Important Legal Advice for Small Business Owners

I'm a big fan of Chris Guillebeau's products, in particular the Empire Builder Kit which teaches you how to build a meaningful lifestyle business in one year and really helped me improve and hone my own business marketing strategy.

So I know Chris's brand new product the Unconventional Guide to Law and Order will be a great resource, both for new business owners who are just getting started, and for people who've been running their own business for a while.

We business owners all need to stay on the right side of the law and while I'm sure that you and me are the ethical type, the kind of people who want to and try to do things by the book, there's an awful lot to learn about business law. The fact is that there are a lot of potential for mistakes  to be made when it comes to business land law and some of those mistakes could cost you a lot of money.

The Unconventional Guide to Law and Order will not only help you stay on the right side of the law but will also show you how to use law for good to build your business, create strong relationships, define clear terms in agreements and calculate your risks.

The Unconventional Guide to Law and Order demystified the world of contracts, liability, intellectual property rights, taxes and incorporation — and builds a better business by putting the law to work for you.

The Unconventional Guide to Law and Order will help you learn:

  • Practical action steps to use legal tools to build your business;
  • How to handle the most common legal issues faced by artists and entrepreneurs;
  • How to craft a contract with the language required to protect your business and relationships;
  • What legal business you can safely DIY, and when you need to call in a professional;
  • The most important things you need to consider about protecting your intellectual property in the internet age.

If you have questions like these about running a business the guide will answer them:

  • Do I need to incorporate my business? If so, what kind of incorporation do I need?
  • What kind of intellectual property can be protected—and how do I protect it?
  • Is a handshake and email enough to hire a contractor? What if something goes wrong?
  • How can I license my artwork to sell?
  • What kind of formal agreement do I need to have with a business partner?
  • I’ve hired a designer, but who owns the work?

So if the legal issues of running a business are a concern for you, you can either spend two hours reading this resource and working through the action steps or pay an attorney $1,500 or more to tell you the same things.

Why I Promote the Unconventional Guides

I'm an affiliate for the Unconventional Guide to Law and Order and all of Chris Guillebeau's products because I love them and know you'll love them too. That means if you like his unconventional guides and buy them then I get a percentage of the cost but you don't pay any extra.

Being an affiliate doesn't make me rich but it does help to cover some costs of running Successful Blogging and support me as I support you with your digital marketing efforts.

You can read more in my disclosure policy but if you'd like to find out more about the Unconventional Guides, including the Empire Builder Kit or the Unconventional Guide to Law and Order, I'd love if you use those affiliate links. If it's not something you're interested in right now or if you'd rather not use the links that's okay. Whatever happens I'll be back with more blogging tips soon.

Final Thoughts on the Unconventional Guide to Law and Order

Even if you don’t live in the U.S. this guide still help you because law is different in every jurisdiction, across the U.S., across the world, and across the internet and the guide has been written with an investigative inquiry approach to help you figure out what you need to do, and what questions you need to ask no matter where you live.

Find out more about the Unconventional Guide to Law and Order including what you get, the guarantee and the prices here.

Guide to Law and Order


  1. says

    First of all I would Like to say Happy New Year to all of you.
    The post was great Annebel, Keep sharing.

  2. says

    Sounds like a great resource, thanks for mentioning it. I bought one of Chris’s books last year and it was a great read, so I think I’ll look into this product as well.

  3. says

    Wow, these are some great pieces of advice! I know a lot of people feel sort of overwhelmed when starting a small business. There are a lot of laws that you need to be aware of and pay attention to. Resources like this can do a lot of good for those people. Thanks for writing!

  4. says

    Wow, this sounds like a pretty great book. I think that it is so important for business owners to understand the law. My mom and I are starting our own business and this is definitely an aspect that should not be overlooked. Thank you for sharing.

  5. says

    I think the protection of intellectual property has become even more difficult, like you say, in this the internet age. It seems like with something as important as intellectual property, hiring a professional attorney who has expertise and experience in the field would be the best option. After all, no business owner wants their hard work to go to waste because someone stole their ideas and work!

  6. says

    Thank you for the good work! I have one question, do you guys think that having a contract management software is recommended for a small business.

    • says

      Hi, Jaret,

      I appreciate your comment. I’ve heard good things about contract management software. It depends on the type of business you have whether you would even need it.


  7. says

    Some people forget how important it is to have someone guide you in your business. It may not be crucial to some. But if you’re just starting. It is really important.

  8. says

    Great [email protected]!

    For small businesses, legal advice can come at a premium. Unlike large corporations, small businesses and startups don’t have the financial resources to keep a legal team on retainer. However, when they do need legal assistance, it’s just as crucial that the lawyers they hire are on top of their game, and aware of the nuisances of Colorado state laws. From the requirements for starting a business, to employee management, operations, and enterprise security concerns, small business law firms must be able to provide the necessary legal information and services that a client might need. 🙂


  9. says

    Hey Annabel
    Nice post!!!
    This post is the best piece of advice and really appreciable.
    It would be a great help for both new business owners who are just who are just getting started and for people who’ve been running their own business .

    Thanks for sharing such a valuable post and Keep posting 🙂

  10. says

    Hey, Wonderful post.
    I really appreciate the way you put up your thoughts in front of us.It is of extreme importance.
    Business Owners make sure that the legal firm must be prompt, professional as well as friendly in their approach to clients. They should be available to explain everything even through the most complicated legal situation. In simple terms, you can easily understand.
    Keep Posting.

  11. says


    Nice post! A great piece of work has been done by you and it’s really appreciable.
    A good business attorney will provide vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance and copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation and lawsuits and liability.

    I liked the way you elucidated the reasons that why we need legal advice for the small business.
    Thanks for sharing such a valuable post and Keep posting!

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  12. says

    It’s great that you’ve found Chris Guillebeau to be such a reputable resource for business information. From his legal issues book to his just getting started book, there’s plenty of room to cover your bases with quality advice.

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