Who signs the paychecks? The people who work there or the business that employs the people? One needs the other, but if there is no business, there is no need for the people. By the way - If you were self employed for 9 years, why did you give it up? If you'd used better and smarter business practices your business would have been successful and still under your management.. Was your 9 year business under a union contract? Did you pay your help union scale and provide full benefits? Just wondering. No need to answer.