< }}” alt=”home-on-the-range1.jpg” width=”300″ />Texas independence is oftentimes perceived and considered in only the so-called big things: its potential effects on international trade, its ramifications in the diplomatic scene, and its financial carryovers from United States affairs.

Many opponents (and sometimes proponents) of Texas secession miss the trees for the forest. Eliminating the federal government’s oppressive influence will help ordinary Texans, but even before this happens, supporters of Texas independence can make a positive impact on people’s lives in different ways.

One of the Texas Nationalist Movement’s goals is to foster the Texas entrepreneurial spirit, and Sanna Teer, a TNM supporter who started her own baking business, shows how independence begins in the small things.

Teer explained that she decided to start her business a year ago, when she read a TNM article about the Texas Cottage Food Law. Before 2011, when the law was passed, bakers were not allowed to operate out of their homes; they were legally required to work in expensive and impractical commercial kitchens.

Teer’s business, Home On The Range, offers what Teer calls “homemade stuff from the oven”—including pound cake, banana bread, zucchini bread, and lemon blueberry bread. She sells her homemade goods at gun shows and various local festivals.

“Never in my life did I think I’d own a business,” Teer explains, “I am constantly surprised now that I do own one. It took a year of pondering and ‘what-if-ing’ to get to the point that I was willing to start this business.”

“The federal government makes it extremely difficult for most businesses to begin or continue,” she continued, citing unnecessary licensing and over-the-top taxes for most industries, “Fortunately, with Texas’ cottage industry law, I was able to start a business with relative ease and without needing a business license.”

Teer said that the federal government is “corrupted beyond repair.” Government’s oversized corruption and massive body of regulations make it a challenge for businesses in most fields to ever start at all, hurting consumers and producers alike.

Owning a business is not as easy as pie, so to speak: “Starting a small business, even one as miniscule as mine, is a lot more work than I had thought it would be. So my advice to those wanting to start a business is to count the cost, make lots of lists, and don’t get discouraged when the lists seem to get longer. Eventually it will all get done,” Teer concluded.


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