The corporation itself is liable for the actions of the business, not the shareholders.
Self-employed workers whose businesses are incorporated are sometimes counted as wage and salary workers because technically they are employees of their business.
Hiring More Prevalent Among Self-Employed Asians, Whites and Men Self-employed Americans and the workers they hired accounted for 44 million jobs in 2014, or 30% of the national workforce, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of data the U. Census Bureau recently made publicly available for the first time.
However, in a countervailing trend, there has been a shift toward incorporated businesses, which are more likely than unincorporated businesses to have paid employees.
The share of workers who are self-employed and have incorporated businesses rose from 2.9% in 1990 to 3.7% in 2014, and the share of workers who are unincorporated fell from 8.5% in 1990 to 6.3% in 2014.
Most job creation by the self-employed—22.5 million out of 29.4 million—flowed from those with incorporated businesses.
While most self-employed workers owned unincorporated businesses, those with incorporated businesses were three times as likely to employ others for pay, by 41% to 13%.
There are significant differences in self-employment and hiring across demographic groups.