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USE THIS, NOT THAT March clean beauty roundup

Alright my clean beauty babes, it’s time for another roundup. March marked the beginning of our journey in to clean beauty, ditching dirty products, swapping them for clean ones, and educating ourselves on ingredients and learning just exactly is in our beauty products. This all started because I downloaded the Think Dirty app and went to town scanning in our bathroom products and became freaked out because of what I was putting on my skin. It’s freaky stuff, babes, freaky, freaky stuff.

But! Thanks to a little digging, ditching, and trial and error, I present to you the first ever Use This, Not That clean beauty roundup. Ideally, I want to do these every month and showcase new, clean products that work just as well as your tried and true beauty favorites, just this time without all the icky chemicals.

Meow Meow Tweet Body Cream

I’ve talked about this cream before and I will talk about it again and again because it is truly amazing. It’s different than a normal lotion in that it isn’t creamy, more solidified like a coconut oil, but man is it amazing. Rub a little bit of this on after the shower and you feel soft and subtle all day long. Seriously, it’s totally worth it.

SWAP FOR: Jergens

Pacific Mint Natural Toothpaste

If you are looking for a natural toothpaste, I really love this guy. It’s refreshing and lightly minty and cleans amazingly!

SWAP FOR: Colgate Advanced Whitening

Glossier Super Pure Serum

Everyone and their mother is obsessed with Glossier right now and truthfully, you should be too. I use their Super Pure serum for my acne-prone skin, but each of the three – Super Pure, Super Glow, Super Bounce – are all equally amazing. Not greasy or slimy, the serum blends easily and absorbs within a few seconds, leaving your skin feeling super (sorry, I had to!) Plus, with minimal ingredients, it’s a major clean win.

SWAP FOR: H20+, Caudalie, Clarins, Lancome face serums

Beauty Counter Dew Skin

Another skin care line you’ve probably been hearing left and right is Beauty Counter, and again, it’s because they are absolutely killing the organic, clean, not weird beauty game. Now, this Dew Skin is everything you ever wanted if your goal is the Non-makeup, makeup look. If you want glowing skin that says, “I don’t sweat, I glow,” this is abso-freaking-lutey it. It’s disgusting how amazing this skin tint is.

PS – if you want to try some BC products or looking for more information, visit this link and get connected with my gal Clare. She is an absolute wizard on natural skin care and beyond helpful. She even taught me how to apply concealer the right way.

SWAP FOR: Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer

Beauty Counter Touchup Skin

It clicks, it’s in a gold pen, and it’s basically real life photoshop. No joke. I am terrible at makeup (meaning, I don’t know how to do it and I rarely have time for it) but this is an absolute goldmine if you use concealer. Perfect for under eye or for spot touch-up, the concealer isn’t shiny or oily and it lasts all-freaking-day.

SWAP FOR: Physicians Formula, Almay, Maybelline, Revlon, Benefit, Smashbox stick concealers

Glossier Brow Boy in Brown

Again, you’ve probably seen this all over the internet, but it really is worth the hype. If I am in a rush, I usually throw on some face oil, a shade of lipstick, and run these through my eyebrows and it always makes me feel more polished and put together. Brow Boy comes in various shades (I use brown, but clear is a great option as well) which lightly fills in your eyebrows, making them slightly more full and keeps the hold without the powder or putty finish.

SWAP FOR: Eyebrow pencil

ILIA Highlighter in “Polka Dots & Moonbeams”

For all my highlighter loving babes, toss out whatever you are using and get ready to be swept off your feet by Ilia. It comes in a fat little stick, so it’s perfect for your cheekbones, but it’s translucent enough to go on just about everywhere.

SWAP FOR: Revlon, Almay, Rimmel London highlighter

Beauty Counter Nourishing Eye Cream

After learning what was in my regular eye cream, I ditched that as fast as I could and straight into the arms of thisBeauty Counter favorite. A little dab around your eye sockets (the boney part above and below your eye) and your eyes feel hydrated, fresh, and bright all day long. I love this cream because the skin underneath my eyes feels amazingly soft and never oily or greasy. Total must have if you like eye cream.

SWAP FOR: Olay, Boots No.7, H20+, Aveeno eye creams

Kiehl’s Breakout Control Spot Treatment

This is my favorite spot treatment because it gets the job done and is light enough to wear under makeup during the day. It has Vitamin B3 in the formula (and while it isn’t the cleanest product out their, it isn’t wildly terrible either) and it blends evenly into skin and works to help reduce the appearance of blemishes.

SWAP FOR: Neutrogena or Clean & Clear spot treatments

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap in Rose

Cruelty-free, biodegradable, vegan soap in a gently formula (that smells faintly of rose…AMAZING) and while you can use it on your face, hair, and skin, I just use it as my shower soap. I love Dr. B’s because it moisturizes, fortifies + nourishes skin with natural oils for a thorough, fragrant clean that won’t strip your skin of natural oils.

SWAP FOR: Ivory, Dove Shea Butter bar, Yes to Tomatoes, Old Spice, Olay bar soaps

What clean products are you loving right now?

Okay, little disclaimer, do your own research. These products are based on my personal review as are the suggested swap products. Some of these companies might have great, clean beauty lines, and that is totally up to you whether you want to use them or not. That’s the joy of having so many beauty options!

SPRING CHICKEN a spring twist on your 30-second cocktail

Nothing says HELLO SPRINGTIME like a fun pink cocktail, right? Pink gets a lot of guff, but there is something about a pretty pink cocktail that just makes you feel fun and a little sassy. Sad people don’t drink pink cocktails and you can’t be sad while drinking one, so basically it’s happiness in a glass. You are welcome.

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren KelpI don’t know about you, but I am ready to ditch my jacket and throw open the windows. Get me out of these rainy, grey days – I am ready for some warmer weather! To help get us in the spirit, we are whipping up a batch of Spring Chickens! Sounds fun right? Well my friends, get ready, because if you have 30 seconds and an excuse to celebrate, you two can be sipping pretty on a Spring Chicken.

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

UPGRADE YOUR BAR CART

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

SPRING CHICKEN
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Celebrate warmer weather and mix up a pitcher of these fun Spring Chicken cocktails!
Ingredients
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
Instructions
  1. Add a handful of ice to a cocktail shaker, add in ingredients, and gently stir, adding more simple syrup to taste.
  2. Strain into a glass & sip, serve, repeat!

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren KelpSee….wildly easy. What did I tell you. Now, call the gals, get you some grapefruit, and get to celebrating! Happy hosting, my sassy friend <3

Grapefruit Greyhound cocktail via Lauren Kelp

IGNORE YOUR PHONE wellness challenge

Last week I met a girlfriend for lunch and as I sat there waiting for her, I couldn’t help but notice that someone at every table was on their phone. Everyone either had their phone face up on the table, in their lap, or they were endlessly scrolling away on it. Not just the majority of tables, but every single table had phones out, face up, ready to distract them from a fabulous lunch with someone they wanted to grab lunch with.

I watched as people felt the buzz of their phone, put down their silverware mid-conversation, and replied, scrolled, clicked, and ‘grammed. We are all guilty of this & I get it, it’s easy to multitask, but I had to wonder how, after being plugged in and available to everything/everyone all day, we are able to refill ourselves and…to a maybe larger question…how is it changing us? Is unplugging the new freedom?

You’ve read a million articles, heard a trillion podcasts, and I am sure have had several thousand conversations about digital detoxing, it’s benefits, it’s downfalls, and all the peaks and perils in between. And while I am a huge fan of putting boundaries on your tech use (no phones in the bedroom, shut your tv off by a certain time, etc.), I get that not everyone has that luxury, or that tech serves different uses for different people. But, here is what I want to challenge us to try this week…ignore your phone at meal time. That’s it.

Studies show that time away from technology

help improve posture and eye contact

improve short and long term memory

open up new perspectives

makes you seem more trustworthy

improves relationship quality and sense of closeness

makes people want to talk to you more

Don’t pull your phone out of your bag, or nestle it in your lap. Don’t allow yourself the temptation of looking at it every time you feel a buzz or a high pitched chime, turn it on silent. Hey, maybe go crazy and just leave it in another room while you eat at home. What could be the worst thing that happens?

This week, try thinking these three simple thoughts:

I put my phone on silent if I know I am going to be with other people in a social setting.

I leave my phone in my bag, rather than on the table, so it’s harder to access.

I look more open, trustworthy, and friendly without a phone in my hand.

photography by the fabulous Iron & Honey

sources Fast Company & Scientific American

ELIMINATING TOXINS IN YOUR BATHROOM ROUTINE

Did you know that your skin is your biggest organ? Now think about all the junk you put on your skin – soap, shampoo, conditioner, scrubs, lotions, deodorant – it’s a lot! Now think about how much you know about all those products? Are they organic? Paraben free? What even is a paraben?

I have had terrible skin since I can remember. Terrible spots, flakes, the works. From 13 to almost 30, it doesn’t get easier to deal with. BUT, a few great things have come out of having shit skin, I have tested almost every product on the market and have become a total nutter about researching the isht out of what I am putting on my body. That nuttiness has migrated from purely facial products to just about everything that falls under ‘bath and beauty.’

There is a crap load of funky stuff floating around in your products that you probably don’t even think about because it’s in a pretty package (I am so, so guilty of this) or because it’s sold at a certain store, and it could be affecting your whole body, not just your skin.

Now I know re-stocking isn’t cheap, but I am taking on one room a month and figuring out what stays and what goes. Join me and take an hour out of your night and go through your bathroom cabinets. Pull out all the product from your shower, under the cabinets, all those samples, and even those bins you keep in the back full of half used bottles and tubes. Grab a trash bin and toss out anything that has the following:

BHA and BHT (commonly found in moisturizers)

MEA, DEA, & TEA  (or monoethanolamine, diethanolamine, and triethanolamine)

P-phenylenediamine (coal tar dye) and anything with CI, FD&C, or D&C followed by a five-digit number (found in hair dye or colored products)

Parabens (found in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products)

Dibutyl phthalate (found in nail polish)

Methenamine or Hexamethylenetetramine (found in eye makeup, as well as shampoo and hair conditioners)

If you want help or more guidelines, try downloading Think Dirty or EWG’s Healthy Living. Both apps allow you to scan your products to see where your products rates on the dirty/clean scale.

This week I am taking on my bathroom products. I’ve thrown out a ton of lotions, funky soaps, and countless samples. Here is a list of clean (or more clean) products that I’ve swapped out. Okay, from left to right…

Lime & Coconut Salty Scrub

Palermo Charcoal Soap Bar

Meow Meow Tweet Natural Deodorant

Goodwell Toothbrush

Pacific Mint Toothpaste

Meow Meow Tweet Body Lotion

Ritual Vitamins

What products do you love? I am always on the hunt to clean up my routines & would love to know your favorites <3

Stay tuned for posts on clean lipsticks, beauty products, and lots of other swaps. Here’s to clean cleaning!

THE RUBY ROSE a refresh grapefruit and rosemary cocktail

Babe-trons, we did it. We made it through the week. It’s officially Friday, it’s probably close(ish) to quitting time, and I am sure there are one or two things for you to celebrate. And you now the best way to celebrate? With a fabulous cocktail! We are crushing hard on this delicious grapefruit and rosemary pair and we can’t wait to share. Meet the Ruby Rose. Delightful, refreshing, and absolutely no muddling required 😉
The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren KelpI mean, look at her! She can’t even help her sassy pink self. So here is the skinny, the Ruby Rose is like freaky easy. A little grapefruit, some vodka, a little St. Germain (which you should have on hand at all time because even if you don’t use it, it makes your bar cart look fancy af), some rosemary and voi-freaking-la. Easy baby, what did I tell ya?

UPGRADE YOUR BAR CART

The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren Kelp

THE RUBY ROSE
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Recipe type: Cocktail
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • Juice from half a Ruby Red grapefruit
  • 2 shots of vodka (we used Tito's)
  • 1 shot of St. Germain Elderflower
  • Dash of lemon juice (more to taste)
  • Rosemary sprig to garnish and stir
  • Sugar for rimming
Instructions
  1. Cut the end of the lemon off and rub it on the top of your glass and dip in sugar
  2. Add a handful of ice into your cocktail shaker and add in vodka, grapefruit juice, and St. Germain, shake gently until container is frosty.
  3. Pour into your perfectly rimmed glass, add a sprig of rosemary & stir to add in some of the herb flavor.
  4. Serve, sip, repeat!

The Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren KelpThe Ruby Rose Cocktail via Lauren Kelp

IS STAYING IN THE NEW GOING OUT? and are we mad about it?

Have you heard about this latest trend – staying in is the new going outTBH, I am having a hard time containing my excitement. Don’t get me wrong, I love going out as much as the next gal, but between the late nights at the office, crazy travel schedule, and trying to squeeze some gym time in there somewhere, staying in becoming trendy is just the break I was looking for.

Nesting is officially the new going out.

Call me old, but there is nothing that I love doing more on a Friday night then coming home, taking my makeup off, making a great dinner, and slipping in to a scalding hot bath. I turn off my phone, pile on the epsom salts, and maybe…if I am feeling extra crazy…dive head first into a good mud mask.

With professional burnout rates being so high, people giving up social media for Lent because the pressure to be doing something “cool” all the time is too much, and not to mention all the other emotionally exhausting sh*t that greats us every time we walk out the door, it’s no wonder self care searches are up by 121%. But let’s be real, going out isn’t going anywhere, it’s just getting prioritized a bit behind casual quality time with friends and some self care action.

What do you think? Do you believe the hype? Is staying in really the new going out?

TURMERIC IS THE NEW BLACK wellness challenge

Turmeric and ginger latte recipe via Lauren KelpI was at a swank little coffee shop in the West Loop the other day and saw “Golden Latte” on the menu, so naturally, I ordered it because it sounded weird and maybe magical and I have to say…I was very pleasantly surprised!

Little did I know that this fancy latte has a cult following. You’ve heard of matcha lattes, but have you heard of the latest wonder drink – turmeric lattes? From Sydney to San Fran, people are ditching their morning cups of joe for this healthy alternative and swearing by it’s many magical benefits.

What are the benefits you ask?

  • anti-inflammatory
  • potent antioxidant
  • boosts immunity and brain power
  • aids in muscle pain relief
  • helps with digestion
  • reduces cholesterol
  • lowers risk of diabetes
  • helps fight infection, depression, anxiety, and I am sure a bunch of other annoying ailments
  • PLUS it’s amazing for your skin and a great source of natural caffeine

Okay, so here is my health challenge for the week — I am going to swap out two of my weekly morning cups of coffee for turmeric lattes and see how it goes. Join me?

Ginger and Turmeric Lattee
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Soothing and delicious latte that is packed full of anti-inflammatory properties.
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 cup of almond milk
Instructions
  1. Combine turmeric, ginger, sugar, and coconut oil in a blender and wait to blend
  2. Heat almond milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until just simmering.
  3. Pour the hot almond milk into the blender and blitz everything until smooth and frothy.
  4. Serve, sip, & enjoy!

Turmeric and ginger latte recipe via Lauren Kelp

 

THE MOST FABULOUS APRONS YOU’VE EVER SEEN plus pineapple salsa salmon

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren KelpHey there, Megan here! I’m popping in on one of my favorite hostessing blogs (aka Lauren Kelp!) to share a delicious recipe and background on a little adventure I recently embarked on that is perfect for all your party lovers. If you can’t tell from above, it involves champagne…and lots of it.

So yes, go grab that glass and sit back and enjoy!

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

First and foremost kicking things off with a little introduction.

Full name: Megan Patterson

Occupation(s): CEO/Founder of Bon Aprontit, Lifestyle/Hostess Blogger of Blog Appetit and Senior Marketing Manager at Modern Luxury Media <- 9-5 gig

Hobbies: Anything that involves cooking, friends and champagne

Guilty Pleasure: Binge watching New Girl and Shark Tank

Starbucks Order: Black with Splenda

Yup, that about sums it up. I’m a champagne drinking, party throwing and everyday hustling kind of girl.

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

So now to the good stuff.

I always dreamed of starting my own company as I’m sure many of you have since you’re all a bunch of #GIRLBOSSES. It wasn’t until this past fall my dreams finally came true and I launched Bon Aprontit – a line of luxury jewel embellished aprons to help women feel fabulous in the kitchen.

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

The idea of Bon Aprontit all started when I would watch my mom throw these elaborate dinner parties for friends and family and buy a beautiful new dress to wear for the evening but then cover it up with an old apron. We all love to throw a good party, am I right? But who wants to worry about spilling on their new dress or covering it up with an old apron? Not I, so that’s how Bon Aprontit was born.

Bon Aprontit is the perfect gift for the dinner party hostess, bride to be, new homeowner and woman who loves to look fabulous when cooking up a delicious meal at home especially my favorite salmon dish that I’m sharing below.
Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

Trust me when I say this will be your new go-to dish this summer because yes, it’s that good.

With only a few simple steps and basic ingredients you’ll be whipping up this summertime favorite in no time and in style with Bon Aprontit 😉

So now to the recipe (aka the REALLY good stuff) and an overload of photos because I can’t get enough of how beautiful this dish looks. Enjoy!

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

PINEAPPLE SALSA SALMON
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Recipe type: Dinner
 
Ingredients
For the Salmon
  • (4) 4OZ PIECES OF FRESH SALMON
  • 1 TABLESPOON OLIVE OIL
For the Pickled Red Onions
  • ⅓ CUP WATER
  • ⅔ CUP RED WINE VINAIGRETTE
  • 1 TBSP SUGAR
  • ½ TSP SALT
  • 1 MEDIUM RED ONION
For the Pineapple Vinaigrette
  • 1½ CUP PINEAPPLE JUICE
  • ¼ CUP WHITE WINE VINEGAR
  • 1 TSP DIJON MUSTARD
  • ½ CUP OLIVE OIL
  • ½ TSP SALT
For the Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 CUP DICED PINEAPPLE
  • 1 SMALL FRESNO CHILI, SEEDED & DICED
  • 1 TBSP RED ONION, FINELY DICED
  • CHOPPED CILANTRO TO TASTE
  • SALT TO TASTE
  • 1 TSP LIME JUICE
  • 1 TBSP OLIVE OIL
Instructions
HOW-TO COOK THE SALMON
  1. Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat.
  2. Once pan is hot, place skinless salmon in pan and sear on each side for 3-5 minutes, until golden. Finish in oven for approximately 3 minutes, or until desired finish.
PICKLED RED ONIONS RECIPE
  1. Combine the first four ingredients in a small sauce pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Immediately remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  3. Slice red onion and place in pickling liquid.
  4. Refrigerate for 6 hours, up to 24.
  5. Drain liquid from onions.
TO MAKE CUCUMBER RIBBONS
  1. Using a potato peeler, peel cucumber lengthwise to create thin slices.
PINEAPPLE VINAIGRETTE RECIPE
  1. Combine pineapple juice, white wine vinegar, and dijon mustard in blender.
  2. Blend on low and slowly add olive oil in a steady stream until vinaigrette is emulsified.
  3. Finish with salt to taste.
  4. Place cucumber slides in a bowl and lightly drizzle with pineapple vinaigrette to soften.
PINEAPPLE SALSA RECIPE
  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix.
TO SERVE
  1. Place seared salmon on plate.
  2. Top with pineapple salsa, pickled red onions, and cucumber ribbons.
  3. Lightly drizzle pineapple vinaigrette over top.
  4. Finish with micro greens and edible flowers if desired.

Luxury hostess apron and Pineapple Salsa Salmon via Lauren Kelp

photography by aimée mazzenga

 

 

DEEP BREATHING TO MANAGE ANXIETY wellness challenge

Deep breathing for anxiety via Lauren Kelp

Maybe it is the season or the current state of affairs (can we just get one day without a CNN alert, puhhlease), but I have become increasingly more and more anxious. I have never considered myself someone who has anxiety but recently I find myself becoming stressed more easily and overwhelmed more quickly – which is gross and super not fun. So, this week I am trying to give myself a minute to take some deep breaths whenever I am feeling anxious and overwhelmed. Join me?

DEEP BREATHING FOR WHEN YOU ARE FEELING ANXIOUS

1. Close your eyes and take a deep inhale through your nose for five seconds

2. Exhale through your mouth for good five seconds

3. Now repeat and count to 10 (an inhale is “1” and exhale is “2” and so on)

4. If you need another go, count to 20 or until you feel more zen

I have started doing this when I get overwhelmed with work or in rush hour traffic (sans the closing eyes bit) and it has really helped take the edge of the situation. Do you find deep breathing to be helpful? Excited to be working towards a less anxious week with you!

Deep breathing for anxiety via Lauren Kelp

REAL & HONEST ADVICE TO GET YOUR BUSINESS STARTED

Passion projects are the new black – am I right? It seems like everyone has a side hustle, part time blog, or some project they work on outside of their “normal” 9-5 job. I turned my side hustle of prop styling & blogging into a full time career in 2016 and haven’t looked back since.

How to turn your side hustle into a business via lauren kelp

We took an idea (taking the pressure off women to be perfect & give them quick, easy, & approachable recipes and life hacks) and grew it into a website with ten contributors world-wide, press features from major publications, and paid content creators for household name brands within a year. That took a lot of of chutzpah, late nights, and trial and error. We get asked all the time by readers how we turned LaurenKelp.com from an after-work project to a full-time day job, so we thought we would answer all your questions (plus some other really important things) with some help from our friends at Rocket Lawyer. You’ve got the idea & the passion, now you just need those rockstar contracts & clients to get things in gear – don’t worry, we’ve got you!

How to turn your side hustle into a business via lauren kelp
Being your own boss is truly one of the most rewarding experiences, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Very quickly the façade of sleeping in all the time, the appeal of working from home every day, or spending the afternoon lunching with girlfriends fades away and you realize that you’ve got to hustle, hustle, hustle if you want that glam #girlboss life. Luckily, for every late night, there is an amazing client, a killer pay off, or an amazing opportunity. But luck rewards the hard worker, so here are a few things I learned when I got started:

Pay for things that matter
Hire people that are smarter than you
Contracts are King
Organize, organize, organize!

How to turn your side hustle into a business via lauren kelpA pretty easy list of things to remember, right? Well, get ready girlfriend. It’s time to hike up those boss pants & get to work because these four little tips are going to save you a lot of time & money, and show those competitors you mean business!

PAY FOR THING THAT MATTER

As much as I would love to tell you that this means you should buy the Gucci belt, it’s got another purpose. When you are first starting out it is beyond important to incorporate your business. Meaning, trademark your name, establish yourself as a legitimate business, and file with all the appropriate entities. Unless your new business is a law firm, all of that probably went over your head. Before using Rocket Lawyer, I was hunting online, being put on hold for hours at a time, and filing incorrectly, and then filing again…and then filing again cause I still did it wrong.

Do yourself a huge favor & get Rocket Lawyer to do all the heavy lifting for you. With their Incorporate Online feature, you get to be the boss & with a click of a button, your paperwork is filed correctly, with half the cost, and literally none of the hassle. Win/win, baby.

HIRE PEOPLE THAT ARE SMARTER THAN YOU

Not good with numbers, hire an accountant. Terrible at billing and invoicing, get a bookkeeper. Owning your own business doesn’t mean you have to do it all yourself. In fact, one of the best parts of being your own boss is delegating. Seeking legal advice (questions like; how should I set up contracts if I am a photographer, should I bring on a full-time employee or a contractor, etc.) can get pricey very quick, but what do you do when you need expert advice but are trying to save your pennies? Girlfriend, the Ask a Lawyer feature on Rocket Lawyer is a business owners best friend.

You get your quick & dirty legal advice without the crazy fees or worrying about if you’ve gone to the right place. Ask your question online & get a personalized answer within minutes. Talk about people working for you!

CONTRACTS ARE KING

I can not stress this enough! Whether you are a creative starting your own consulting business or fresh out of medical school opening your own practice, contracts are beyond important. Whenever I enter into a new agreement with a client, I always send them a contract outlining the terms of the agreement, payment structure, and detailing who gets what when. I had absolutely no idea how to create said contract or even what to include, but thanks to the unlimited library of legal documents, I look like a freaking pro & so will you!

With the Rocket Lawyer Document Defense, you will get quick legal help to enforce your contract if anything goes awry. Basically, you’ll have the big guns on speed dial whenever you need them. Comforting, right?

ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE, ORGANIZE

No one likes a stack of papers at there desk, especially when there is no rhyme or reason to chaos. Join the 21st century and start organizing all those important documents, contracts, and filing forms in the cloud. Guess who has a secure cloud storage ready and waiting for you? That’s right, your new best friends at Rocket Lawyer.

There are plenty of great cloud storage options out there, but many of them are not secure & when you are storing sensitive information, security is everything.

So are you ready to join the ranks of small business ownership? Because we believe in you so much, Rocket Lawyer is offering a discount for new users. Use this code & sign up here to receive 50% off a year long membership. Watch out world, we’ve got moves to make!

How to turn your side hustle into a business via lauren kelpphotography by aimée mazzenga