The End of the Enterprise

Here’s another day of ranting about rules…

One of the difficulties of running a small business, particularly a service-based business, is trying to figure out all the rules.

Undoubtedly, there are going to be rules that are written down, likely imposed on us by some type of regulatory entity overseeing the people practicing in our field.

One problem with written rules is that their interpretation can change over time. Maybe a new governing body takes charge. New people come in as old ones retire. Fresh procedures or technologies take hold. Some new law results in a change in the way things are done.

Trying to keep abreast of these changes can be difficult enough for experienced practitioners. For a new business owner, where one wrong move can derail a fledgling career, unanticipated changes can mean the end of the world.

There will always be new and different factors influencing the way the rules, written and unwritten, are interpreted. Keeping our opinions, our businesses, and ourselves malleable should be considered a prerequisite for a successful career.

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