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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

3 Tips on How Compliance Can Help You Sleep at Night

For every small business, there are many things that compete for your attention. Generating income, serving clients, researching new opportunities, managing finances, and many other responsibilities leave you with little time to spare. For most companies, the issue of compliance is not typically the highest priority. In fact, it is often ignored until the very last minute. This approach leaves many frantic, victims to increased stress, fines, penalties, and lost opportunities for new business. Also, because compliance regulations are often changing, it is easy to fall behind and set yourself up for disaster down the road. Fortunately, managing compliance doesn’t have to be so troublesome. These three tips for managing your company’s compliance requirements provides some simple ways to streamline your process and help you sleep better at night knowing that your company is covered.
Sleep Tight At Night

1. Assess Where You Are And Develop A Plan

Before you know where you are going, you need to know where you are. Taking a little time now to audit how much of your resources focus on compliance will help determine ways to make the process easier. Create a master compliance calendar that calls for regular compliance checks and time to research any compliance changes that affect your business. This ensures that you remain in good standing and are aware of any compliance modifications. You might be surprised at how easy it is to manage when you have a solid plan in place.

2. Create Standard Operating Procedures

It is important that your compliance activities are well documented and easily available to the person or people involved in your compliance program. It may also be helpful to consolidate your program and assign it to one individual or department to manage. Having a documented system in place will help to foster communication and collaboration between involved parties and simplify compliance for greater efficiency.

3. Talk To A Pro

Hiring a registered agent for your company and taking advantage of a compliance advisor or other outside service to manage your compliance is likely the easiest and safest way to make sure you are fully covered. A professional who is an expert in the various compliance requirements and experienced in the best ways to manage them can be invaluable. The money and time you save can far outweigh any expense for this high level of care.

SafeShield: Protecting Your Business, Protecting You

SafeShield is passionate about protecting and improving new and existing small businesses by ensuring they are following compliance guidelines, adhering to corporate formalities, and meeting all compliance requirements. They work hard to make certain that you are not one of the 85% of U.S. businesses that fail to meet the most basic compliance standards. Visit our services page for more information, or contact us with any questions. Allow us to help you protect your business, and protect yourself.

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