I have currently been employed for 10 years, I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur but the risk initially was too great when buying a house and I had no savings to draw from.
In the past couple of years I have worked my way up to a position which demands pretty much all of my spare time but pays well. However, as I have moved up I have become frustrated with "corporate culture" and spend most of my time being a "yes man"/preparing slides for the C suite to understand rather than apply my brain/analysis as such, and input is valued a lot more than output.
I feel like I would have greater fulfillment if I worked for myself, however this is a big risk and I currently have no time to prepare without completely quitting my job.
As a halfway point, I have accepted my old job with a previous employer, however my current company have given a counter offer. The choice is between a $60k job which is in real life 30 hours a week versus $100k for around 60 hours a week plus weekends.
My gut is to go for the lower paid job, as long term I can use my spare time to prepare for starting a business. Also, if a company is prepared to offer $100k for something that's not even my key competency, then if I work to my strengths then it's possible I could get more long term.
My question is have you ever made a decision to take a step "back" to create more time for yourself to move forward? I have heard of people giving up jobs as lawyers, consultants etc to become entrepreneurs. Has this been a correct decision in hindsight or do you have regrets?