Sat, Jul 6, 2013 — I recently got a call from a friend and ex-colleague who was looking for some advice regarding her job situation. She’s contemplating leaving her firm and going into consulting for herself partly because of the toll her current gig is taking on her family life. She and her husband live in Connecticut with their young son and commuting to and from New York City was taking 2 hours each day and making it very hard for her to spend quality time with her husband and son. She wanted to get my thoughts on the situation because she knows that I’ve faced a slimilar issue and have moved from the corporate world to full time consulting myself. In my case, I was commuting on average 1.5 hours each way from my home in northwest NJ to one of three company offices. On days when I had to go into Manhattan, the trip could take 2 hours or more in the morning depending on traffic. I could make it home from the city in a bit more than an hour if I left after 6:30 or 7, which meant on days I worked in NY, I would leave the house at 6:30 am and return after 8 at night. I know that sounds crazy to many people, but that’s not an atypical commute in the NY/NJ area.