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A Guide for New Business Owners: How to Keep Your Startup on the Right Side of the Law

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It doesn’t matter how much business acumen you have or how good your startup idea may be, if you don’t keep your company on the right side of the law you’ll never be able to reach your full potential as an entrepreneur simply because your reputation will be in tatters before you even really have the chance to build it! Nobody is going to want to do business with you if you can’t be trusted to act in a lawful manner, which is why it is essential that you put the advice laid out below into practice.

Here are a few things you must do to keep your startup on the right side of the law:

Meet your contractual requirements

Should you ever enter into an official agreement with anyone, be it a customer, a supplier, a partner, or an employee, it’s absolutely essential that you meet your contractual requirements with them. Quite simply — if it’s in writing and your signature is printed next to it, you have to fulfill it!

If you’re serious about reducing your number of missed obligations, increasing your legal compliance, and ultimately meeting your contractual requirements, you need to take full advantage of a contract lifecycle management (CLM) solution. From initiation right the way through to expiry, this modern business necessity is used to track and manage every aspect of the contract lifecycle. It works to ensure that important regulations and upcoming deadlines don’t fall through the cracks, which means it’s an integral tool for business owners who are determined to carry out their contractual responsibilities in a lawful manner.

Keep your data private

Protecting the data that you collect from your employees and your customers is absolutely essential. You are legally obliged to keep your data private, which is why you can’t afford to be lax when it comes to this all-important task. Leave no stone unturned when collecting and storing your data, and be sure to heed the following advice from the moment you start your business:

  • Draw out a comprehensive privacy policy while you are coming up with your business plan
  • Never underestimate the threat of cybercrime — your business may still be in its infancy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fall victim to this plight
  • Stop collecting data that you have no use for
  • Upgrade your security software whenever updates are made available
  • Leverage multiple layers of security — you can never be too careful!
  • Scan all new devices as standard whenever they connect to your network
  • Educate your employees on the importance of data privacy and make sure they care about cybersecurity
  • Ensure that your staff members aren’t using third-party apps while their phones are connected to your company network — even innocent game apps can cause big problems in this instance

So long as you keep it on the right side of the law, your business will remain on track to reach the pinnacle of its industry. If you want your organization to one day scale those lofty heights, simply put the advice laid out above into practice.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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