Want to Win a Free Business Strategy Session?

Screen shot 2013-03-11 at 4.19.09 PMWhen was the last time you heard of a lawyer giving something away for free?

Well, pigs must be flying because it’s happening.

I want to give away two free sessions of my Business Critique & Evaluation. I normally charge $295 for these sessions.

The Business Critique & Evaluation is a 60-minute strategy session aimed at helping entrepreneurs get gnawing legal questions answered so that they can get “unstuck.”

Why am I giving these sessions away? I was inspired by Chris Guillebeau, who is the author of The $100 Startup and organizer of the World Domination Summit which I’m attending this July. Chris recently published a blog post encouraging his readers to help others by giving something away for free.

So I thought: why not?

What Is the Business Critique & Evaluation?

The BC&E sessions focus on legal & business fundamentals, like legal entity structure, making sure you have the right contracts in place, employee and independent contractor issues, etc.

I focus on things like:

  • do you have a separate legal entity set up for your business? If so, is it right for the type of work you do?
  • do you have a separate business bank account? If so, is it titled in the name of the separate legal entity?
  • do you have any joint ventures or partnerships with others? If so, do you have a written agreement between you?
  • do you have written contracts with clients/customers, vendors, etc.?

My clients have said that I’m as much a business advisor as a lawyer, so you can expect that we may also talk about things like creating good systems, branding, focusing your marketing efforts, etc.

Who is it for?

Most of my clients are small business owners or entrepreneurs, with companies in the $50K-$2 million range of revenue. They are solopreneurs all the way up to entities with 15 or 20 employees.

Why Are you Really Doing This?

I want this to be as useful as possible for the biggest number of people as possible, so I want to record our discussion and make it available for others so they can benefit from the answers. Of course, we wouldn’t cover anything sensitive or of a privileged nature during the recording. But you must agree to allow me to publish the recording to quality for these sessions.

Here’s how the 60-minute session goes:

  • the first 15 minutes we cover a few basics and I get a sense of your goals and anything we shouldn’t talk about.
  • Then we do 30 minutes which I record via Skype video.
  • the last 15 minutes we do a wrap-up and I can answer any questions that you have remaining. You’ll still get 30 minutes of my time off-camera to ask any legal questions you didn’t want to ask on-camera.

How Do I Enter?

If you are interested in entering, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Join my Email List, which you can do in the right column or on the main page of this blog. (You can unsubscribe at any time after this contest.)
  2. Enter a comment below saying you’d like to be considered. To make things interesting, feel free to tell us a little bit about your business, but that’s optional.

I will pick two winners at random within two weeks of posting this blog post. Good luck!

Boring Legal Disclaimer: I’m only licensed to practice law in California. Therefore I can only advise on California law. If you do not live in California, then we’ll discuss business strategy and general legal principles rather than the specific laws of your state (for that, I’ll suggest you talk to a lawyer in your state.)