You thought that was only going to be about sour grapes, didn't you? Grasshopper. I don't work that way. When you succeed, I'm clapping for your success, not bemoaning the fact that you caved to the mob and paid your tribute for the privilege of seeing to your one and only life on planet earth. If you care to remain stubborn, I don't care about you.
My simple assertion is that there is an implicit and clapping market for the latter, fueled by laziness, fear, incompetence. Like Billy Beck: The Champion of The Lazy and Disenfranchised—and oh, retired military father figures...the proud victims and warriors from another mother.
So let's get to what it takes. First, you have to compartmentalize your principles in favor of the body and mind that's able to integrate and hold principles. Decomposing brains don't do a whole lot with principles. Nor does living in squalor.
According to the US Census Bureau, there's a total of about 28 million firms in America. Of those, only about 6 million of them have payroll. That means there's about 22 million people fully living by their own means, i.e., not using the economies of scale that come with paying an employee a measure of the value of what they can produce...nor only getting a portion of the value of what they can produce from someone else in what's called "a job."
For the 6 million firms with employees, 60% of them have 1-4 employees, and only 19,000 firms in America employ more than 500 employees. Less than 1,000 employ 10,000 or more. I personally had a high of 30 employees, in the company of a half million other firms.
I absolutely loved having employees. Not to boss around, but to challenge and reward. I decided when I had 1 single employee—besides myself—that I was going to be like the early American companies who invented the idea of health care and pension (oh, you thought the government did that, right?). I had 1 employee and I started full company sponsored health care, and a 401K that was 100% matching. But, since I was an "employee" of my own company that participated as well, we didn't pass federal means tests for the 401K (it's complicated; perverse incentives; one size fits all, etc.), so I had to reduce employee matching to 1st 6% (they call it "safe harbor") so that the founder—me—could participate as well. This came to a head when I had about 4 employees and everyone ended up getting back their entire 401K contributions—which they probably just spent.
I was making exactly $2,250 per month personally, at the time. Too "rich" to match more to employees to incentivise them to see to their own rainy days. What a country.
Ok, so now I've just basically told you why you shouldn't even bother, right? It's too hard. The government is designed for those top 1,000 firms employing 500 or more of you. So just sit in your cubicle and next to your kitchen table and tap out your own private Grapes of Wrath on the Internet in your spare time.
Don't think it for a second. I have spent months chewing on what I want to do next after burning down my own house, how to get back in the game...but since I'm so fucking charitable, I can't help but put out there some of the things you might want to look out for. Nothing would make me more happy some day than to hear from someone that because of one little thing I wrote, they saved $100K that went straight into Right Pocket Personal Bank.
Imagine how different America would be if rather than 10%, 50% or more of people in America owned companies, employees or not? Imagine that in the Paleolithic, everyone was a "small business owner," in that they were producing by their own means or in cooperation, and trading those values every day, with still others. Imagine that the Neolithic—with its agricultural technologies and in the last coupla hunerd, industial technologies—gradually collectivised means of production, such that the most obvious move is to work for the man, to get a job. That's a good thing, but a double-edged sword.
We propose a general theory in which the extant of the state and diverse social institutions are determined by the state’s extractive technology and in which this technology is a by-product of the transparency of the production technology.
Billy Beck always tells you, "don't go to college, get a job." That's not bad, but he's so fucking easy to trump, because he's so ignorant, in spite of years of trying to help him cure it...and getting back one-liners with ASTERISKS!!!: "start a business: NOW!"