OPEN LETTER TO SBO’S
LTR TO ALL SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
ARE YOU BECOMING MORE AND MORE OVERWHELMED WITH WITH ALL
THE NEW GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS THAT YOU ARE BEING REQUIRED
TO KEEP UP WITH AS A ON SMALL BUSINESS OWNER!
Dear Small Business Owner,
Following is what the majority
of my SB Clients are saying:
one thing that all of the small business owners are saying that I work with is that they are being overwhelmed by all the
government regulations that they are required to keep up with. If you want your business to last, you have to follow the rules. Break a regulation here and a regulation there,
and before long, the fines become extremely costly. What makes it tougher is that governments – federal, state, local
– constantly pass new regulations. When, say, discrimination against trans employees or the problems of on-call scheduling
become issues, governments often respond with new small-business regulations. Knowing the rules is an ongoing process.
business permits, employment law, taxes, environmental legislation and consumer areas advertising.
Licenses and Permits: How You Operate
of businesses require a license to operate. At the local level, many city
and county governments require that any new company take out a business license. Restaurants need a permit showing that they
comply with health and sanitary regulations. Other businesses, such as bars, gun shops, radio stations, doctors and vets,
have to apply for a specialty license from the state or federal government. One source of information may be a local or state
chamber of commerce or industry networking group. But your absolute best
source will be to call an attorney who specializes in the area that you are calling about!
Remember! Attorneys are like doctors … they specialize so don’t
call Uncle Bob about your taxes just because he is an attorney! You would probably be better off calling me ... Ha!
Employment Law: How You Treat Employees
There are no shortages of regulations, rules and U.S. labor laws governing how you treat your
employees. Federal regulations don't let you discriminate in hiring, firing or treatment of employees because of their race,
religion, national origin, age or gender. Some states add other categories, such as sexual orientation, to the list.
business regulations require many small businesses to pay hourly employees overtime if they work beyond 40 hours a week. You
also have to provide worker's compensation insurance that will cover employees who are injured on the job. Other rules govern
employees' rights to take time off for pregnancy as well as the confidentiality of medical information. These are only a small
sampling of the rules. Before opening your business, you'll need to do your research to learn more.
Taxes: How Much You Pay
taxes is a pain, but it's also a good thing. If you're paying sales tax, it means you're selling your product, and if your
company pays income tax, it must have income. The downside is that you also have to deal with tax laws and regulations:
- Take payroll tax out when you pay employees.
- Collect and pay sales tax on your
state government's schedule.
get an employer identification number (EIN) from the IRS to identify your business the way your Social Security number identifies
you as an individual.
Regulation: What You do to the Planet
state and federal governments have lots of small business regulations to keep companies from polluting the air, the water
and the soil. If you're in manufacturing, you'll have to follow regulations when disposing of byproducts, waste and smoke
from your factory. Some rules apply to white-collar businesses too. If you build a new store or office for your business,
for instance, there may be regulations controlling how much stormwater can run off it.
Advertising and Marketing: How You Communicate With Customers
Even your advertising and marketing has to play by the rules. You can probably guess that making
fraudulent claims can get you in trouble. This is particularly true if you're promoting health products: You need science
to back up any claims you make. If you're offering loans of any sort, there are regulations for reporting the rates and interest
accurately, rather than burying them in fine print.
Sometimes, it seems like state
and federal government has forgotten that as small business owners, we are the backbones of our economy.