I feel like I need to air this out in a public forum and get some opinions and advice from people who have been in a similar position. I feel like friends, family and colleagues are just going to tell me what they think I want to hear. I am 30 years old and have been an entrepreneur since I was 17. I have only worked a couple of times for other people and it was usually just because I needed to make some money to keep the business going. For the past 5 years I have only focused on one business - an advertising agency. I loved every aspect of it, the creativity, the business side, the long hours, the travel, etc. At it's peak I had about 9 full time employees and we were growing rapidly (2 years ago). We lost a big account and I restructured the business and changed our focus. During this transition I decided I would keep most of the employees freelance (lower overhead) and hire just a few very well seasoned professionals. It was a great idea and gave us a lot of flexibility. The restructure was working and we were gaining a lot of momentum. The problem - we weren't closing any new business. The worst part - most of it was for reasons out of our control. We didn't lose business to other agencies, or because we weren't qualified - it just seemed like the majority of the clients we were pitching decided to abandon projects, go another direction, or put it on pause for a long period of time. After 9 months with the new employees I had to make the tough decision to let them go. Financially we just were not sustainable. This loss of momentum has been really tough on me. I feel like the past few months I just haven't had the 'fire' that I used to. I come into the office get what must get done and then that's it. I am not pushing to grow the business, I am not up all night excited because of prospects, I am not even taking some opportunities that are passed my way because I feel that it will just slow down the business overall. I don't care as much about our projects, and I feel like a lot of what we do is just a time suck and not moving us forward. This morning I sat in the office and was wondering what the hell I was doing. Am I completely sick of this? Do I need a change of pace? Do I need to think about starting a completely different company in a different industry? Do I want to call up one of my entrepreneur buddies and ask for a position? (scratch that last one, I hate working for other people). I just don't know. Sorry to vent on this forum, but I need some outside opinions. Am I really sick of this, or am I just fried because things are not where I want them to be? Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.