How to Legally Protect Your Small Business with Cheri Andrews

**Title: Legal Protection for Small Business Owners: Insights from Cheri Andrews' Latest Book**

Starting a business can be an exhilarating yet daunting journey. One of the critical aspects often overlooked by new entrepreneurs is legal protection. In a recent enlightening episode of "Starting a Business Simplified," host Suzy Wraines sat down with Cheri Andrews, a seasoned attorney specializing in small business law, to discuss her newly revised and expanded book, "Smooth Sailing: An Essential Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business." Cheri, who also penned this essential manual for entrepreneurs, shares her invaluable insights on what small business owners need to know about legally securing their operations right from the start. Here’s a rundown of the key points discussed in the podcast.

*Book Launch and its Significance*

Cheri Andrews kicks off the conversation by celebrating the launch of her second edition book, which comes on the heels of three more years of hands-on experience working with small businesses. Cheri’s revised book not only updates the original content but also expands significantly to cover additional important areas in business law that she’s encountered in her further practice and through feedback from readers.

*What's New in the Latest Edition?*

Cheri has meticulously updated her initial guide by doubling its length and detail to cater to both new and maturing businesses. One of the major changes from the first edition lies in the substantive addition of content related to legal requirements around hiring employees and working with contractors, which includes understanding the nuances of employment law and knowing how to draft and manage contracts effectively.
In her book, Cheri also extensively builds out her chapters on copyright and trademark protection, which contrast sharply with their brief mentions in the first edition. She points out common misconceptions around trademark registrations and provides detailed advice on creating strong marks that are likely to be approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

*The Importance of Entrepreneurial Mindset*

Perhaps one of the most compelling additions to Cheri’s book is the section on the entrepreneurial mindset. Cheri passionately discusses how critical it is for success that business owners develop a robust mindset that includes perseverance, adaptability, and resilience. She shares personal anecdotes about learning the hard way the importance of self-care and proper time management, emphasizing that being legally savvy isn’t enough if one’s mental and physical reserves are depleted.

*New Legal Requirements for Businesses*

Cheri alerts listeners to new legal requirements such as the Corporate Transparency Act, which mandates that all businesses registered as LLCs or corporations file a beneficial owner information report with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. She stresses that awareness of such changes is critical for compliance and avoiding potential legal consequences.

*Long-term Importance of Legal Protections*

Cheri wraps up the discussion by reminding entrepreneurs that legal protection is not an area to scrimp on or delay. From the first client or the first dollar earned, every aspect of a business deserves robust legal safeguarding. She reiterates that preparing a strong legal foundation not only prevents future legal troubles but also provides peace of mind that allows business owners to focus on growth and development.

*Final Thoughts by Suzy Wraines*

Suzy reflects on the insights shared by Cheri and emphasizes the importance of her book and resources like her Wise Owl Academy for demystifying legal jargon and making compliance accessible. Suzy encourages listeners not only to educate themselves with Cheri’s books but to also engage actively with resources that provide ongoing support for the evolving nature of business law.


Protecting a business legally might not seem like the most exciting part of entrepreneurship, but as Cheri Andrews vividly illustrates, it is undoubtedly one of the most crucial. Her book "Smooth Sailing: An Essential Guide to Legally Protecting Your Business" serves as an indispensable resource, guiding new and seasoned entrepreneurs alike through the complexities of small business law with clarity and a surprisingly refreshing dose of warmth and wit.

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