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However, they are now exposing the lunacy of occupational licensing, and I commend them for this audio segment and article.Click here or below to listen (4 minutes):They rightly note that members of many professional organizations are simply using occupational licensing to fight off honest competition—even to the point of banning hair braiding without a license. The gall of these people is astounding. “Why It’s Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License” Jestina Clayton learned how to braid hair as a girl growing up in Sierra Leone. When she was 18, she moved to America. Got married, had a couple kids, went to college. When she graduated from college, she found that the pay from an entry-level office job would barely cover the cost of child care. So she decided to work from her home in Utah and start a hair-braiding business. She found a little niche, braiding the hair of adopted African children. To find new business, she posted an ad on a local Web site. Then, one day, she got an email from a stranger. “It is illegal in the state of Utah to do any form of extensions without a valid cosmetology license,” the e-mail read. “Please delete your ad, or you will be reported.”Read the entire article here.
Licensure requirements are one way for established businesses to limit competition.Think "crony capitalism."
Quote from: EW1(SG) on June 25, 2012, 08:16:31 AMLicensure requirements are one way for established businesses to limit competition.Think "crony capitalism."It's also just a blatant method of controlling the marketplace and making sure government receives the firstfruits of any labor. Government uses licensing and regulation to make itself a primary consideration when taking entrepreneurial risk. Before you can deal with anything else, you must deal with compliance, which sets the stage for your business relationship with government from the word "go". That's a major reason why in this economic climate, so many entrepreneurs are saying, "not now".