Texas Business Regulations
Texas enjoys one of the strongest economic climates of the United States. Companies are willing to move to take advantage of low tax burdens and a business friendly climate. But what regulations might new business to the Lone Star State face when they arrive?

The Office of the Secretary of State emphasizes the importance Texas places on innovation and entrepreneurship. In order to encourage businesses to settle in Texas, the state government has attempted to streamline the application processes for acquiring licenses with easy to follow guides and a team of experts ready to help. The websites of both the Secretary of State and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts provide many resources designed to encourage new businesses to start up and comply with existing regulations.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues and evaluates licensing practices across many different industries, from architecture to cosmetology. With twenty-eight statute areas, the TDLR aims to maintain a consistent and fair system of licensing and inspection. And in recent years, the Texas legislature has attempted to roll back the number of licenses and regulations new businesses must meet before getting to work. From tort reform changes in 2003 to environmental regulation changes in 2008, Texas has made it easier to comply with the law by eliminating onerous and confusing legislation.

However some licenses are still necessary before getting down to business in Texas. For instance, in order to build a house, nearly every subcontractor from the plumber to the electrician to the air conditioning technician to the interior designer must be appropriately licensed in their fields. This can be achieved through attending prescribed classes or merely proving competency through tests. Either way, without all contractors having proper licenses, a building project can be stopped and the general contractor or owner might be charged fines.

Even cosmetologists have to jump through a few hoops before starting their business. From hair braiding to facials to shampooing, almost all aspects of cosmetology require proper licensing. These licenses require the cosmetologists to keep up to date with training, renewing their licenses every few years to prove they know what they're doing.

It's important that anyone looking to go into business in Texas stay abreast of the regulations and licensing laws on the books. While Texas has fewer regulations than the majority of the states, there are still many laws governing the practice of businesses. By keeping on top of these regulations, entrepreneurs can build thriving businesses in the great Lone Star State.

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