Jun 20, 2019
Today’s guest is Ashlee Hightower. Ashlee is an attorney for creatives and the owner of Contracts for Creatives as well as Cobalt Chronicles. In this episode, she talks about what we’re missing in our contracts as freelancers, as well as what we need to do to protect ourselves, protect our businesses, and make sure we’re getting the most out of our contracts.
Ashlee began her career as an attorney working at a large, national law firm. After a few years, she moved into the corporate world (freeing up a lot of her time) and began reading local blogs to find out about things going on in her city, Washington D.C.
Intrigued by the idea of a blog, Ashlee started her own travel and wellness blog. This foray into the creative world allowed Ashlee to connect with more creatives in the D.C. area. She soon realized that many of them were having trouble with contracts, or were afraid of them, because they seemed to complicate the creative process.
As people began to come to her with questions about contracts, word got out and her new business, Contracts for Creatives, was born.
This episode is crucial. It’s one of those things you don’t want to mess around with in your freelance business and that’s why I brought Ashlee onto the show. She has all the education, the background, the knowledge to give us the right advice to create the best contracts we can.
“In the creative space, it’s very important that the intellectual property rights are outlined thoroughly in your contract and that you’re aware of what rights you’re giving away to a client.”