"The Rich get richer and the Poor get children" (Ancient saying)
All the years I worked for my Dad in his business I was classified as "Self Employed"and after being miserably paid for long hours of talented ,seriously crafted work I had to somehow always find $1,000 to $1,200 for my self employed tax.
I was not "Self-Employed" by any measure of it and he owned the truck I worked out of so he took the depreciation and expenses all I "owned" were the clothes on my back, yet, I was self employed!?
Some other countrys are much tougher than this one to establish a business in. I was told in Peru you must pay a year's taxes in advance before you open the door for business because so many went "under" never paying any taxes.
A lawyer from Peru told me this maybe 10 years ago, maybe things have changed since them?
Most self-employed people in this USA have no health insurance either, what does this tell you?
Being self-employed is not easy or a lucritive for a great many of us, it is all that we have, the title makes us seem more successfull and it often stops right there.
By the way, my Dad never made or had any noticable amount of wealth or money from his working 80 hours a week either. He was not piling up a fortune using my back.