A lot of small business owners skirt rules and regulations due to either a lack of awareness or simply because they’re looking to save a buck or two. This could be something rather malicious such as not paying the correct licensing fees for using certain images and videos, or it something forgetful like neglecting to renew a license or subscription to an important service. There are many different rules that we must comply with in order to run legitimate businesses, but very few businesses seem to respect them because they’re rarely ever penalized.
However, there’s still always a chance that you will be caught for doing something against the law or regulations. Especially with concerns such as the GDPR fines lingering around, no one wants to get caught red-handed breaching any kind of contract or regulations. As such, compliance has become more important than ever–especially for small businesses that don’t know any better.
No matter what industry you’re in, you need to be compliant
It doesn’t matter if you’re a small dental office or a drop shipper–you need to follow the rules. No amount of penny-saving will help you recover from the damage caused by a breach in healthcare security or a public witch hunt against your business for failing to credit a photographer correctly for their work. With how quickly news (and also misinformation) spreads through the internet, it won’t take long for your business to become completely ruined because you failed to comply with a set of rules and regulations.
Honest mistakes are fine, but be truthful about it
No one likes a business that lies all the time, so even if you do make a mistake and fail to remain compliant, you should simply admit to your mistakes and deal with it accordingly. No amount of lying or excuse-making is going to save you from public humiliation, so make sure you’re honest and transparent about the mistakes you make regarding breaches of compliance. The sooner you admit to your mistakes and work together with your audience and staff to mend the damage, the sooner you’ll be forgiven and be able to continue doing business uninterrupted.
A compliant business is an efficient one
Many compliance issues are there to deal with the poor treatment of employees. For instance, employees deserve breaks when working and they also need to be comfortable and happy with their working environment. If these compliance issues are not met, then you’ll not only be eligible for a fine, but you may even upset your employees to the point that they’re not working efficiently anymore. In other words, compliance can help improve a business’s efficiency especially when it relates to practices that can actually help improve the way your business operates.
Compliance might seem like a nuisance; a checkbox that you need to tick off or else you’ll get in trouble, but it’s there to also help protect your business. If you don’t follow with regulations and rules, you’ll be putting your business at risk.