Now that you’ve started practicing agorism
– the idea that by trading outside the purview of the state we can
bring about complete liberty – it’s time to consider how you’ll continue
doing it. This is no small matter to be overlooked or pooh-poohed. It’s
easy to start a new project, but not always so simple to keep it going.
It’s About Trade
To practice agorism is considerably less complicated than it might
sound. It’s just about trading with your fellow man. Period. Don’t
report the transaction to anyone. Don’t charge or pay taxes on the
transaction. Just trade and profit. So, many of the same rules that
apply to starting a small business, or most any endeavor, also apply to
agorism.7 Ways to Keep Doing Agorism
- Find something you enjoy, and have fun doing it. If you can’t stand
making widgets, then that’s not going to be your agoristic endeavor.
- Keep it easy, simple and low-pressure at first. You may go through
a dozen ideas before you hit on one that you enjoy and is profitable.
Only invest as much as is absolutely necessary to get your project in
front of other people. Don’t splurge or assume the project will be a
winner. Be agile and ready to move on.
- It absolutely must be profitable. This is business, not charity. If
you’re not making money, why do it? If you’re taking a loss, you’re
doing it wrong. Do what you need to do to make a profit. Ruthlessly cut
your costs. Don’t be afraid to charge whatever it takes to make a
- Find some friends to do it with. You don’t have to go in as
partners, just find complementary activities you can each do
individually. You trade your chicken’s eggs for your friend’s hot
peppers. You trade your goat’s milk for another friend’s beef steak.
The possibilities are endless and you each come out ahead.
- Start a regular meetup to discuss agorist theory and engage in
trade. Keep it laid back. Sell your services and products to the people
- Investigate your competition in the state-run markets. What are
their strengths and shortcomings? Consider how you can incorporate
their innovations and improve on their faults.
- Make sure your product or service is competitive with the state
economy. Don’t overprice it. Try to provide something better or
something that’s missing in the state economy.
Just Keep Going
The most important thing is to just keep going. Your projects may
fail. You may get frustrated but you can’t give up. Failure is the
prerequisite for success. Keep at it. Keep learning and you will