The rumors are true. They work you to death the first year, bore you to death the second year, and scare you to death the the third year. Lucky I had friends that stuck it out in the long runs and lawyer advice is only a phone call away (and free of charge.)
Business law was my main interest of expertise as owning my own business was an ideal goal which eventually developed into becoming my own business when pursuing interest in entertainment. Myself and my endeavors aside it should be common knowledge to understand your rights especially living in an age where everyone (and their business personal or professional) is usually public whether they like it or not (unless you’re the Woodstock baby with no records whatsoever living in the woods since birth.)
Owning a business is especially difficult these days (good and bad) due to the fact a large majority of us has online access on almost every device we own for communication. An opinion can literally be posted in seconds whether positive or negative which can be dangerous for the fate of your business. There is a saying “the customer is always right” but more often “the customer cannot differentiate freedom of speech and slander” which is often the case in voicing an opinion with baseless information. Lets say you own a restaurant and business is booming (and with success comes negativity.) This appears online more often as people think they still have anonymity/live a second life online and say things they wouldn’t say in public (aka REALITY.)
A fun fact people don’t consider is the fact everything you do from deleting tweets to old forgotten work from when you were in your teens is archived on the sites with your information behind it. This information still exists even though you may have long since gotten rid of the information (which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.) I am in no way Edward Snowden but what he did was basically what the film Super Size Me was to McDonalds as this is knowledge that shouldn’t be a shock to anyone (and business isn’t slowing down anytime soon.)
Now with this being said be aware of your surroundings, your rights, and what you have for you (and possibly against you.) Always having the intellectual upper hand regarding your rights is always something to have in your corner especially if you plan on starting your own business (and more businesses solely making their income online.) As they always say, the pen is mightier than the sword so know what you’re talking about and don’t let a conflict of interest from an outsider interfere with your business as they might need something better to do with their time.