The person who works in the school system making 80k plus benefits with vacation days and sick days are very hard to come by. They are out there but depends where you live. Being self employed in my opinion is that same as working for someone but a little more homework. If I work for an electrician and he sends me to a job its my responsibility to get it done. No different in my opinion if I was on my own. Only pain in the ass is looking at a job or doing billing when you don't feel like it. All depends on what you want in life. If you do the same, expect the same. I recently started my own company and i've been happy with it. it is a lot more time but its time how i choose.