goal, or an opportunity arises?
Since 2011, I’ve been helping creative business owners like you do these three things. And I know that together we can inject ease into the legalese of running your creative business.
Join us in the artist’s Courtyard and start discovering the most potent steps you can take today towards building a satisfying life and business.
I was a little intimidated when I looked at the register your copyright course. But by the end, it was an awesome and empowering experience. Kiffanie’s lessons are really well-executed baby steps that made everything seem doable. She even shares invaluable information like, “don’t fill in anything here or it will cost you.” I now have the knowledge and the confidence to complete this essential step to being a professional artist!
✨ discover the most effective and efficient steps you can take today towards building a satisfying life and business
✨ connect you with a community of like-minded creative business owners
✨ give you access to insider legal information tailored specifically for creative businesses
✨ simplify the complex legal jargon and to-do list so you can focus on only the legal tasks that will make an impact, not the busy work
✨ strengthen your business’ legal foundation, so it can support your life
Get guidance through online workshops, Q&A sessions, mastermind calls, and more.
Confidently tackle projects using our legal resource library and legalese translator.
Pinpoint what legal projects that will make the biggest impact based on where you are today.
Ask your questions and get answers 24/7 in our private online community. (No Facebook Groups required!)
the artist’s Courtyard isn’t the best next step for every creative business owner. That’s why membership is open only by application.
Kiffanie personally reviews each application, so she can make sure we’ve got resources (and community expertise) to help you on your path to building a satisfying life and business.
Your application will also help her guide you through the process of becoming a member, sharing your experiences with the community, and pointing you in the right direction so we can help you discover the most effective and efficient next step.
Within about one business day, she’ll review your application and reply via email with how to join or when it might be a better fit. This email will also contain suggestions on resources or questions to ask our community so you can hit the ground running and get support on your biggest roadblocks.
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?
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 pro-rated refund.
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 and legalese translator
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.
I’d love to help you decide if the artist’s Courtyard is a good fit to add ease to the legalese of running your creative business.
Leave your information below and I’ll respond to your questions within one business day.
I’ll also send more information about the artist’s Courtyard and how to schedule a Zoom call with me to assure it’s a great fit!