So, I'm nowhere near being as pro as some of you, and I have a lot to learn yet, but I'm confident enough in myself that this is something I can excel at and make it. Everywhere I look, I see a photo opportunity and everything I see I'm constantly composing into a picture in my mind. I'm so bored with the paper pushing 9-5 job and I can't continue it. So, this is my dilemma. I have an empty office that I'm going to transform into a studio, and I've talked to my developer a bit about getting it set up and I think I know what I need in terms of equipment. I know I'm not ready to make it my full time business right now. I need to practice in the studio and get comfortable with it and really know what I'm doing. It's scary to think about leaving the comfort & stability & of course the security of my 9-5 job, but I feel like I have to. It's eating away at me and I feel like the more time I spend here the more it's sucking the artistic part of me away. The more I work, the less time I spend on my passion and what I truly want to do. I see many threads started here with people wanting to go pro...and it's not only what I WANT to do, I feel that it's what I'm meant to do. It's just really scary to think about being completely responsible for ensuring the money is coming in and for running a business. My other half has his own business and I know it's a lot of work. That doesn't really intimidate me, because I spend nearly 12 hours on this job if you count it from the time I roll out of bed, til the time I pick the kids up after. The hours, that is, don't intimidate me, but it's the uncertainty of how much $$ is coming in from week to week or month to month. So, did anyone else go through this? Did you always do your own thing or have you also started out working for someone else and then leave it all to work for yourself? And did you do this with a family? What do you do about benefits/insurance? Are you able to support a family just doing portraits? Which leads me to another issue. I've done a few weddings and I don't want to do them frequently. Is it possible to survive & make a living without doing weddings? What steps did you take from the time you decided to leave the day job & pursue a career? What were the most important issues you faced and how long did it take to get yourself comfortable enough to leave your job? I would LOVE to just quit, take my retirement money & use that to get me started & going, and if it were just me, I'd probably do it, but I have really great benefits right now & couldn't leave that on a whim since I have kids.