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5 ways for Entrepreneurs to Wind Down Before the Holidays

By Darielle Teitelbaum

5 ways for Entrepreneurs to Wind Down Before the Holidays
As an entrepreneur, it can be very challenging to find a healthy work-life balance. With the goal of growing your business, the hustle-culture that many entrepreneurs thrive on can quickly lead to burnout. Luckily, there are ways to stay driven while also prioritizing things you enjoy and your mental health!

As we head into the holidays and wrap up 2021, here are five ways to wind down that won’t feel like you’re sacrificing precious business time. You deserve a break!

  1. Start the day with ‘morning pages’

Do you ever feel like your brain’s hard drive is full or that you need to clear your mental cache? Get all the thoughts that are taking up valuable space out on paper. Before you start your day, take ten minutes to write out anything and everything that comes to mind stream-of-consciousness style. Don’t get caught up in your penmanship or making sure it’s perfect. Just get it out! 

  1. Eat a good, FULL meal

You’re busy, we totally get it. But you should never be too busy to fuel your body with a nutritious meal. We’re big fans of small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep our energy up and the hangry at bay. This will also help you avoid feeling completely beat after dinner time since you’ll be fuelling up consistently, keeping your blood sugar stable. One of our favourite things to make are snack plates with a variety of fruits and veggies, different proteins, and healthy fats like nuts or avocado! It’s like a day-time charcuterie board. 

  1. Get comfortable saying no. 

Overcommitting can happen in a split second as an entrepreneur. You’re growing your business and capitalizing on new opportunities feels like a no-brainer.  Listen to your intuition on this one. If someone asks you to do something, work related or not, listen to what your gut tells you. If you start to feel a pang of anxiety, it’s a good indicator that you should pass, otherwise you’re on a one-way train to burnout town. 

  1. Get festive!

Whether it’s through seasonal activities like skating, skiing, making holiday crafts, or watching a good ol’ hallmark movie, these activities will pull you away from your phone or laptop and force you to be in the present moment. 

  1. Set an out-of-office notification, and stick to it!

This can be really challenging if you’re starting a business on your own or only have yourself to rely on. However, most folks take a break over the winter holidays and you can, and should, too! Ride the collective wave and take time off so you can come back stronger in the new year. Think of it as shutting down your computer and restarting it with a fresh update!

 

It’s easy to feel like you’re working 24/7 as an entrepreneur.  This holiday, give yourself the gift of a well-deserved break. We’ll be here to cheer you on in the new year and support you with your legal needs with our amazing contract templates.

Email hello@awecontracts.com to find out which contract kit or single template is best suited to protect you and your business! That is, once you've taken time for yourself and are ready to put legal in place :)

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Contracts You Need as a Freelancer

By Darielle Teitelbaum

Contracts You Need as a Freelancer
As a freelancer, the excitement of landing a new client can lead to rushing into projects without having a legal contract in place. While it might feel tempting to skip the formalities and jump right into it, not having your client sign a contract can have serious consequences in the long run. To help you get started, we’ve gathered 5 key contracts to consider as a freelancer with links to lawyer-drafted templates that you can download and use the same day. We are reducing the guess work so you can feel protected and professional! 

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Ready to Start Outsourcing? Here’s What You Need to Know.

By Darielle Teitelbaum

Ready to Start Outsourcing? Here’s What You Need to Know.
It can feel challenging to take a break as an entrepreneur or find extra time when building your business. Outsourcing is a great way to protect your energy and grow your biz with the help of other specialized professionals! Outsourcing parts of your business rather than hiring your own employees to undertake these tasks can help you decrease costs, delegate assignments, and ultimately increase profit. But before you take the plunge, it’s important to understand the legal requirements and risks associated with it. 

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How businesses can make the most of operating during a pandemic

By Darielle Teitelbaum

How businesses can make the most of operating during a pandemic
Embrace this second lockdown and continue to grow during COVID-19 and take the time to adjust your business, especially as we head into the winter months. There’s so much that can be done virtually, so check out our tips to adjust your business and have solid lawyer-drafted contracts to ensure you're legally protected and set up to thrive. 

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Why Using Free Online Contract Templates is a Bad Idea

By Darielle Teitelbaum

entrepreneur free contract template

Contracts aka legally binding written agreements are a very important component to any successful business. They protect you and your work and set a professional standard for your business. While it’s enticing to save money by using free templates you find online, they could ultimately lead to very costly problems in the future. A good contract is one that is drafted by a licensed lawyer with expertise in your business area and is tailored to your business and best practices. At AWE Contracts, we offer just that, templates that have been drafted by a lawyer and made for your industry!

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Why Photographers Need a Photography Contract to Protect Themselves!

By Darielle Teitelbaum

Photographer
Every photographer and videographer needs a legal contract in place, not only does it protect you and your work, but it also sets a professional standard for your business. Within this legal contract, you set out your terms and conditions as well as your processes and expectations (think payment schedule, what a client will receive, image licensing and ownership, when you’ll deliver the final products, number of edits, etc.). It also provides security in knowing that your client is invested in your business and won’t flake last minute. If there’s no agreement in place and no deposit paid to retain you for your work, there’s nothing stopping someone from walking away or worse, ghosting you. 

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