So, I started a job that I love the first week of April at a photography studio. I do editing/retouching. Everything was fine until a series of events that have lead to me having DS full time, and I am trying to get full custody (ex-DH using drugs around our DS, potentially driving while intoxicated. I've had our DS since I found out about these things going on, and the ex-DH hasn't asked to see DS or anything...which is good, IMO, less for me to fight with him over). I have had an awful time finding a babysitter, which has lead to me working at home some days. Basically yesterday it came to the point where the owner isn't sure if it is worth keeping me around, and said that after reviewing my work later this week he will decide whether or not I can be productive at home or if he is going to fire me.
I've always wanted to be self employed and stay home with DS, and people are telling me that now is the chance to do it. I mostly stay at my boyfriend's place (rent free), but I do have a room that I rent from a friend (my "official" address). That friend said that I would never be homeless if my money situation became that bad, so I do have that safety net that I wouldn't lose the roof over my head. I also would have the option of moving in with my mom, but she lives nearly two hours away from everything I know/love, and we don't get along well when we live together so that is an absolute last resort sort option.
The friend that I am renting a room from also is an artist and wants to be self employed. We have projects we're collaborating on, and the boyfriend may get involved too. They're both pretty popular in our local "scene," which would help with promoting our work and getting us business.
So, I have a lot of support from my friend, my mom, and the boyfriend. I guess at this point I decide if I'm going to bust my butt the next 24 hours to make the owner of this photo place happy and hopefully keep me (which I'm honestly not sure if he will...my work is good, but I struggled at first. And I retouch almost entirely wedding shoots, which I hate to be honest), or go off and finally bite the bullet and do my own thing.
ETA: I guess it is important to note that I have been selling my art work and photography services for a few years now, but not seriously as a full time business. So I know I CAN sell things, I just need to make it official.