The essential legal docs every fashion start-up business needs

Whether it’s your side hustle, or you’re hoping it’ll be a full-time gig, having the right legal documents in place is essential when you’re starting a fashion business. So, if you want to spend more time designing and selling then you’re going to need to get your legals in order.

Here at Cherrypicka we have taken the guess work out of it and have set out below some of the essential documents that every fashion start-up business needs:

What is it?Why do I need it
E-Commerce Business Website Terms and ConditionsHelps you customers to clearly understand the rules about purchasing your products and using your website.  These terms and conditions will do things like: establish the ordering, cancellation, payment and delivery process;tell shoppers where they can find your returns and shipping policies;limit your liability in relation to the products that you supply to the extent provided for by the Australian Consumer Law. They will also set out the rules about how they can or cannot use your website, prevent users from posting abusive comments or copying content.
Privacy PolicyUse it to tell customers, clients, visitors to your website and even employees, how you use, collect, store and share their personal information.  It is best practice to have a Privacy Policy on your website regardless of whether your business is legally required to have one.
Returns and Shipping PoliciesTells your customers the rules that apply to returns, delivery and shipping. Navigating the Australian Consumer Law (which will apply to your online store) can be tricky and a well drafted returns policy will help your business stay compliant.
Non-disclosure agreement  (NDA) (aka Confidentiality Agreement)Use it to protect your valuable ideas and commercially sensitive business information from misuse.  For example, you are looking to share some new and confidential designs with a potential manufacturer.  Have them sign a Confidentiality Agreement before you share your product idea to stop them taking the idea and using it or selling it to someone else.
Independent Contractor AgreementUse it to appoint service providers and independent contractors, freelancers or consultants to help your business with a special project for times when you need “more hands on deck”.  For example, you are bringing on a freelance designer to help you with your new line.  Or you are hiring a digital marketing agency to help grow your brand.  Defines the key roles and responsibilities between your business and the contractor.
Model/Talent Release FormThis document is a type of agreement between your business and a talent or model who is being photographed or recorded for use in content. If you want to use the photos for promotional or commercial purposes then it is crucial that you have a model/talent release form. A model/talent release form ensures that the business has the rights to use the model’s image and identity in the content that they create and ultimately, use.
Influencer AgreementUse this document if you’re looking to boost your business and brand by collaborating with a social media influencer. This document sets out clear legal terms and conditions to protect your rights and your business. A Social Media Influencer Agreement will ensure things run as smoothly as possible.

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