These “Bureau-Zombies” Will Eat Your Business Alive

“If the power to tax is the power to destroy, the power to regulate is no less so”

Markham Shaw Pyle

On Jan 3, 2017 a popular Manhattan Chinese Restaurant shut down.

Not because of a lack of customers.

But because of bureaucratic over regulation.

For nearly 25 years The China Fun Restaurant was renowned for it’s soup dumplings and piquant General Tso’s chicken.

Albert Wu, the owner of China Fun said he had to close his doors because the climate for small business in New York is extremely hostile.

He said, “The state and municipal governments, with their punishing rules and regulations, seem to believe that we should be their cash machine to pay for all that ails us in society. In a one-restaurant operation like ours, you’re spending more time on paperwork than you are trying to run your business.”

Think this kind of thing can’t happen in our industry?

Check this out.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute just put out a report showing how Obama’s presidency produced 81,640 total pages (27 feet high) of regulations and rules in 2016 alone – shattering the previous record set in 2010 by 235 pages.

Bureau-Zombies are sucking the lifeblood out of small businesses and any economic recovery.

If you type “over regulation is killing small business” into Google you can read article after article about it from publications like,,,,,, etc.

The point of all this?

It’s to wake you up to the fact you cannot afford to be lazy.

You cannot afford to be complacent.

You cannot afford to put off making your business successful sooner rather than later.

Because one day you’ll look around and realize it’s too late. You’ll find yourself in the exact same position as Albert Wu did and have to shut down because of all the city, state and federal regulations put on you.

But there is some good news.

Right now, as far as area rug cleaning is concerned, we are still in the wild, wild West.

Compared to a lot of other industries we’re pretty much unfettered when it comes to regulations. Except for maybe some water and air quality issues, almost anything goes.


This will not last forever. Things can change overnight.

Bureau-Zombies are always looking for another victim to sink their sharp toothed regulations into and then suck dry.

So if you are not making a great living right now and able to sock away tens of thousands of dollars every year into your retirement fund, you have to make a choice.

Are you going to keep doing the same as you are now and pray the regulations never catch up and force you to shut down?

Or are you going to do what it takes to make your business more profitable than you can imagine?

Hopefully you’ll choose the second one.

Not just to make money before the creeping regulations take over, but because it’s the right thing to do.

Owning a highly profitable company means you have options.

Options like providing security for your family and for those who work for you.

Options like getting out of debt, creating a retirement fund, securing your children’s future and helping charities you believe in.

Options like being able to easily sell your company for a whole lot of money.

You can’t do any of that if you’re struggling. And if you don’t change your ways it’s only going to get worse.

So what should you do?

Find yourself a mentor who is already successful at doing what you want to do.

Someone who actually lives and breathes the information they teach in their own area rug cleaning business.

And not from those who pretend to know what it takes to make successful area rug cleaning business.

To help figure out the difference, here are a few questions to ask yourself before investing in any mentor for your company.

  • Have they built a successful business from the ground up – or did they just inherit one?
  • Do they teach profitable, proven information successfully developed and used in their own area rug cleaning company or did they just do a fancy repackage of information they got from other sources?
  • Do they have information specifically created for the area rug cleaning niche or is it only general information that can be applied to almost any industry?
  • Does their area rug cleaning company truly dominate the market in their city/town or are they just one of many?

Once you answered those questions, I’m pretty sure the answer will be clear as to what to do next.

Stephen “Dusty” Roberts