Working for yourself rather than the employer has its difficulties, such as losing insurance benefits or a reliable paycheck. But it comes with trade-offs that, for many workers, surpass the challenges: the ability to set your own schedule, choose your own projects, create your own career path, and focus on the goals that you value.
For these reasons and many more, self-employment is the career path of choice for more than 10% of the United States population.
One way to move to self-employment is to start consulting in the field in which you have already worked. For example, if you work for a law firm, you could work as a legal consultant for businesses that do not have domestic legal staff.