Comply to Compete
Most entrepreneurs do not start their business thinking about compliance. They start because they have brilliant ideas which they believe can make a difference to society. Most entrepreneurs are aware that they need to comply with laws. But quite often, they do not know what the relevant compliances are; how frequently they need to be compliedwith and what the implications of non-compliance are. While they ask around and get to know the basics from fellow entrepreneurs, they often miss big ticket items because of lack of proper guidance. Quality professional support isusually well beyond their means in these initial days.
Not having a compliance setup initially is considered normal. â€œWe are way too small to worry about compliance and have other pressing issues to focus on,â€ is a popular refrain.As operational challenges keep piling up, compliance continues to slide further down the priority list in many businesses. Over the first two or three years, these businesses find themselves so far behind on their compliance status that all that promoters end up doing is play catch up. And before they know it,
- They are negotiating with various government departments to reduce or waive penalties imposed;
- Offering justifications to banks or strategic investors on why they missed depositing taxes on time;
- Explaining to the board of directors why theydid not renew theirfactory license but continue to manufacture from it; and eventually,
- Losing business because bigger organisations to which they supplied their goods and services refused to work with vendors who are non-compliant.
What a number of businesses realise through their initial experiences is that no matter how much a company invests inimproving its products, it is non-compliances that can tarnish its hard-earned reputation. Take the example of Liberty Enterprises, where its Executive Director was sentenced to six months jail for shutting down a unit in Karnal and retrenching about 1500 employees without the permission of the Haryana State Labour Department.
But more than the fear of penalty or imprisonment, it is the inability to compete in the modern networked economy that should worry entrepreneurs offeringinnovative products and services.
There have been several such instances that have compelled these MNCs to be watchful about compliances of their vendors. If their due diligence processes reveal something unfavourable, then they are most certain to take their business elsewhere. Quite obviously, this means reduced profit margin and export earningsfordriven entrepreneurs.Aside from losing business, non-compliance may also affect your ability to obtain credit. Most global venture capital funds and even many angels do not take the risk of funding businesses that are not up-to-date with their compliances. This is even more real ifyou are trying to obtain bank credit in India.
Recognising the inability of early-stage as well as small and medium businesses to spend a lot of time and money on this crucial leg of business, Lexplosion has come up with a first-of-its-kind fully automated compliance solution called Komplify. Your responses to a simple online questionnaire leads to the auto generation of a list of laws and applicable critical compliances across Indian laws for your entire business â€“ be it tax; labour; corporate; environment and safety and even state and municipal-level compliances. It actuallytakes less than 30 minutes. You can create your internal compliance processes; receive updates to changes in law; generate reports; get calendar updates all for an extremely reasonable subscription fee.
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