I became self-employed and VAT-registered in 1997 (and have also been a company director since 2014). Being stalked sucks. Otherisation sucks too and England is awash with otherisation. That is part of the problem. But all is well that ends well. Bottom line? All living beings matter. Victims too. And even stalkers and bullies.
Chasing meaning is better for you than avoiding discomfort