The bottom line is many small businesses will never stop operating according to the points highlighted in the previous section. There is very limited income from and little interest in growing the business beyond a part-time activity. Underground business persons are willing to accept any risks associated with not paying taxes or following local licensing laws because they will simply stop doing business should they ever get challenged.
Entrepreneurs who want to grow their businesses, however, cannot continue to operate as an underground business. The mainstream clients, customers, and companies who will be instrumental to the business' growth will demand otherwise. Suppliers, customers, and lenders may be interested in expanding their relationship with you, because they grow as you grow. They might be interested in providing you with more supplies and giving you more time to pay them back.
Suppliers, customers, and lenders will not invest in your business if they don't think you're going to be in business for the long term. They won't lend you money or agree to long-term contracts unless they know you'll deliver their goods and service. They also want to see that you operate your business much like they operate theirs, with good business practices, within the appropriate laws and regulations, and common sense.