After many years of being screwed over by my boss/partner, I’m seriously considering breaking off an moving on to my own business…
I’ve had a few evenings out with our top client (one that -I- found, contracted, and do 90% of the work for, but only get 25% of the billing). He’s more than open to the idea, acknowledging that the good work is mine (and that my boss is an asshole).
Still, it’s a major change. And considering that the SOB of my boss owes me 8000 euros… a major risk. On the plus side, my contact/client was once the boss of the head honcho of his company’s primary competitor, and is sanguine with the idea that I can get both clients. The bottom line is that I can triple my income (after costs) and cut my work load in half. Probably a no-brainer, but I have moral and ethical questions and the logical fear of losing the umbilical cord.
My boss/partner had me working for 6 years without a contract, without contributing to social security (major league illegal). He’s profitted off my work while paying me a pittance, and owes me a hefty sum, so the moral question isn’t so difficult. In fact, if he tries to give me trouble I’ll both sue his ass for his debt, and press charges for having me work illegally. For him that would make him ineligible to work again as a lawyer, so I figure that any troubles he might cause won’t pan out.
I’ll have to invest in a bigger apartment (for a bedroom-office), some telephone and computer infrastructure, and little else. My decision is pretty much made up, but I’d appreciate a devil’s advocate or moral support.
I’m 51 years old and at the current rate I have no chance in hell of ever retiring. If I make this move I’ll have a very decent living, a better working environment, I won’t have to deal with a literally fascist boss/partner, and I might be able to retire at one time or another.
FWIW, an ex-workmate and a current workmate want to participate, which would leave the asshole high and dry and without his most important clients… Frankly the SOB deserves it, but I am reticent about being so vindicative….