Exactly....P3+ said:A BIG Amen to that Freemont! If nothing else you are simply a glorified employee who gets to proudly say you are a "contractor". If they say jump, you better be willing to say how high? Don't forget no such thing as a day off in this biz, you'll need someone to answer the phone or email at all hours of the day/night. Vacations are pretty much non existent (unless you have a crew/second in charge you can trust to get the job done right and close out the W.O.'s).
Simply put, even though you fee like you'll be taking the leap and plunging yourself into a road of prosperity....there are consequences. Your relationships both personal and professional will become strained (i.e. if you have kids/wife....forewarn them that there is now another family member that will be consuming the majority of your time, your friends...well plan to see much less of them) as this biz is a 24/7 commitment and only the strong survive.
Just my .02