Here where I live, people do many things under the table to avoid a lot of the red tape you are talking about.
A group of people pooling together equipment for lawn care (mowers, trimmers, etc), using a pick-up truck and trailer to tow the stuff, and get their
work through word of mouth, not actual advertising, and get paid in cash.
I have a step sister who runs a cleaning business, going in and cleaning houses for people with a couple of her friends, and again, it's all word of
mouth and payment in cash. She does quite well for herself, and again avoids all the red tape.
I agree that it's unfortunate that in today's world it's become harder and harder for the average person to start up any kind of business. The red
tape and start up costs mummifies them, to where they give up trying, or simply see it as impossible.
Speaking of Hot dog stands, there is a place near town that had an empty lot on the corner, and that's exactly what someone set up. They have a
trailer and one of those kitchen trailers that you see at carnivals. They set up tents with tables, and of course they went and got a business license
for it. The place is thriving. They sell tacos too now, hehehehe. But a lot of the locals stop there to grab lunch on days when the weather is
Outside the city limits, here in the county where I live, you have people pulling up along side of the road, selling bags of boiled peanuts......or
just junk. No one bothers them. Not the state troopers, sheriff deputies, etc. One is by a old little store that sells sodas, cigs, candy, etc, and
they love it when people set up next to them, as more people are apt to stop there.
Of course I'm down here in SC.....life tends to be a lot more lax in my conservative state. A lot less nanny rules and laws.
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