3 Strategies to Reduce Business Risk

September 13, 2019 | The state of manufacturing Alaina Riley, Marketing Coordinator, Focus OneSource, ariley@focusonesource.com

Starting a business is a handful. No matter how well you prepare, there is always the risk of the business going south. In addition to financial risks associated with running a business, business owners should consider the following for their business.


It’s critical to understand all applicable labor laws before starting a business. Research the rules and regulations specific to your state. Be familiar with regulations and requirements pertaining to all areas of the business.

Laws and regulations are constantly changing—the research is never ending. Business owners should stay up to date with new laws and changes made to existing laws.


There are some businesses that only require one person to keep the business afloat. However, for the most part, businesses need to be staffed with skilled employees. The business owners should include the cost of employee wages into their financial plan.

Ask yourself: “Can I meet my staffing needs without breaking the budget?” If the answer is no, the business owner may consider out- sourcing some business services to a third-party vendor.

Hiring qualified employees is only half the battle. Retention is another risk.

Ask yourself: “What am I doing to retain my best employees?”

Time Commitment

Maintaining the day-to-day operations of a business is a full-time job. To keep a business running and employees happy, a variety of tasks need to be taken care of daily.

Ask yourself: “Do I have the time and/or manpower to accomplish these tasks?”

Maintaining good business practices should always be a priority for business owners. This will help the business avoid compliance- related issues that could be detrimental to its success.