Are there any legal issues I should know about before I consider self employment?
After spending a large portion of last year looking for a job, I have started considering alternate forms of employment.
One of these alternate routes I am thinking about is self employment, particularly freelance programming. I have a gift for learning IT related subjects... and I have loads of free time to study and develop my personal projects due to my being unemployed.
Are there any laws or legal risks involved that I should know about? (I live in the US, for legal reference.)
It's not like I'm planning to jump on a freelance coding forum and start advertising tomorrow (... or even this year, for that matter. I would need to build my qualifications first.) but I would like to know a bit about the legalities now, instead of having to learn everything all at once later.