Zivush - 5:45 pm on Mar 3, 2012 (gmt 0)
"real world", for me, the real world is the Internet.
I made the opposite way - from a very rewarding job in a high tech company as senior IT program manager to a home business.
After ~ 3 years the home business became a company running on my laptop..No employees, only part time writers and freelancers here and there.
3 years ago I didn't know how to build a website, php, html, SEO etc. I learned on the go.
I guess my rich background helped me learn these.
I wouldn't replace my current business with any other job.
Most of my sites were hit by Panda. So what?
I will survive. Why should I give up? I believe that those who survive will benefit from the Panda.
It is just like any industry with its ups and downs.