Hi Eric, welcome to the boards. :-)
You`re actually a representative of a tidal wave about to come into
play in our historic times. Countless people are reading the writing on
the wall, seeing that there isn`t anymore a "secure" future found in
working for an employer.
Pretty much everyone has heard of the growing small business sector,
and we have a lot of information from history books about the pioneer
days, cottage industry, and the self-made people of the past.
America was founded on the principle of free enterprise, and the
capacity to make of oneself whatever one might accomplish. AND to keep
the fruits of one`s own labor. And so, many people are entertaining the
notion of "maybe soon" starting their own business.
The desire and environment for starting a single-owner venture isn`t
slowing down. In fact, it`s just a tiny trickle, right now, in
comparison to what will happen when the floodgates open and starting a
business becomes a "fad."
By that, I mean when the corporations start cracking, and outsourcing
becomes even bigger than it is. "Fad" in the sense that people are
talking about it on the streets, and everywhere. It becomes "the next
thing," so to speak.
My advice is to listen to your intuition! It almost routinely takes two
years to go from the first inspiration to making enough money that
you`re willing to call what you`re doing a business. Then it takes more
time to make enough to replace an employment wage or salary.
Even though so many domains are taken, this is still the "frontier."
It`s the Wild West, in that not much has come under government
regulation. That`s coming too, with taxes, constraints, and an attempt
to grab as much money as possible from the last remaining growth sector
of the economy.
Get into it now. Don`t just mess around with a maybe-kinda-I-dunno
vague thought that someday things might have to change. Things ARE
going to change, and in the not-too-distant future.
Figure out what you enjoy doing, what you`re good at doing, what you`re
skilled at doing. Then figure out how you can interest other people in
either buying that or trading (bartering) for it. I`d suggest you try
to find something tangible, as it`s easier than selling an intangible
like a service.
Modern life has become filled with people who move paper around, and
believe they`re actually doing something. But real life involves
actually doing something necessary. We`re coming to a time where there
won`t be room for people to make money doing nothing. So figure out
something that has a real value, then work out how you could get
involved in starting to sell it.