One-Man-Band Businesses Are Not Playing So Well

Chances are you know a number of people with one-man-band businesses -- proprietors who work for themselves and don't have any paid employees. Real estate agents, beauticians and handy men are good examples of "nonemployer businesses." While those individually-run operations used to be common, they're not so much any more. Their number has dropped by more than 260,000 across the United States over a recent two-year period, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.