October 6th, 2010 | Carlos Gamez, Business Development

With new tax laws juxtaposed against rising regulatory costs, health care concerns for employees, educational issues and the emerging workforce across the planet,the future of small business in America can seem to be on shaky ground.

In my conversations with business owners I see that there are those that look to the future with great expectations and those that are seriously concerned.

The new tax act delivers increased deductions for start up expenses and allows for stock holders to pay less taxes on the sales of their small business shares*.

At the same time costs for businesses in other areas are going up, especially in the employment category. Not only are good employees hard to find but they are expensive! Then again so are the bad employees.This is a tricky area for small business owners as they need employees but can find it difficult to afford them

In the latest report on the cost of regulation, the SBA Office of Advocacy finds that the cost of regulatory compliance for the smallest businesses (under 20 employees) has increased from $7,647 per employee per year in 2005 to $10,585 in 2008. So just as the recession was taking hold, small business had to divert 38% more per employee just to meet the demands of growing regulation. This cost is 36% higher than the same per employee cost facing larger businesses with over 500 employees.**

I see this as a time of opportunity. Yes we are in a recession. Ok I get it. Business is slower than it has been. Alright.

But to “agree ” to “ride it out” or “see what happens” is an admission of an inability to actually “do anything” about it.

Successful people do not “wait it out”, they move forward on track and on purpose.

The American small business owner has always been the driving force behind the growth of the USA. All the big businesses we have were all once small businesses,right?

Here are my suggestions:

1. Make the decision to expand your business NOW.

2. Go to the office supply store and buy yourself a gallon of midnight oil and start burning some of it to come up with some bright ideas on how you can build up your business.

3. Start Marketing your business with a vengeance. Let people know you are there for them let them know you have the products and services they want. Make them confident in the fact that you can provide them with what they want Now.

4. Use the Internet! It is less expensive than traditional marketing media. It has the more customer eyeballs than traditional marketing media and it is extremely more effective than traditional media.

5. Stop just accepting that everyone is holding back and waiting. Just stop it.

6 Start creating the idea that we can succeed and promote it hard. Deliver good service make your customers happy .Tell them to bring in their friends.

7. America, the future of our small businesses depends on our willingness to make them successful just as we have always done whenever times were tough.



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Article by Carlos Gamez
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