There IS a light at the end of the tunnel.
While I have wanted to work for myself for AGES, it didn't become crystal clear that I could make it happen until I was forced to stop running. So I have a torn (but not quite as torn as it used to be!) peroneal tendon to thank for this. Today is the first day of a bright future for me!
I have a refurbished, snazzy laptop AND a business license -- let the games begin. I have my own domain on the web (soon to be disclosed!) and I have designed my new business cards. I have the blessing of my CPA and Chasen's full support. I even have a "starter job" from my as-of-today former boss. I have three leads for other work. Now it's time to pound the pavement (if only I could do it in my Brooks....)