It’s a fact that many small business ventures fail in their first year. There are tons of resources on the web about why so many new businesses fail, and I won’t attempt to recreate them here. However, I’ve noticed five things that many failed businesses have in common. The purpose of this post is to help you avoid these shortcomings when starting your business. Here they are in a nutshell:
- Write a business plan.
- Set goals.
- Get professional help early.
- Understand the difference between employees and contractors.
- Write everything down.
Show me How!
This is a sample policy intended as a general example. This policy is provided as a free service and is intended for informational purposes only. It is not legal advice. Before enacting a weapons free policy, it is a good idea to consult an attorney.
No weapons of any kind are allowed on the premises. This policy applies to all persons entering the premises except authorized security personnel and law enforcement. To be clear, this policy applies to customers and employees, and the policy prohibits all weapons whether concealed or carried openly. Further, all employees including full-time employees, part-time employees, temporary workers, and independent contractors are prohibited from carrying weapons outside the premises when acting in the course and scope of employment. Texas law allows private businesses to ban guns from the business premises even if the gun owner has a concealed carry permit. We have posted the required notices prohibiting handguns at all public entrances. It is a misdemeanor crime of criminal trespass to carry a handgun into a business that has posted the required notice or to refuse to remove a handgun from the business when asked. It is also a crime to intentionally or knowingly display any type of firearm in a public place in a way that is calculated to cause alarm. The law allows handguns to be carried in a parking lot or parking garage only if they are concealed and secured. In other words, the handgun should be hidden from sight, and the vehicle should be locked.
Any employee that carries a weapon into the building will be subject to discipline including immediate termination.
Do not confront someone openly carrying a weapon. If an employee sees a person carrying a weapon on the premises (the violator), the employee should notify security and a supervisor immediately. If the violator is carrying a weapon in a manner that causes concern for safety, call 9-1-1 and request police assistance. Follow the instructions provided by the 9-1-1 operator.