A few days into a 3 week vacation with my family I received a call that I wasn't surprised to receive. The company where I had worked for 6 years was downsizing and my position, along with many others in our department, was eliminated. Since downsizing (or worse) was happening across the entire sector, I didn't take it personally. In fact, I took it as a sign that I should try something different. A friend recently said that "getting laid off is one of the best thing that ever happened to him", and I hope to look back and say the same some day.
So I am officially hanging out my shingle and becoming an independent contractor. I've worked as a full time employee for the entirety of my 18 years in the industry, so working for myself is going to be something completely new. So here begins a new chapter in my life: Birch Cove Software, LLC. Wish me luck, and let me know if you have any tips or resources for getting a consulting business off the ground.