Smooth Sailing

An Essential Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business

Revised and Expanded

By Cheri D. Andrews, Esq.

Is Your Small Business Legally Protected?

In Smooth Sailing: An Essential Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business, attorney Cheri D. Andrews lays out not only the crucial foundational steps ALL small businesses require to ensure their business is legally compliant and protected at the outset, but also those legal protections that need to be added as a business grows and scales. This essential guide helps both brand new entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners avoid common legal mistakes that put business and personal assets at risk.

Smooth Sailing covers various legal topics, including:

  • Business Formation: Is your entity the right match for your business goals?
  • Your Dream Team: Choosing the experts to guide you in high-risk areas.
  • Contracts: Because “let’s wing it” is not a solid business strategy!
  • Compliance: Helping you avoid hefty fines and orange jumpsuits.
  • Trademark: Locking down the legal rights to your brand.
  • Legal Limits: Knowing what you can handle and when you should call an attorney.

Smooth Sailing offers a clear understanding of the key legal components every business owner must address. This knowledge allows you to make legally savvy, confident, informed decisions that ensure your business is thriving.


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.

Small Business Owners

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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., owns her own law practice, through which she helps small business owners and solopreneurs. When she is not working, Cheri enjoys digital scrapbooking, mixed media art, reading, and travel. Cheri resides in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, with husband Jay of thirty-five years. She is the proud mother of three successful young adult daughters, and grandma to Connor and fur babies Millie and Nemo.

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