Mark Cuban, the near legendary multi-billionaire that knows a thing or two about start up businesses has an interesting blog posting today about how to spur the increase in small business startups. He notes the intimidating paperwork that is associated with starting a business (noting four forms for the state of Texas -- where he lives) and didn't even touch on the city paperwork that people have to step through.
Honestly, it almost takes a lawyer to get through the paperwork of starting out a business. Of course, if you're starting up a business, that last thing you can afford is some lawyer fees to get started (note, not only do you not have income coming in now, it may be awhile before you do). Cuban suggests allowing businesses with fewer than 25 employees to begin tax-free as a way of stimulating small business growth.
I got a colorful email from a small-business owner a while back that mentioned some of the frustrations with working with the KCMO City Council in getting certain variences and change of use rules changed for the opening of his business. I'm going to copy this little piece of the email so you get the gist -- including the author's colorful language that I think sums up the frustration.