About a year ago, I set a goal for myself to seek early retirement as aggressively as I could. Part of it is knowing that I had at least two years left at my current job and living at the same place while my wife finished her graduate school. It is now a year later and I have a little over a year left before we need to make the next big decision in our lives. Most likely, it will result in us moving, but that leaves me with an even bigger decision.
The first step to becoming your own boss is to identify a field about which you feel passionate. For me, that was freelance writing; I feel about the written word the way many people do about a bowl of ice cream or an exquisite bottle of wine. That’s not the right move for everyone, though; if you’re finance minded, you may be drawn to mortgage broking, a field that also gives you the chance to set your own course.