Just incase you need more incentive to go into business for yourself, check out the hourly wage needed to afford the average two-bedroom home in each state.
As you can see, even in the less expensive states you need near $15/hour to own a home. In a state like Illinois, for example, you need almost $21/hour to get a two-bedroom home. Meanwhile the average rate of pay for a retail worker in Chicago is $10.77/hr as of May 5, 2017. Even a retail worker on the higher end of the spectrum makes around $16/hr, and that is usually after many years of service. On the bright side of things, a person in a field such as education would fare much better in Illinois, as side from the state budget woes. The average elementary school teacher, non special education, makes on average of $56, 720 or roughly $27/hr, meaning you can afford that home but probably very little else.