• Mikaela Vargas

The Contract You Didn’t Know Was Required On Your Pet Business Website

Updated: Oct 30, 2020


Legal.


It’s a topic most of us never want to discuss. It’s unfamiliar, overwhelming, nerve-racking, and most of all, expensive.


But, it’s also non-negotiable when you’re running a business, regardless of whether you’re a dog walker, a pet shop owner, a veterinarian, or a pet photographer.


Many business owners are intimidated by legal jargon, which contracts they need to run their business, how to protect themselves...the list goes on and on. When it comes to contracts, it can be overwhelming to figure out what to include, how to word things, and what steps need to be taken in order to legally protect yourself and your business.


I totally get it - that was one of the scariest pieces for me when starting my business. But, I KNEW it would be worth the investment for the peace of mind that I’d be protected. So I set out to find an affordable way to do so and came across Annette Stepanian, a lawyer for creatives and entrepreneurs and the founder of Your Legal BFF (she’s like a real-life Elle Woods, guys!).



She was the first person that I came across that offered a different way of handling the legal matters in your business when it comes to contracts. Instead of paying your life’s worth in lawyer fees, she’s set up contract templates for entrepreneurs at a more affordable pricepoint. You’re able to download the contract along with her step-by-step instructions to customize the contract to your business. Easy peasy!


SO, what contracts do you need?


Depending on your type of pet business, this varies substantially. However, as a web designer, there is a type of contract that most, if not ALL businesses need (at least businesses with websites).


If you take information from anyone that comes on your website, whether it be:

  • A contact form

  • You link to a third-party software that collects your user’s information (i.e. a booking software)

  • An email subscribe box asking for people’s names and email addresses

  • You use Facebook Ads and have installed a Facebook Pixel on your website

  • You use Google Analytics or any other website analytics tool


Then, it is technically required to have a Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy on your website.


(Disclosure: In no way am I a lawyer or attempti