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Writing Business Procedures

Leona Said:

what do u register an online business? what are the procedures?

We Answered:

There is no place to go online and get an online business license. Doesn't exist.

Just like with any business, you need to find out the rules where you live.

In most places, if you are running a business, you need to have a license. Doesn't matter if it's your own business that you thought up, an online business, a business totally from home, a business in a big shopping center, or a business in direct sales like Mary Kay or Arbonne.

It's not the fact that the business is run online -- it's the fact that you are running a business in your city, county, or state.

Rules are different everywhere. I can't tell you what you need to do in order to run your business legally unless I live where you live and plan to run a business just like yours.

You might need licenses for city, county and state. You might need a tax ID number for your state. You might need to register a fictitious name. You might need a dba.

It all depends.

Get off of Yahoo and start making some phone calls, buddy.

Velma Said:

What procedures are in place at theme parks to deal with health and safety issues?

We Answered:

Fairground and Amusement Parks Guidance on Safe Practice is the regulations laid down hy HSE

Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks:

Guidance on Safe Practice HSG 175

The fairgrounds and amusement parks joint advisory committee (FJAC) has worked for over 25 years to continually improve standards and the exchange of information. Fairgrounds and amusement parks have been shown to be relatively safe compared to such activities as driving a car or riding a bicycle, but there have been a small number of serious accidents involving the general public and employees. Risks can never be eliminated from any aspect of life but need to be managed effectively. This new edition of Fairgrounds and amusement parks: Guidance on safe practice HSG175, first published in 1997 was recommended in the health and safety commission (HSC) review of fairground safety (2001) and incorporates improvements over several years in this industry’s practices.

This document concentrates on the safety of employers, employees and the general public using fairgrounds and amusement parks, and gives advice on measures to control risks. It provides duty holders with advice on issues relating to attractions, including operation, maintenance, repairs, and modifications. It also includes advice on site layout and safe systems of work. There is a glossary at the end of the book which explains the terms used.

ISBN 978-0-7176-6249-4

The above text is referenced from the guidance on safe practice HSG 175 Further information on how to obtain a copy or further information can be located at either: or

The Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) has developed over the years since the early 1970’s. With the advent of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act of 1974 came various moves to increase the standard of safety on fairgrounds and amusement parks.
The Home Office developed and published the “Home Office Guide to Safety at Fairs (The “Blue Book”) in 1976. This included information relating to the inspection of amusement devices and also technical requirements relevant to companies specialising in ride design and specification.
The “Code of Safe Practice at Fairs” was introduced in 1984, providing further guidance to individuals and organisations.

The HSE set up the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) for Safety in the Fairground and Theme Park Industry. This is made up of representation from the Associations involved in the Ride Industry, but did not include the inspection side of the industry or the manufacturers.
Having recognised the need for input from these areas, NAFLIC (National Association for Leisure Industry Certification) was formed to represent those involved in these sections of the Industry on various panels including the JAC.

NAFLIC produced Technical and Incident Bulletins to disseminate information to the areas of the Industry as required and also dealt with other sectors. Following the introduction of HSG 175 “Fairgrounds and Amusement Parks – Guidance on Safe Practice”, NAFLIC maintained the register of those Inspection Bodies who claimed compliance with the new scheme (ADIPS). This scheme received the backing of SGGB, BALPPA, BACTA, SIRPS, ACES, AIS, and NAFLIC.
Following a number of incidents at various locations, the Roberts Review of Safety was published by HSC. Following recommendations made in this report, it was recognised that a system of monitoring the DOC’s (Declaration of Operational Compliance) was urgently needed.

NAFLIC funded and set up the ADIPS DOC Bureau to fulfil this requirement in 2002.

By 2003, a decision had been made to form a limited company to administer the scheme and to be the commercial arm of the Amusement Device Safety Council (ADSC). This "not for profit" company would take over most areas previously administered by NAFLIC, including the Registration of the Inspection Bodies and handling of complaints.

ADIPS Limited has now achieved ISO 9001 Registration and will continue to work in the development of standards and working practices aimed at the ongoing improvement of safety and control within the Amusement Ride Industry

Maurice Said:

Is there an outline specific to writing an e-commerce business plan?

We Answered:

sort of, yes
who/what will be your billing system [Pay pal?]
will u have a brick and click or just a web site?

fact; 95% of all pure e-commerce sites fail. YOU either need a fixed site biz to compliment
it or huge research results that indicate people will pay $ at your site.

sometimes, visiting LInked can be beneficial. I have an acct there but
the subscribers are sometimes pure characters and others are skilled, helpful suggesters.

available to guide futther

Arlene Said:

What is the difference between company polices, employee handbooks, and company procedures?

We Answered:

company policy = what your company believe in. It can be as formal as you want.. or as informal as you want.

employee handbook = is employee communication about your company. It should be written in an easy to understand language. You should not just get it written.. because what if you have employees that do not understand english or cannot read? if it is a family run business, you might want to have an informal/.formal session to go thru this with your team and then make this briefing as part of your company new hire orientation procedure.

Company procedures = is very different from the above two. IT is a set of processes and steps for you to do your business. It can include hiring process, performance envaluation process, processing refunds process etc.

you have the 3 documents to reference each other where applicable.

it is always good at the beginning of the document to mention the intention of the document. After you have done that, just make sure you work out the documentation to be within the defined scope.

There is really no hard and fast rules.. but the above are pretty typical.

Miguel Said:

Does every business (no matter how small) require written operating procedures?

We Answered:

No it does not, and lets look at the simplest form of business - the single business owner. Why would he or she waste time and energy writing a manual. Most business soon after getting several employees develop operating rules and procedures out of necessity. I will also add, many will take standardized procedures and modify them slightly for their staffs. Even companies with 100 employees don't often have the inside expertise to come up with the necessary legalize. Hope this helps

Lance Said:

Can u open a business, whilst still writing yr business plan?

We Answered:

The only time you ever need a business plan is when you're trying to borrow money or raise money for your business. It is also a good idea to make one for the days when you wake up and ask yourself, "Why am I doing this business? What is it I hope to accomplish, and where do I want to take this company?" It is only in these instances when a business plan comes in handy, but again... it is not necessary for daily business transactions.

The best thing you can do at this moment in time is SELL, SELL, SELL. If you don't sell to your customers when they come to you, you are going to lose them to your competition. Get them their orders quickly, and they will keep coming back to you... which will be the best way to guarantee your company's success.

Hope this helps.

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