We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Bagla and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking.
To be frank, creating Go Legal Yourself, an online company that specializes in legal documents for startups, was a risk, as I also run a business law firm. Creating a product that would eliminate the need for entrepreneurs to retain the services of a business law firm to safely, affordably, and efficiently set up their businesses was a risk. I am offering an alternative to the services of my own firm! I’ve created a company which makes lawyers unnecessary in many cases, which is fairly risky. But the fact that I did this is testament to how much I genuinely want to help entrepreneurs to be successful. I want to reduce the number of businesses which fail. I want everyone to have access to complete, legally sound business formation practices, and documents, without the financial chokehold of hiring a business law firm.
What should our readers know about your business?
I continue to do everything in my power to reach entrepreneurs to make sure they are aware that they need not spend tens of thousands of dollars, and hours and hours of their valuable time to properly set up their businesses and protect their livelihoods. This includes authoring a best-selling book, ‘Go Legal Yourself,’ taking time for interviews, maintaining a high level of visibility, and ensuring that I’m proactive about marketing, so that both domestic and international companies looking to establish a presence in the US are aware of the revolutionary online services available through Go Legal Yourself. As the result of these efforts, Go Legal Yourself has been named a Top 20 Business to Watch. I’ve personally also been named a Business Woman of the Year, by the San Diego Business Journal, and received a “Powerful Woman Entrepreneur” award at the 2017 DREAMS Inspiration awards. I’ve been featured on the covers of numerous publications recognizing entrepreneurship. I serve as a judge on the Emmy-winning show “Everyday Edisons.” I contribute articles to both San Diego Veterans magazine and Homeland magazine. I regularly speak to various audiences at events such as Start Grind powered by Google, Veterans in Business Network and more. In addition, I host a podcast, Go Legal Yourself (free from your App store) featuring interviews with likeminded entrepreneurs. Still, there is more work to be done, because the product is exceptional and entrepreneurs are looking for it. So, now it’s up to me to make sure that people know about it.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Disney Land and San Diego Zoo would be first on my list as I love animals. I love eating fresh food and do enjoy a good cocktail.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The most formative lessons and experiences, responsible for my success, and frankly, which led me to write two best-selling books, launch a podcast, and become a legal expert and lead judge on the Emmy winning televised show, Everyday Edisons, was my belief in myself and my own abilities. I was taught to set goals, work hard, and go after my dreams. My parents taught me how to follow my dreams and my loving sister-in-law, Surrinder Bagla, taught me how to love the English language.