The traditional and old way of doing a black market business was to stay invisible. This is not the approach I really recommend but I will say a few words about it. First we have to talk about privacy. There’s lots of different ways to do this. There’s a book by J. J. Luna called “How to Be Invisible” — that will teach you how to “disappear.” It’s a great book. When I was reading it, I was struck by how many things I was already doing, instinctively, not knowing there was already a guide to living and doing business that way! I used to spend a great deal of study on how to become invisible, or “disappear,” until I found a better way. These days my goal as a liberty activist is to simply live in the open as a free man. I don’t want to have to live in fear; I also don’t want to make myself an easy target so that I can be easily shut down, either. So there’s a balancing act. That’s something that you’re going to have to personally decide — where you’re going to come down on this. Are you going to come down where you’re completely open, as I am? I don’t care if people know that I am running this kind of business. I’m proud to be an Agorist. Agorist is a fancy word for a person who believes that you should be able to have a free market without government interference. Will you, like me, be a proud Agorist and “wear it on your sleeve,” or will you stay in the shadows praying you never get caught? My mission in life right now is to encourage this system to grow, so I’m open about it and want to show others it can be done.
The alternative representing the other end of the spectrum would be people who are the complete opposite. You’d never know who they are. They could be a friend, family member or neighbor and you would never have a clue. Many folks like this run a business completely anonymously. You can even run a business overseas anonymously, and if you run your business correctly, nobody will ever know who is making what income, including the state. I’d like to give you a few tips from the book, but in the end, it’s not what I’m trying to focus on. It’s more practical to focus on how to do this without sneaking around. It’s a process. Many people will become interested in escaping the system while they still have a regular job, with paychecks subject to taxes, workers’ compensation insurance and the like.
Use some common sense in your transition into an Agorist lifestyle. If you’re reading this, you’re probably starting to get a little bit excited about launching yourself beyond the reach of the state, and I really have to encourage you to keep both feet on the ground! Don’t quit your job! I know the reason you’re interested in starting a black market business is that you can’t stand your boss, you’ve had enough, etc., but you can’t just stop working without completely destroying your life. You have to ease into this. It doesn’t mean you can’t make this transition or that you can’t sometimes do it quickly. You may be able to. I’ve seen it happen.Credit: Tarrin Lupo, “How to Make a Living Outside the System,” no copyright claimed