I'll bite, there's a chicken and egg problem here. If you can only afford to feed and shelter yourself, where are the savings to buy a robot and ramp up a business going to come from? Everything is easier (although no business is easy) if you when have access to capital, either through inheritance or a job that pays above and beyond a living wage and allows you to save or service debt. To press the point further, nobody just "goes into business for themselves" anymore, it's not that simple. You need liability insurance, accountants, legal advice, marketing, and (again) access to working capital. Even if you have all that, 9 out of 10 businesses fail, landing you right back to square one, but with depleted savings and probably a newly formed unpaid debt.