ken_b - 4:43 pm on Feb 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
Diversification is a great idea as long as it doesn't become such a distraction that it keeps you from getting any meaningful work done.
The same can be said for "Planning and Preparation".
I've been on my own for 16 years now. I've seen too many of my friends who wanted the independence of self employment get nowhere because they never got past the planning and preparation stage.
Others were so intent on making the "BIG DEAL" that they went broke trying.
So here's my advice.
Even if it only makes pocket change per deal, make enough of those pocket change deals and you might be able to live pretty well, and it may be what keeps you going while you pursue whatever grander plans you might have.
Good luck and get going!