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Why there is a gap in my blog posts…

December 28, 2018

Providing updated information for businesses is part of what I do.  But I didn’t post anything for the last half of 2018. This is Why… I was involved in a car accident.  I was not seriously hurt, but I was injured enough to need a few months to get back into shape.  During this time,…

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July 30, 2018

Friends don’t SPAM friends – don’t be that person You accept a friend request from someone you are in a Facebook group with.  Then it starts – you receive promotional material through messenger… is this ok?  I didn’t think being friends with someone meant that they could send me promotional messages…can they? NO they CANNOT!…

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Do I have to give a refund?

June 8, 2018

You have an upset customer and they are demanding a refund. You’ve tried to explain your position, you’ve referred to your terms, but what do you do?  Ultimately, the law says if you have to give a refund a not.  This blog is to help you guide you through understanding whether you have to give…

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Get the low-down on online service packages

April 27, 2018

I am creating an online package for my service offering, what do I need to know? Service providers are more commonly packaging up services to be purchased online.  It is important to understand that you can’t compromise your legal obligations when streamlining your services this way.  Here are my top tips when selling online service…

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Learn what service providers must do to satisfy consumer guarantees.

March 29, 2018

The consumer law applies automatically to every business that operates in Australia.  It creates a base level of guarantees that must be satisfied when conducting business.  These guarantees apply to businesses that deal directly with consumers and in business to business transactions where the cost is less than $40,000.00. The thing about these guarantees is…

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What are the legal considerations for co-working spaces?

February 24, 2018

I love a co-work space!  If only confidentiality requirements didn’t stop me working in a one.  They are popping up more and more as a solution for small businesses and expanding to shared spaces for trades and creative businesses. There are key legal concepts you need to understand when running a co-work space of any…

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Data Breach Reporting laws and what they mean for small business

January 29, 2018

You may have heard about the new laws in place for reporting data breaches.  The laws are quite complex so here is my break down for what small businesses need to know 1. Do they apply? The laws are part of the Privacy Act.  Generally the Privacy Act only applies where a business has a…

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Got an online market place? Learn what legal documents you need

December 27, 2017

You’ve decided to create an online market place to connect consumers with service providers.  This means, essentially you are acting as a middle man.  That’s great, but the fact that your service is connecting people doesn’t mean it is all care and no responsibility. There are several legal documents you will need for legal protection.…

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Learn why terms and conditions are crucial for your business

November 24, 2017

While every business is different, as a lawyer I would always recommend you consider having terms and conditions, a contract or agreement for your business’s products or services,  with the other people that you work with, your customers or suppliers. Here are the reasons why you have terms and conditions in your business, regardless of…

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Employee vs. Sub Contractor – Which option is right for your busineses?

September 25, 2017

In my work with small businesses, I’m often asked to advise clients if they should hire an employee or engage a sub-contractor when their business is at a stage of bringing someone else on. And it is really important to get legal advice on employees and subcontractors and how the law works. Basically, it’s not…

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