Creativepreneur Protection 101: Building a Secure Creative Business | MMCB Podcast Episode #7

Minding My Creative Business Podcast

Feb 19 2024 • 52 mins


Welcome to another insightful episode of the "Mind My Creative Business" podcast, catering to the creative entrepreneurs out there. In this episode, hosts ShySpeaks and Ronald Lee Jr. delve into crucial strategies for protecting your creative endeavors both internally and externally.


Navigating the world of creative entrepreneurship requires a unique set of skills, including safeguarding your ideas, time, and brand. ShySpeaks and Ronald Lee Jr. share their experiences and practical advice on establishing boundaries, implementing contracts, securing deposits, managing reviews, and leveraging non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) to fortify your creative business.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Protecting Your Time:
  • Setting boundaries to safeguard your creative and personal time.
  • Recognizing the importance of balance to prevent burnout.
  • Contract and Agreement Frameworks:
  • The significance of having a contract in place for creative services.
  • Simplifying contracts and obtaining legal approval for repeated use.
  • Collecting Deposits and Milestone Payments:
  • Utilizing deposits to secure commitment from clients.
  • Implementing milestone payments for ongoing projects to ensure fair compensation.
  • Review Management and Customer Service:
  • Acknowledging the impact of online reviews on your creative business.
  • Prioritizing customer service to enhance customer experience.
  • Screening Clients:
  • Developing a screening process to filter clients and align with your business structure.
  • Setting expectations early in the client relationship to avoid potential conflicts.
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs):
  • Utilizing NDAs to protect your intellectual property and confidential information.
  • Integrating NDAs when sharing ideas with potential partners, managers, or publicists.

00:00 - Intro & Welcome

00:23 - Topic Introduction: Protect My Creative

00:53 - Internal Protection: Starting with Ourselves

01:12 - The Importance of Systems and Processes

02:14 - Delving into Internal Protection: Strategy and Self-Development

02:35 - Entity Formation, Insurance, and Intellectual Property

03:51 - Breaking Down Entity Structures and Protection

05:50 - The Significance of Insurance in Protecting Creatives

08:39 - Ongoing Protection: Intellectual Property Rights

15:11 - The Value of Legal Advice and CPA Guidance

16:22 - Addressing Customer Experience and Service

27:28 - Commercial Break & Merchandise Announcement

27:32 - Transitioning to External Protection

28:26 - Standard Contracts and Customary Agreements

30:08 - Deposits and Milestone Payments

36:04 - Online Presence Management

37:22 - Utilizing Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)

49:02 - Recap and Closing Thoughts

52:35 - Closing Mantra and Goodbye


As creative entrepreneurs, it's imperative to act as true entrepreneurs by implementing these strategies for internal and external protection. The hosts emphasize the importance of taking steps to safeguard time, creativity, intellectual property, and reputation. By adhering to these principles, creative entrepreneurs can foster a secure and thriving business.


Ready to be a true Guardian of Creativity? Join the MMCB community, subscribe to the newsletter, and grab your Protective Strategies Workbook to fortify your creative empire. Embrace your role as a defender of your craft, and let the creative guarding commence!...