First thing is first. Make sure you have a good peer-to-peer relationship and a strong network of colleagues and or associates. Then focus on a core product or service and realize you work for the customer instead of yourself at the start. If you can market yourself effectively and have a marketable skill or service then, yes you can freelance, but don t expect to make a ton of money off the bat. It usually takes about 3 to 5 years to really get the ball rolling and carve out a strong niche with repeat customers, so I wouldn t quit your day job just quite yet. Try to focus on your skill set and quietly getting your name out there without going head-to-head with your current employer, you could end up shooting yourself in the foot there. Start small and build confidence from there, and before you know it you will have people calling you from all over looking to use your services or buy your products, not because they are superior to everyone else s, but because you will have established a strong reputation within and industry and they know you to go good work. It goes something like that, but expect to fail and plan to succeed. We all do.