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Sharing T&Cs, briefs, presentations, copy guides etc?
June 26, 2012
1:07 pm
Ben Locker
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I was just chatting to Mel Fenson and she asked whether we’d considered a space to share T&Cs and similar business documents.

Good timing. I’d just been wondering whether to set up a space in which we could share useful booklets, guides, handouts, presentations etc about copywriting.

I’ve found a Wordpress plugin that essentially allows us to set up a secure intranet for members. So it’s easy to do.

But would a repository for copy and business resources be something you’d like to see — and be willing to contribute to?

If so, what else could we share between ourselves without giving it away free to the public?

Ideas please. If people like the sound of this, I’ll create it.

June 26, 2012
1:23 pm
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Well I like the sound of it! Particularly the business resources – great for copywriters just starting out.

June 26, 2012
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Sounds like a great idea. Less copy, from my perspective, because it’s all NDAs flying here there and everywhere. But certainly any other documents I have that might be useful, I’d throw them in.

June 27, 2012
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I’d be interested to see T&Cs, etc (any freelancing I do is usually seat-of-the-pants gentleman’s agreements) – and to see how other people’s briefs stack up against the constantly changing document I’m unable to trust.

June 28, 2012
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Rachel Pictor Roberts
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Definitely interested in the Ts&Cs!

June 29, 2012
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Sorry, my T&Cs were drawn up with the aid of expensive lawyers, tailored according to my brand, and are protected by copyright, so I’m not keen to share them. However, if you outsource some copywriting to me, you’ll get them free 😉 Note that this doesn’t mean you can ‘copy’ them though.

June 29, 2012
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Stephen Marsh
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Sorry, my T&Cs were drawn up with the aid of expensive lawyers, tailored according to my brand, and are protected by copyright, so I’m not keen to share them.

I always wonder about people having these things drawn up professionally. Can I be rude and ask why you decided to do it in that (presumably expensive) way?

From my experience speaking to people in bigger businesses than mine, terms and conditions are just as binding (or, once the courts get involved, not) whether they are written by a lawyer or a tradesman.

Do you find that the seal from your lawyer makes people take them more seriously?

July 1, 2012
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The lawyers added things I never would have thought of; I guess it’s their job to think of all the ‘what ifs’. I’ve only had to depend on my T&Cs once in a dispute, and they protected me then, so I think the investment was worthwhile. The challenge was that I wanted the document written in a certain way (clear and simple) while still being legally binding. In fact, a contract lawyer who became a client even uses my T&Cs as an example of ‘tone of voice’ in training courses she runs. Many clients comment favourably. Some associates have asked if they can copy certain sections. One prospect was put off using me because of them (but I didn’t want to work with him anyway).

July 1, 2012
8:56 pm
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I’m mad keen to see your T&Cs now, Jackie!

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