I left my full time job last August, not quite 2 years after I opened Harold Studio.
The decision was incredibly terrifying for me, a young woman with a mortgage and other things in life to worry about keeping up with financially, to do. It is, still, somewhat of a terrifying idea to me. Being under 30, owning my own home and responsible for my own paycheck(or being self-employed). I have acquaintances who think I've got it all together. That I have a good head on my shoulders, and that I know what I'm doing. I think the only people who really know how terrified I am are my parents and the one or two other people who are closest to me.
I seriously have very little clue what I'm doing most of the time. Most of the time, I am asking the advice of many different people. Some, whose opinions I value, others who I know will have a different perspective than one I've considered before. Most of the time I am doing things by trial and error and hopefully learning from where I've erred. I'm making less mistakes now. But, I still very much make them!
I'm learning how to better delegate and also, how to most efficiently use my time. One of the things that was most difficult for me transitioning from working full time to working for myself full time was keeping to a schedule and sticking to it. It is so easy to work all the time but not very effectively. I'm trying to do a better job of keeping to a schedule. It gets easier. Not much, but it definitely does.