I received this e-mail:
The company I work for soon announces entry into the German market via a webshop.
We need to make sure we have control over the legal aspects of selling to German customers. Therefore, we need a freelancer to complete our impressum, data management description as well as trading terms. Furthermore, the person must go through various pages such as customer service, check-out flow, disclaimer in relation to German law.
Uff, that’s a lot of work.
The requirement for the freelancer is that the person is a native German educated lawyer and has experience with e-commerce laws.
We need your skills as soon as possible so that we can reach our tight deadline.
Oh no, that’s a red flag right there!
I am not quite sure what you mean with “tight deadline”.
Surely, it’s up to you to decide when you launch your webshop in Germany.
I can’t imagine that you just had this idea yesterday or that it only appeared to you today that Germany might have different laws than other countries.
And even if that was the case, let’s take things step by step. Requirements and readiness will dictate the timeline, not the other way round. Let’s not rush ourselves with arbitrary dates.
I usually don’t hear again from potential clients. People really think that work is urgent, just because they haven’t taken the time to pause and reflect about all the other beautiful things they could do instead.
Anyway, I think my time is put to better use if I write stories for you. Because many lawyers can give legal advice, but not many can write the way I write. Sure, I won’t earn a lot, but many things are more important than that. And maybe you want to keep this project alive by supporting this blog.