When you want to open a business, there are so many things to think of like what types of products to sell, how many employees to hire and how to market your company. There are also several regulations to be aware of.
You may need to register with the state and confirm that you have the proper licenses and permits to operate. If you process payments with credit cards or other payment methods that involve your customers’ personal information, you must safeguard it.
You will also need to ensure that you pay taxes on the goods or services you sell and file a tax return each year.
If you have employees, you must comply with federal and state employment laws such as minimum wage, breaks and non-discrimination requirements. You may also be required to have workers’ compensation insurance if a worker becomes ill or injured on the job.
There are also environmental regulations to consider, as well as health and safety standards you must meet.
Penalties for non-compliance
The penalties for non-compliance may vary but can include fines or other monetary penalties.
If your business requires a license to operate, you can also have your license revoked. This may make it impossible to operate until the license is reinstated.
If you do not comply with health and safety regulations or environmental requirements, your business may be shut down temporarily until you correct those issues.
You could also face lawsuits from individuals or other businesses that are affected by the non-compliance.