Have you ever thought about saving and buying an established company? If I could go back i would have had someone else pay my paycheck so I could save and buy a company. That way I wouldn't have to go threw the "learning curve" of growing a company. It's hard as hell to wake up and work for 12-15 hours a day only to not make any money, and this will happen a lot.
Ive taken advantage of the world market and started a new business. We are building bombs in the shape of prayer blankets for our middle eastern customers. Business couldnt be better. The prophets are going through the roof!!