Here's a really interesting article about people leaving traditional work to become part of what has been called the "Free Agent Nation."
I see myself in some ways as having done the same. In other ways, I see myself as having just dropped out. I wish I could find more web development work. I really do enjoy that kind of work. It has not been easy to find enough work to stay busy at it and also get paid.
I also wish sometimes that there was some kind of real, face-to-face group of other web developers I could be a part of. I miss the good old days working with Patrick and Will and talking shop and cracking lame programmer jokes at lunch.
Someday soon I hope my two jobs will be finished and I can put them on my resume. If they don't ever finish, I may have to rethink this free agent thing.