I cured some of those ills when I left a large law firm seven years ago and started my own small firm. My take on your list:The commute. I still have an 18 mile commute each way. I spent the last two years learning Spanish while commuting which alleviated the boredom but may not have improved my driving skills.Sharing a public bathroom with stinky co-workers. As a 50 year old owner, I am probably the stinky co-worker.Meetings. THAT is a major accomplishment for me. Instead of meeting for several hours on Tuesday nights after a gruelling workday and listening to people talk endlessly about stupid cr4p, we now have one meeting at the end of the year, figure out our bonus, if any, and share a six pack or a bottle of wine.Getting up at a particular time every weekday. I still do that.Mean co-workers. I was able to fix that one. I like both of my law partners and our five paralegals actually like each other.Windows. Still have windows.Packing a lunch. I do that more than ever before because of a greater commitment to saving and retiring and less guaranteed income.Windows that don't open. I fixed that one. Our office is in a large, 100 year old house instead of a large downtown building.Idiotic rules and regulations. If the rules and regs are idiotic here, at least they are my idiotic rules and regs.But I work harder and sometimes I make less money than before. It's worth it to have my own business, but it's a drawback to not have a guaranteed salary.
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