Let me just answer the question first. Here is the short list:
- Software Consultant/Contractor
So, the first question on *your* mind should be "You are quitting your day job, and you don't know what you business is going to be yet?!?"
Well, the answer to that question is yes and no -- very decisive ;-)
With the exception of maybe step #1, it is a good idea to know what type of business you want to start.
At this point, I am going to be doing something in software. My first inclination is a Micro-ISV. (This term was coined by Eric Sink and talked about by folks like Michael Lehman and Bob Walsh) I do have some ideas. However, this requires a lot of decision making. Will I have a partner or two? Will I fund it myself? Can my ideas sell? All that stuff. But they are questions, I know I can answer.
I am also looking into partnering with someone who is also venturing out on his own. My primary lead is with someone I have worked with before and have a good rapport with -- a key ingredient; no, *the* key ingredient in any partnership.
And, I am looking into contracting and consulting as well -- this could be done in conjunction with being a Micro-ISV.
Now to answer what should have been *your* first question. I do have some stop gaps in place to ensure that me and my family can be fed during this transition making process. I am the type of person who wants to concentrate fully on starting my business and not have another full time job to worry about.
A lot of answers will be provided in the next couple of weeks. Stay tuned.