Re: So tired of working for others!
saw a guy in starbucks this week selling himself for video/photography of a wedding. He did nice work (alot of MTV-video-like editing which is normal nowadays on the video) but you'd have to think he wastes alot of time driving around to meet clients. i this specific case he lives an hour away!
with the storefront, the thing is it requires a sizable upfront investment. the store you rent is 4 walls and maybe decent floors. you need to do basically everything... renovate, get furniture/desks, get permits, get a business license, register your business, biz insurance, decorate, outdoor lighted sign, establish hours, phones/internet, etc. if you didn't overburden yourself with the new house and can afford this new fixed, monthly expense then it's something to consider.
it goes against your nature but i'd actually THINK about this not be impulsive about it ;-)
That said here is a model to consider.... we have a local (well established) landscaper here who uses a small storefront in town (busy area, good foot traffic) with a looping video playing on a large flatscreen in the window... uses it for consults by appointment. Depending on costs that approach could be somewhat cheaper then local advertising in papers/magazines. You might want to consider that approach (as opposed to a 12-8pm we're open, walk-in store).
One huge benefit is you could also use the store as a STUDIO to shoot indoors w/ full lighting rig. You could also go there and get away from the family because most signficant others have no respect for "work" done at home from what i hear and witness first hand.
the only reason NOT to do the storefront IMHO is if you can't swing the monthly cost and/or won't commit to making it work (ie. want it to remain more a hobby where getting business is a nice luxury but not crucial to the survival of the business).
good luck... glen