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Common statements used to justify demands on small business people

What statements do we hear from many policy makers, business haters, extremes of the left and right and vested interests? Statements used to justify: extra red tape; poor behaviour from unions and big businesses; or complicated compliance demands include those below:

"When you go into business, that’s what you sign up to."

"When you go into business you know what you are getting into."

"If you can’t do it you shouldn’t be in business..."

"It’ll only take five minutes..."

"How hard is it?"

"It’s their own fault if they fail."

"Business is hard, suck it up."

"Small business people need to become better managers."

"Small business people need to do as they are told."

"It’s easy! All you have to do is _____"

"If a small business falls over, it's OK as there will be another one to take its place."

(This statement was made by a person who claimed to represent small business).

"Small business people who are unhealthy or obese shouldn’t be in business."

This statement came from a person who declared themselves



"Small business need to become better at (Insert issue from list below*).

Normally the people who make these statements have no idea but want to either make money from small business people or to introduce new legislative demands.

*Hiring staff, firing staff, accessing finance, dealing with theft, managing staff, contacting customers, managing their own health, managing recalcitrant employees, managing a website, using technology, paying superannuation, cashflow management, paying tax, accessing the right accountant - the list is endless.

The above statements are also made by people who have never run a business or want to make money from small business people. These statements show at best a complete lack of understanding of the world of small business. At worst it shows a lack of care for business people and their families and employees and through that a very shallow understanding of both economics and society.

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