It's very common for many Hohos to work for themselves, and for very good reason. I know that there is a large percentage of them that do not report all their income, or do not have lawfully required licenses or equipment for the work they do. For instance, in AZ there are several of their men, MS and Elder included, who do air conditioning service. They not only do not operate as legal business entities, and therefore do not pay accurate income tax or collect sales tax for parts and equipment sold, but several blow off refrigerant instead of reclaiming it. Big, big fines for that.
One of my sisters is going through a shitty divorce from her abusive Hoho MS husband, he's owned a landscaping biz for 29 years. She has never held a job and is now faced with supporting herself and was hoping for a decent amount of 'spousal support'. When his past tax records were presented to the judge, they showed he has never reported any more than $800 average per month income--all while raising 5 children, owning a nice home on 2 acres, collecting western art and antiques and owning horses.
It's always been an inside joke, 'how je---ah provides for us', how they (myself included, I was raised with the 'suck the milk of the nations' mentality) could just manipulate the facts and the $$$. When really, if they were to act within the law where these businesses are concerned, they'd have far less spendable income.
At any rate, living off piece-work is rough and that pleases their evil 'society', and it reinforces the martyr thing. Afterall, 'the son of god had no where to lay down his pointy little head', he only had that nifty outer garment.