One of the biggest challenges about having my own business is the legal aspect of things. Filing DBA’s, writing and signing contracts, potential cease and desist letters, you name it, I’ve had to research it in the past few months. Interestingly, as a blogger, I’ve had to do some legal research too.
What? Legal research for a bitty blog? Yes’m. Because any time you, a blogger, do something with a company (giveaway, review), accept ads, or even (gasp!) hire an intern, you’re actually acting as a sole proprietorship and your blog goes from total hobby to a business. Now, there are lots of posts on netiquette and such, which I’m not even going to touch– mostly because many of the people who write about those somewhat arbitrary “rules” don’t actually practice what they preach, and I realllly don’t want to get into that. However, I do want to get into actual rules and laws that could potentially have adverse effects on you and your biz/blog. This isn’t a preachy list of things you should/shouldn’t do…but these are things I’ve learned and that you should at least be aware of as a blogger and businessperson!
Curious? Here goes.