I have been a licensed attorney since 1997 and have years of experience in many different areas of law, including representing start-ups and small business owners. But, I have a newly found respect for these clients. Today marks Day 100 of Collins Law Office, PLLC’s operations and it has been a very valuable experience. Just one example was trying to work my way through what was supposed to be made easy by the South Carolina Business One-Stop website, but that is a different blog altogether. When I gave up with that and went with the traditional telephone approach, it took me over two hours just to get a S.C. Unemployment Registration Number for the fast-approaching Payroll Returns deadline. I am not trying to indicate that I am any busier than any other business owner, but I don’t have time for this. I need to be practicing law and helping my clients! This is what I love to do. Of course, I have been helping clients deal with governmental red tape my whole career. But when you are on the receiving end of the red tape, it gives you a whole new appreciation. So, can we solicit Congress for a National Small Business Owners Appreciation Day? We have everything else, and I think we need a day to recognize all the hard work, stress and aggravations that they must endure just for being the backbone of our local, State and national economies.
Margaret A. Collins, Esquire Collins Law Office, PLLC Post Office Box 2199 Columbia, SC 29202 (803) 575-0080 Facsimile: (803) 808-3312