Posts: 897 from 2003/2/15
From: Central Europe
A company like Apple during their early start up phase would have been in serious trouble in Germany/EU.
Maybe deservedly so if one considers them selling illegal "blue boxes" for making free phone calls a part of their "start up phase" Quote:
In Germany you have steep costs for registration (at least it decreased a lot for small companies with some service companies, I use a Bitcomservice): I have to pay around 700 EUR this year for bureuacracy, while the actual recycling cost is just about 20 EUR.
Have you looked into Take-E-Way? Unless this is your first year of operation and the number includes set up fees, the cited amount sounds like a lot.Quote:
CE it's smilar: I need to provide all my test files (done to some not even public regulations, i.e. you have to pay for reading the test protocol that you have to conduct) publically while as a company outside the EU I just can print fantasy CE sign on my goods and voilá. Illegal, but hard to trap. Or exporting even within the EU: I need to report each month how many goods are send to where and whom (B2B). All the tax things come additionally.
I understand that this is time-consuming but imagine how complicated all of this would be if there was not a supranational organisation that encouraged 25 nations to harmonise their rules and regulations.Quote:
not that I think this is all total BS, but some things could get simplified. In the US it's way easier to start a business, to grow from a very small scale to something bigger. Here you have to think big from the beginning to scale the cost and effort.
It very much depends on the state. The US is not nearly as homogeneous as people tend to perceive it to be. For instance, California is known to have a lot of 'red tape' although it merits mentioning that at the same time they are also the most productive in terms of economic output.
I think it is also worth remembering that you are discussing what is considered by some to be the land of lawsuits... Each country has its pitfalls for small entrepreneurs. Personally, I would be hesitant to make blanket statements about where it is easier to found and grow a small business.