My twonie (Cad$2 coin â with Polar bear) is there's a vast difference as Tomcole pointed out between a âworkâ environment and being on one's own. There will still be a âdaily grindâ whether or not you are employed or self-employed. Starting your own business demands greater responsibilities than being an employee and you know the stats for new business failures. You may however be in a âmid life crisisâ. Such crises occur at different ages to different people, affecting individuals to greater/lesser degrees. This life experience can lead to great new beginnings, residence in a different country, âdoing what Iâve always wantedâ, completely different career path, but at the worst a lengthy depression/s can occur when the âcrisisâ phenomena/experience isnât recognized for what it is â â. . . a dangerous opportunity â http://www.lessons4living.com/midlife.htm If you are looking for an âalternativeâ to your current situation/life then quitting your job and trading for yourself may not be a good idea, may in fact spiral you downward. It would be better to ask your employer for a 12 month leave of absence â once youâve been able to determine IF you are experiencing m-lc, researched the subject, created a âmapâ, and included your wife in the mapping.