If you want to see a business owner get in trouble real fast, watch them when they miss payroll. It’s not pretty.
One of the (if not THE) greatest responsibilities a business owners has is to make sure their employees are taken care of when it comes to payday. It’s a sacred trust. That trust includes not just paychecks, but benefits, taxes, all the things that go with compensation.
That responsibility is just as great for the independent contractor working in the gig economy. The only difference is since you are self employed, your employee just so happens to be you.