I worked for a large AE firm for 10 years, but took a layoff when my project ended. I could have relocated to continue, but didn't like the locations available. So I decided to follow the dream of owning my own biz. I'm struggling my ass off and working harder than I have in a long time. But, I'm enjoying every minute of it. Seriously considering selling my bimmer to make ends meet, but if that's what it takes to be independent, so be it.
I read something, somewhere that said when you work for someone else you can basically calculate out how much you'll make in your lifetime ..just do the math... But when owning your own business your potential is unlimited, I like that thought.