In 2001, I had been working for a specialty construction company for 21 odd years. Things were not going well within the company (ownership vs management, drugs, sales dropping, etc.) and I decided to leave the company and do clerical work from my home. I had one client for about five months prior to leaving. In April, 2001, I found my second client and jumped ship!
I have done okay - two clients morphed into my current five (with some tiny jobs in between). Most are small, needing minimal work over the course of a year. With a senior and freshman in high school in 2001, I found it more rewarding over the last ten years to be available to them during their college years and post. I am not a major bread-winner in any form, but it works for DH and I.
The company I worked for prior to my quitting has since gone belly-up. They owed me money for options I had to sell when I left. The company, owner and manager (yes, three separate entities) had all signed agreements to pay me and all went bankrupt! Glad I got out when I did; just wish I didn't lose the money owed to me, but I had no choice.