Oh yeah. Just last week, I went for a consultation meeting with my CPA. While she was reviewing my consultant income, she noticed the heading on my invoices indicating engineering planning and project management, and was suddenly excited at the prospect of referring me to her husband`s contracting firm, which was in desperate need of engineering project skills to help with more work than they could handle.
Man, it would`ve been easy to bite on that one.... (thoughts to self: "hey, I`m already doing this kind of work as a consultant, and I know I`m really good at doing it for government contractors ... wait a second - part of the reason I came in here was to discuss setting up my accounting system for my new LLC [which is NOT related to project management] ... but it would be SO easy.")
Hey Nikole, need some chips to go with that "dip"?
I ran my own business for 16 years and actually succumbed to such a temptation. After 9/11, the demand for security consultants was red hot, and I got an offer from a major corporation that I just couldn`t refuse.
I did the corporate thing for five years, and then resigned last March. I have since reestablished my old consulting business and am loving it. In many ways it is as if I never left, but I have a far greater appreciation for being in business for myself once again. It`s hard to put a price on freedom and the ability to do what you think is right rather than what is politically correct from a corporate standpoint.
Nikole, if you get tempted, try getting up early in the morning, taking your child to day care, and then commuting for 90 minutes to near where one of the programming jobs might be. Spend the day at a coffee shop, and then commute back just in time to pick up your kid before day care closes. Repeat as many days as necessary to lose the urge.