Contracts are important in everyday life, but contracts are important in blogging too!
Why Contracts are Important in Blogging
Contracts are apart of most of our transactions in life, so blogging should be no different. Bloggers need to start valuing the importance of the contract.
Why are Contracts important?
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As stated above, contracts are apart of our daily life.
Think I am kidding?
Buying a sweater at your favorite store is a contract. You are buying a piece of clothing for a certain price: that is a contract. Even a simple transaction like this is considered a contract. So it only stands to reason that a blogger makes several “contracts” a day, if if they are simple ones.
Contracts keep the “interested parties” (parties involved in the transaction) safe, they allow a recourse if someone or something goes wrong. It allows a person to have a recourse if there is a breach (a break) in the terms of the contract.
So, when you are blogging, and you are wanting to monetize or turn you blog from hobby to a business, then you need to start thinking like a a business, and businesses use contracts. They want to make sure that they are keeping, their investment, money, and time safe.
How to Start Implementing Contracts.
There are several ways to start your use of contracts in blogging. I listed a few to help you get started:
Sponsored posts are when a blogger makes a post for company in exchange for money or some type of product. If you are just starting to use contracts, then you should start by asking i the company you are about to work with has a blogger/influencer contract. Most likely they will have something for you to sign. But before you sign, make sure you know what you are signing. Look at the terms carefully. Know what you are agreeing too. Know what is expected of you, such as social media presence of the posts, how long you have to publish and anything else that may be relevant. Another thing to look for is how and when you will get paid. You don’t want to do the work for free, so know upfront when you will receive your compensation (Don’t for get to disclose that it is a sponsored post).
Are you planning to work with other bloggers? Do you know their terms and conditions? These things are important to know before hitting publish. The same as for sponsored posts: you need to know when you will have to publish, how much social media should be given and so on.
Contracts are not a scary thing. They are just unfamiliar for most people. Don’t be scared of using or asking for a contract. It is smart business, and it will help keep you safe!
****Hey there sunshine! I just wanted to let you know that yes, I am an attorney, but I am NOT YOUR ATTORNEY. The information above does not put us in an attorney-client privilege contract type setting. Even though you are reading this, it doesn’t mean that I am giving you legal advice as an attorney.ney.
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