I've been a staff engineer for about four years at a commercial studio. I'm starting to get a little bit of work outside of the studio and it's about to get to the point where the two are starting to interfere with each other. The staff position is great because I have a reasonable amount of security in knowing that I will be working on something at some point. The outside gigs are great because I really like the music better and I'm not dealing with the egos and attitudes of the people at the big studio. How do you know when the right time is to throw in the towel at the staff job and go freelance? I have a few projects I'm working on that could sustain me financially for a short while, but when those projects are done....? Any advice?