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Simplifying the contract process for photographers with Picr

Simplifying the contract process for photographers   I’m excited to introduce y’all to Picr, an online photography management system. There are a few things I wanted to highlight about how Picr streamlines and simplifies managing your photography business. But first, watch this video about Picr … Contract signing and invoicing in Picr Upload your existing...
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What is GDPR & how does it affect your photography business?

  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the new data protection law that will take effect on May 25, 2018 in all 28 European Union (EU) countries. So how does this impact your photography business based in the US or elsewhere outside of the EU? These important changes may impact the services you use to...
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The new tax law and your photography business

It’s likely you’ve heard about the new tax legislation – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – and that it will impact you as a business owner. But do you know how the new tax law and your photography business will interact with each other? Firstly, you need to make sure you understand the type...
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Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters: legal preparations

Natural disasters strike with little warning. The last year has seen hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes and that’s barely scratching the surface. Many photographers affected by natural disasters have found themselves facing challenges they never could have considered. The statistics from the Small Business Administration suggest that one-third of the business affected by natural disasters never...
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What to do if someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business

You’ve discovered that someone is pretending to be an employee of your photography business? Or that someone is pretending to represent your company? Does this sound like you: First you got mad, then you were annoyed, and then you tried to figure out how to get them to stop? So what to do if someone...
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What if I am not vaccinated as a photographer?

What if I am an unvaccinated photographer? Do I have to declare my vaccination status to clients? You may have heard about a recent news story featuring a photographer who brought their allegedly unvaccinated toddler to a newborn shoot. It sparked conversations and arguments both within the photography community and among parents and those on...
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Should photography contracts be signed with your name or business name?

Running a successful business is not always easy and it requires you to have a good balance of personal touch and necessary formality. Don’t let personal relationships cause you to avoid necessary business practices. How you sign your business contracts is extremely important because you need to show your clients and the world that your...
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5 Reasons to NOT be a sole proprietorship

Many times people start out in the creative field part time or with great uncertainty as to whether they are going to “make it” in business.  For these reasons, many of you may be sitting on a dangerous risk pile of sole proprietorship (SP) formation. Yes, because I will undoubtedly get emails saying there is...
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What to know when hiring a CPA or attorney for your photography business

Outsourcing some of the more technical components of your business to another professional such as a certified public accountant or attorney can be daunting for many reasons including cost, trust, and even loss of control. For most small business owners, however, it signifies the growth and success of your business up to this point and...
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Making the most of tax deductions for donated products and services

  As a Photographer, or as part of your Photography business, you may be asked to participate in any of the above by donating goods and services. It may even be part of your marketing or operating plan to give back to your community in some or all of these ways. How do you best...
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5 Reasons your photo biz needs to be an LLC

Running a photography business can be overwhelming, scary, and down-right frustrating sometimes. The goal here, at TheLawTog, is to help you protect yourself so you don’t have to be sucked into frightening and resource-sucking issues. One of the biggest ways you can protect your photography business, and yourself personally, is through the formation of your...
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7 Ways photographers can utilize online forms for efficiency

If you’re like most photographers, you’ve long ago figured out that the best part of being a professional isn’t trying to find new clients or manage requests; it’s taking pictures. But still, you can’t be a successful photographer without dirtying your hands with the everyday operational aspects of running a business. So consider an online...
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Top 10 Tools for Your Photography Business

I’ve searched high and low, near and far…okay…so I haven’t. I just sat down on my monthly admin day and made a list of some of my absolute favorite, must-have tools to help my business run smoothly. Besides having a (shameless plug) lawyer-drafted, photographer-approved photography contract from TheLawTog®, I recommend these for your business in...
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8 tools TheLawTog has that you didn’t know you need

Choosing what you need to protect and grow your business is overwhelming. At TheLawTog® we have TONS Of tools from contracts to tax tools and business guides. I want to share with you some business tools that were created just for photographers…but many of you don’t know about.   These are items that have arisen...
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Is It Okay To Use Other People’s Photos for Educational Purposes

It has probably happened to every single one of us.  You wake up one morning, open your Facebook feed or Instagram and see an amazing photograph that someone has posted. Sometimes, the photograph is a share and you can trace it back to the original source.  Other times, someone has just copied someone else’s photograph...
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How to build business affiliations for your photography business

Have you ever noticed when you’re out in public that crowds tend to gather?  Traffic backs up for no reason in certain spots? This is because humans are creatures who naturally want and gravitate towards companionship. To be around the group and others – even if subconsciously. If you look around the world you’ll see natural pairings and companionships in...
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How using photography contract templates can save you money

Using photography contract templates can save you time and money. Starting up any business is a costly endeavor; this is especially true in the photography industry. Startup costs can be astronomical due to having to secure the correct equipment and ensuring it is of professional quality. Also, a startup has a lot of moving parts which have to...
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The Ultimate Tax Deduction Purchase Guide for Photographers

As the year end approaches all small business owners should start thinking about tax deductions!   Depending on the business structure and tax liability some income taxes may already have been paid, for others they haven’t paid a dime. This is where your business savings and tax deductions come in! Take a gander at the...
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Why photographers should require a “Deposit” Or “Retainer” & which word to use

It is best practice as a photographer to clearly establish your deposit/retainer policy within the terms and conditions of your contract. In fact, a deposit/retainer policy is an essential contract policy for a successful photography business.  Before we talk about the terms “deposit” and “retainer”, let’s first talk about why you should be requiring an...
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Quick Legal Checklist: How to start a photography business- the right way!

Starting a photography business is exciting, but setting up business is so super important! We need to make sure you’re on the right path!   This high-level checklist is great EVERYONE.  The hobbyist considering going legal The newbie wanting a guide The advanced photographer running their yearly audit These are the steps you need to...
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