Why Independence Day Means Financial Freedom to Me

When my husband, Earl, left his job as a national accounts manager for book publisher John Wiley & Sons, the very last email he sent from his corporate account carried the subject line "Independence Day."

Like many people who leave a job, Earl (shown at right, and above with me) used his parting missive to wish his colleagues well, to thank his mentors, and to relay his future contact information.

Earl - financial freedom
Earl - financial freedom

He also took the opportunity to declare – emphatically – that he was freeing himself from working for someone else, once and for all. "I'm happy," Earl's email said. "I'm going to start my own business and take my consulting activities to the next level."

And just like that, he bid his colleagues farewell.