As I start to wind down on my first year of being a business owner, the one thing that really annoys me to this day is regulations on your business.
You come to me, asking for a new website, telling me (as I agree whole-heartedly) that your web site is a hot mess. But when I suggest changes here and there, you say, “Well, we can’t do that. _______ won’t allow us to have that on our website.”
WHAT? You manage your own company, selling products from another company for them and they don’t allow you to have a Facebook presence? You can’t have a blog? You can’t share information? But they do allow you to have the same cookie cutter web site that everyone else in your field does? Great, good luck with that.
I try to be agreeable and understanding of regulation – but it baffles me to no end on how certain professions in our country aren’t allowed to publicly share even the most basic of information.
There’s a lot to be said for individualism, the sectors that allow for it are thriving, while this particular business sector continues to be untrustworthy and having a social presence, sharing a little bit of the ‘behind the curtain’ information would go a lot way to gaining that trust back.
There are web design companies that cater to this cookie cutter way of designing websites and I’m sure they do well for themselves. But I’d much rather have clients that are free to express their thoughts.
That being said, I want to help where I can – I just despise the people who put regulations that restrict free speech, especially when it comes to promoting your business and making a living.
One of many reasons why I am very thankful to only have one boss, my wife.