Smooth Sailing

A Practical Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business

By Cheri D. Andrews, Esq.

Is Your Small Business Legally Protected?

In Smooth Sailing: A Practical Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business, attorney Cheri Andrews lays out the crucial foundational steps ALL small businesses require to ensure their business is legally compliant and protected. By implementing the practical advice included in this book, you can avoid some of the most common legal mistakes made by entrepreneurs—mistakes that could put your business and personal assets at risk.

Smooth Sailing covers various legal topics, including:

  • Why choosing the correct business entity matters;
  • Which professionals to hire to guide you in key areas;
  • How contracts set expectations, provide legal protections, and minimize risk;
  • How the right policies and operating procedures protect you from regulatory nightmares;
  • What intellectual property is—and why you should care; and
  • What you can handle on your own and when you need to call an attorney.

Smooth Sailing offers a clear understanding of the key components every business owner must address to be legally protected and compliant. This knowledge allows you to make informed decisions that lead to better outcomes for your business and YOU.

Who Is This Book for?

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Whether you’re considering starting your own business or have been in business for some time, there are legal topics you must address to keep your business safe.

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Advance Praise

This book can be your best friend in the early stages of business development. Cheri offers wise, concise, and conversational counsel to make what can be confusing easy to understand and apply. With Smooth Sailing as your guide, you’ll be empowered to ask the right questions and make critical decisions that will turn your dreams into your future. You put your heart and soul into your business, so do it right legally. It’s easy to play naive and procrastinate on important legal matters, while you focus on what feels fun and urgent. If you make sound decisions up front, you’ll not only enjoy peace of mind knowing you are legally protected, you’ll also build a foundation for productivity and profitability.

Stacy Julian

Author, blogger, podcaster, teacher, business owner,

Packed with actionable advice for ending small business failure!  In Smooth Sailing: A Practical Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business, Cheri Andrews delves into the activity of running a small business—such as business formation, contracts, and website policies along with step-by-step guidance to ensure your email marketing is legally compliant. This is a much-needed resource for all small business owners!

Melinda F. Emerson

Best-selling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months,

Cheri Andrews has written the most concise, usable, practical guide to legally starting, running, and growing your business. The best part? It’s in plain English and the advice is spot-on. I easily recognized a half dozen mistakes and oversights that cost me plenty in the first few years of my entrepreneurial journey. Read this book—use this book—and your small business won’t stay small for very long!

David Newman

Author of Do It! Marketing, 

About the Author


Cheri D. Andrews, Esq., Founder and Managing Partner of her law practice, helps small business owners and solopreneurs avoid costly legal mistakes and gain the confidence of knowing that their livelihood is legally protected. A sought-after speaker, Cheri has shared her insights with hundreds of small business owners. Cheri lives in Perkasie, Pennsylvania with husband Jay and is the proud mom of three successful young adult daughters. Smooth Sailing: A Practical Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business is her first book.

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