9 Legal, Business and Entrepreneurial Tips to Help You Start and Build Your Online Business

jon mitchell jackson 400While facts tell and emotional stories sell, incorporating these into a digital footprint and unique brand will help you build a dynasty!” -Mitch Jackson, Esq.

If you’re going to take your offline business online or, start a new business on the digital platforms, there are 9 things I think you need to know, understand and do. My recommendations are based on 33 years of practicing law, starting and running my own successful businesses, and helping clients start hundreds of new companies. Many insights are also premised around my own experiences relating to our firm’s online presence since 1996.

Before we get started, please remember that although I am a California trial attorney, and a pretty good one at that, I’m not your attorney. This is not legal advice. Also, the laws in each state are different so please contact an experienced attorney in your state to discuss questions, legal needs and options (need help finding a good lawyer? Here’s an easy and inexpensive way that I recommend to help you get legal advice and help in all 50 states)


DO BUSINESS AS A CORPORATION OR LLC

Whether you know it or not, the real question in today’s business world isn’t if you’ll be sued? It’s when will you be sued? According to recent statistics, the average small business owner will be sued at least 3 times during his or her business lifetime. Knowing this, I encourage you to please be smart, plan ahead, and take steps to protect yourself and your business before something bad happens.

Corporations and Limited Liability Companies (LLC) allow you to put a protective shield between your business liabilities and personal assets. If you correctly set up, run and manage your company (and that’s a big if), your personal assets will be protected if a claim or lawsuit is ever brought against your business.

Most people don’t set up their corporations and LLCs correctly. Those who do often times drop the ball down the line when it comes to managing the entity. Their are numerous filing, registration, legal, tax and insurance requirements that all must be setup and managed correctly over the long-term. The point of this article is to make you aware of the business entity options and that these requirements exist. An experienced professional in your city and state can hold your hand and make sure you do everything correctly.

One more thing. In my opinion you should never do business as a sole proprietor (an individual) or general partnership. For the above reasons (and many more), there’s just too much liability attached to doing so. Doing business as a sole proprietor is by far the biggest mistake I see people make when doing business online. Instead, form a corporation or LLC and do business as a legal business entity. Continue reading “9 Legal, Business and Entrepreneurial Tips to Help You Start and Build Your Online Business”

HOW TO SAVE TIME AND BUILD YOUR BRAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT SPENDING A TON OF MONEY!

13 Quick and Easy Ways to Create Top-Of-Mind Awareness by Repurposing Content on the Digital Platforms.

The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Business Owners, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs book by Mitch Jackson
In Chapter 30 of my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Business Owners, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs,” I shared 13 ways you can save time by creating original content once, and then repurposing that content across the social media platforms. It’s my pleasure to share this chapter (slightly modified) here with you. Enjoy!
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I believe social media is all about sharing good content, helping others, and building relationships. Building a well-known brand, bringing in new clients and customers, and increasing your income come from engaging, caring and providing value.

My general rule is that only 20% of my posts on social media are about my law firm or me. The other 80% are focused on sharing valuable tips, helping others, and curating good third party content that I believe will be useful to my audience.

Regardless of what kind of posts I’m publishing, I always try to share part or all of each post on as many different relevant platforms as possible. This allows me to add value to more people than just posting in one place and, it also helps me get the most amount of exposure for my brand, in the least amount of time. If you’re like me, protecting my time is always an important goal.

Several Initial Thoughts

Before we get started, remember that in today’s digital world, we’re all media companies. Having a digital presence is critically important. Producing, sharing useful content, and engaging with others is mandatory to build your brand and long-term success.

It’s also important to understand and appreciate the fact that while content is king, context and personality are everything. Each platform is different (some more than others), so care must be taken to post and share the right content, in the right way, to the right platforms.

Use the approaches shared in my book to help you create helpful and engaging content. Feel free to duplicate the process I share below to save time and expand your sphere of influence by repurposing quality content quickly, easily and on as many different relevant platforms as possible.

Please note that while I’ll be using a website or blog post as an example of the original content that is being repurposed, the same approach applies if your original content is a video, podcast, or any other kind of content that can be read, listened to, or viewed on social media.

Step #1: Website and Blog

Create and share personal and professional news, updates or other helpful content in a properly written blog post. Once again, for purposes of this post, your original content may be a video on YouTube, a post on Facebook, or even a podcast. The same approach applies.

Use effective headings and appropriate keywords. Use an emotional story format and write in your own voice. Try to avoid professional and industry-specific jargon if possible. Make the post interesting and easy to read. Increase interaction by always including a picture, graphic or video.

If you’re creating social media content like all the other business owners and professionals out there, then you’re probably doing things the wrong way. Be yourself and unique. Share your art. Use the communication tips I share in the 19 chapters found in the third section of my book (“Part Three: Social Media Communication and Success Tips”) to stand out, make your point, and get people to take action.

By the way, if you don’t have a quality website or blog, then get this done. This needs to be a high priority. Everyone is going mobile (smartphones and tablets) so make sure your site is mobile responsive (no exceptions). For more tips and details, see Thomas Wallin’s chapter on websites and chapters by Chris Brogan and Nick Rishwain of Experts.com on blogging.

Step #2: Twitter

Share the catchy caption or heading of the social media content you just created, together with a short descriptive sentence, on Twitter. Include a link back to your original blog post. Tag people or companies you referenced in the original post and use one or more relevant hashtags.

Pictures attract attention and create more engagement. As such, add the image you used in your initial content to your tweet. If you don’t have a picture, use one of the free or inexpensive paid online services to grab an image that relates to your story. Better yet, take and use your own picture that relates to the original content.

One of my favorite ways to create a picture or video with my tweet is to capture a picture or clip of a video (screenshot) from my blog post using my computer shortcut (Shift-Command-4) or QuickTimePlayer on a Mac, use “Jing” or SnagIt by TechSmith.

Continue reading “HOW TO SAVE TIME AND BUILD YOUR BRAND ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITHOUT SPENDING A TON OF MONEY!”

Social Media Day San Diego 2019

Mitch Jackson at Social Media Day San Diego

Together with some other very talented people, I’ll be sharing the latest #socialmedia and digital biz/legal trends and “best practices” tips next week at Social Media Day San Diego. If you’re going, please make sure to reach out and say hi. If you haven’t picked up your ticket, the sales price ends June 18th. Click here for more details and tickets! https://socialmediadaysandiego.com/ #smdaysd

We’re Moving on June 1st!

Mitch Jackson at Jackson and Wilson Inc

We Have a New Home! Click here for more pictures on our Facebook Page.

After 17 years of being located in our Laguna Hills office, Lisa and I are excited to announce that as of June 1, 2019, we are relocating our law firm to the beautiful TechSpace building at 65 Enterprise Aliso Viejo, CA 92656. Other than our physical and mailing address (see above), all of our contact numbers and online contact information will remain the same.

The property is easily accessible for all Orange County residents. In addition to what we’ve always provided here at the firm, our new location adds 7 additional conference rooms, a full service café, and two beautiful lounge areas for clients and guests. As a side benefit, we’re right across the street from the world-class Renaissance Club Sport Hotel and Fitness Spa. Yes, we’ll be getting in our workouts before and after court!

We can’t wait for all of our clients to see the new location for the first time. Here are several pictures of what we’ll be offering for many years to come. To learn more about our firm, please visit Jackson and Wilson Inc.

Listen- Can You Tell The Difference? Artificial Intelligence, Fake Audios, Pics and Videos

I just watched a video from AI startup Dessa. Several of its engineers created a voice clone, perfectly mimicking the sound (tone, word choice, voice inflection…) of podcaster, comedian and MMA-commentator, Joe Rogan. Watch and listen here.

Can you tell the difference between the real Joe Rogan and the AI Joe Rogan? Are you as blown away by this AI technology as I am?

These are fascinating times. I’m a big fan of tech but, as a trial lawyer who thinks about foundation and authenticity evidentiary issues during trial, I’m concerned that many lawyers, judges and jurors, are going to be intentionally mislead by this kind of technology. People and companies are going to win and lose cases, and some will go to jail, because of fake evidence created with these AI tools.

I talked about similar technology in my 2017 blog post, “Fake News, Adobe VoCo and Authenticating Evidence” and also the positive side of using tech in trial in my 2016 post “Using Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Sensory Devices in the Courtroom!”

Even video is being altered every single day. Here’s a good example to help remind everyone that what you think you’re hearing and seeing may not actually depict the truth.

One of the reasons I agreed to be a contributing expert to our California State Bar’s “Effective Introduction of Evidence in California- Chapter 54 Electronic and Social Media Evidence” was to highlight these issues and, show lawyers how to protect the best interests of their clients. As technology gets better and better, so will the challenge of figuring out the difference between fact and fiction. The more we all know about this new AI, the better off we’ll be as a society.

I hope I’ve given you a few things to think about. Enjoy the rest of your day and make this weekend your masterpiece!

P.S.  Yes, it’s really me, and not an AI bot, writing this post 😉

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Mitch JacksonMitch Jackson is an award winning California trial lawyer. He’s also a business, legal, and digital consultant, speaker and founder of the LegalMinds Mastermind. Mitch is the author of “The Ultimate Guide to Social Media for Business Owners, Professionals and Entrepreneurs.”

Mitch’s Interview on “The Growth Goal Podcast”

I really enjoyed sharing some of my very best business and social media success tips on THE GROWTH GOAL podcast hosted by the amazing Alycia Mitchell Kinchloe, Esq. It’s live! Click here to listen!