The 3 most important things you can do to protect your freelance writing business

Even if your to-do list seems a mile long, taking steps to ensure your freelance writing business is protected from potential liabilities can’t afford to wait.

That said, it doesn’t have to be a daunting or time-consuming process. Start with these three steps and you’ll be well on your way to safeguarding your finances and your reputation.

Think proactively about professional liability risks.

Sure, thinking about risks to your business may be the last thing you want to do after pouring yourself into your work, but it’s one of the best ways to protect yourself from unexpected — and potentially super expensive — surprises (read: lawsuits) down the line.

Some of the biggest professional liability risks for freelance writers include libel, slander, defamation, copyright infringement, and errors and omissions (essentially any alleged mistakes or negligence on your part). Challenge yourself to consider all the ways your work could potentially cause clients, or third parties, a financial loss. Those are all valid concerns.

Being vigilant to minimize these risks is, of course, important; however, you can be sued for these types of claims whether you’re at fault or not and find yourself in a situation where you’re engaging legal counsel to rightfully defend your case.

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