Originally Posted by kelleym
Well it looks like I am the bad guy here just because I am trying to run a legitimate business, albeit a very small one.
Nellical, you are not the bad guy, not at all. You are the victim. You are the victim of government policies that make it TOO HARD to start a business. Barbara and the others in Florida are trying to make the law more open and fair, so that you can start small from your home without having to risk your retirement savings for it to be a legal venture. I personally feel that it's tragic that you had to do that.
To borrow a quote from Tom Hanks in a League of Their Own
"It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard... is what makes it great".
Seriously no one is a victim. No one has suffered a serious injury or has been deceived or cheated. That the laws may be too stringent does not mean you are victim of over regulation. And frankly why should it be "easy" to open a cake baking business?
I just found out that where I live anyone can call themselves an electrician without being required to be liscenced or have any training. You really want someone coming in and working on your electrical without any training or liscencing? That someone wants to go into business doing electrical work because they have tinkered from their home is not reassuring.
Are liscences a guarantee of quality work? Of course not, but then again I would rather eat in establishments that have been inspected (even after having watched Kitchen Nightmares) than to eat in restuarants in an environment where there was little concern over food safety.
There are plenty of successful small businesses that sell all levels of baked goods. That not everyone is able to meet the regulations who wants does not mean they should be able to or its too hard. If person cannot make the investment that is unfortunate but simply because they want to sell cakes does not mean they should be able to. You could use this same claim to undermine the regulations on any industry.
Save the victomology rhetoric. There are legitimate positions for and against the change in law in Florida but no one is a victim simply because they a desire to bake out of their home. There is a cottage law where I am, I cannot afford to make the changes I need to my kitchen to make it legal, to bake out of home, I am not a victim. It is what it is. That people want to change the law in Florida is understandable but they are not victims.