Laura E. Cowan, Esq., CPA

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One of the most difficult transitions for entrepreneurs to make is going from “doing” to “leading.” ✨

As a new business owner, you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and team members may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. 

But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader’s title is painfully evident.

To raise the ceiling of your business' potential, you need to extend your presence through the actions of others, engaging people so that they contribute their best work to your shared priorities.

This means delegating. ❤️👑🔌

To set the scene for effective delegation, make sure you express why something is important to you, confirm that your expectations for the work have been clearly communicated, ask how much of your involvement they need, and practice saying no.

Don’t let a focus on execution hold you back from the big-picture work of leading.

If you delegate with these principles in mind, the work will get done, because the right people will be focused on the right tasks. 🔥
One of the most difficult transitions for entrepreneurs to make is going from “doing” to “leading.” ✨ As a new business owner, you can get away with holding on to work. Peers and team members may even admire your willingness to keep “rolling up your sleeves” to execute tactical assignments. But as your responsibilities become more complex, the difference between an effective leader and a super-sized individual contributor with a leader’s title is painfully evident. To raise the ceiling of your business' potential, you need to extend your presence through the actions of others, engaging people so that they contribute their best work to your shared priorities. This means delegating. ❤️👑🔌 To set the scene for effective delegation, make sure you express why something is important to you, confirm that your expectations for the work have been clearly communicated, ask how much of your involvement they need, and practice saying no. Don’t let a focus on execution hold you back from the big-picture work of leading. If you delegate with these principles in mind, the work will get done, because the right people will be focused on the right tasks. 🔥
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What passions inspire your business? I want to hear about it! 👇
What passions inspire your business? I want to hear about it! 👇
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It's tempting, I know! We all need a Will, and my clients often ask me, can't I just do it on Legal Zoom? What's the difference, anyway?

And the answers is...YES! You can do your Will or Trust on Legal Zoom. You just want to be sure you understand what you are getting.

Legal Zoom and law firms are two different things. They offer two different products. That’s why the price is different. 

Legal Zoom offers template forms that you fill out and execute yourself. You may or may not get it right. A lot of issues will not be brought up. They'll go over the basics and that's it. You aren't getting legal advice; you are getting a template document. 

An attorney, on the other hand, is going to give you legal advice, create custom documents, make sure they are signed with the proper legal formalities, and answer the phone when you have questions. If these things are important to you, you should work with an attorney on your Will or Trust. If they are not, Legal Zoom is another option. It’s up to you to decide!

If you’d like to work with an attorney on your Will or Trust, DM me! We work with families in NY, NJ, MN, and FL 🌟🔌👑
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It's tempting, I know! We all need a Will, and my clients often ask me, can't I just do it on Legal Zoom? What's the difference, anyway? And the answers is...YES! You can do your Will or Trust on Legal Zoom. You just want to be sure you understand what you are getting. Legal Zoom and law firms are two different things. They offer two different products. That’s why the price is different. Legal Zoom offers template forms that you fill out and execute yourself. You may or may not get it right. A lot of issues will not be brought up. They'll go over the basics and that's it. You aren't getting legal advice; you are getting a template document. An attorney, on the other hand, is going to give you legal advice, create custom documents, make sure they are signed with the proper legal formalities, and answer the phone when you have questions. If these things are important to you, you should work with an attorney on your Will or Trust. If they are not, Legal Zoom is another option. It’s up to you to decide! If you’d like to work with an attorney on your Will or Trust, DM me! We work with families in NY, NJ, MN, and FL 🌟🔌👑 . . #lawyersofinstagram #biztips #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #brand #entrepreneur #entrepreneurlife
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Did you know that the minute you hit “publish” on your website, you are exposing yourself to legal liability? 👩‍💻😱

If you have a business website, there are privacy and accessibility laws that you have to follow. And you are also at risk of being sued by a user who claims they were harmed in some way by your site. 

These 3 legal notices will help you abide by the law AND minimize your risk of getting sued!! 🎉🔥🔌 These should all be linked somewhere on your site, usually at the very bottom. 

If you don’t have them, here are some tips: 

🔌Privacy Policy - this is a legal notice where you tell users what personal info you collect from them and what you do with it. Even if all you do is collect a first name and email for your newsletter, you are REQUIRED BY LAW to post a privacy policy telling users that 👩🏻‍⚖️⚖️

🔌Terms + Conditions - this is a legal notice to protect you, the business owner. It tells site users the rules they have to follow if they want to use your site. It also protects your rights to the intellectual property on the site (think logo and content).

🔌Disclaimer - this legal notice also protects you, the business owner. It tells users what you are NOT responsible for. For example, a health coach may have a disclaimer saying they are not responsible if a user tries one of their recipes and gets sick as a result.

Want to learn more? DM me! 🔥
Did you know that the minute you hit “publish” on your website, you are exposing yourself to legal liability? 👩‍💻😱 If you have a business website, there are privacy and accessibility laws that you have to follow. And you are also at risk of being sued by a user who claims they were harmed in some way by your site. These 3 legal notices will help you abide by the law AND minimize your risk of getting sued!! 🎉🔥🔌 These should all be linked somewhere on your site, usually at the very bottom. If you don’t have them, here are some tips: 🔌Privacy Policy - this is a legal notice where you tell users what personal info you collect from them and what you do with it. Even if all you do is collect a first name and email for your newsletter, you are REQUIRED BY LAW to post a privacy policy telling users that 👩🏻‍⚖️⚖️ 🔌Terms + Conditions - this is a legal notice to protect you, the business owner. It tells site users the rules they have to follow if they want to use your site. It also protects your rights to the intellectual property on the site (think logo and content). 🔌Disclaimer - this legal notice also protects you, the business owner. It tells users what you are NOT responsible for. For example, a health coach may have a disclaimer saying they are not responsible if a user tries one of their recipes and gets sick as a result. Want to learn more? DM me! 🔥
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Data privacy has become more and more important in recent years. 🔌⚡

As a business owner with a website, there are certain laws you have to follow to protect both yourself as a business owner and the people visiting your site. 📣 One of those laws is notifying users about what personal information you collect from them and what you do with it. 

You do this with a privacy policy. 

What is a privacy policy? 🤔 It is a notice you place on your website that outlines how your company stores, handles and protects the personal information it collects from customers and visitors to its websites or mobile applications. 

Regardless of how you collect customer data, the privacy policy is where consumers curious about your company’s data practices and procedures should find an answer to their questions. 

Do you need a privacy policy? YES 💥🎯

If you collect personal information from site users, the answer is YES. Privacy policies are needed to comply with federal regulations and local laws regarding data protection. 

How do you get a privacy policy? That’s where I can help! Let me know your questions and we’ll chat in the DMs!
Data privacy has become more and more important in recent years. 🔌⚡ As a business owner with a website, there are certain laws you have to follow to protect both yourself as a business owner and the people visiting your site. 📣 One of those laws is notifying users about what personal information you collect from them and what you do with it. You do this with a privacy policy. What is a privacy policy? 🤔 It is a notice you place on your website that outlines how your company stores, handles and protects the personal information it collects from customers and visitors to its websites or mobile applications. Regardless of how you collect customer data, the privacy policy is where consumers curious about your company’s data practices and procedures should find an answer to their questions. Do you need a privacy policy? YES 💥🎯 If you collect personal information from site users, the answer is YES. Privacy policies are needed to comply with federal regulations and local laws regarding data protection. How do you get a privacy policy? That’s where I can help! Let me know your questions and we’ll chat in the DMs!
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