Here is where I am today:I have been an FA since 2001. I started from scratch and have done fairly well. Today I serve about 225 households and care for about 45 mil. My clients are spread out over 25 states, in large part because I have earned the trust of my clients out-of-state children. According to the surveys of my clients, people think very highly of me. I place in the top 10% of my firm. I have built a relationship-based, planning-oriented practice and have been a CFP® certificant for several years. Revenue grew every year through 2007 when it hit about 300, but this year it will be around 250. My asset mix is 55% funds, 15% bonds, 10% stocks, annuities 15%, the rest is cash. My biggest account is 2 mil. I have lots of accounts that are 400-800. I have never imposed any account minimums so I have quite a few small accounts as well, but they are almost all investing each month.Recently I have been second guessing my choice of employer. The new emphasis on revenue, and the concerning movement of money into a relatively new fee based platform, has left me wondering if I should leave. The idea of being independent is enticing for several reasons. I would no longer have the possibility that I will dip below a company sales goal. A year ago, I could get clear down to 14 a month and simply be a dissapointment. Going forward, if I am below 18 I will have 4 months to get back over 18 or be fired. I have every intention of growing my practice, and am not content with 18, but the possiblity exists that we could have another major bear market in which my time is consumed by defensive call taking, and my numbers will go below 18. I don't want to be forced out. I would rather go now. I am confident that these new sales goals will result in many FAs creating a "solution" for a client just to hit their number...so there is greater risk of being drug through the mud they are creating. I could transition my practice to be a RIA exclusively, but charge a reasonable fee. (My current company has a wrap account that I believe is too expensive -1.35%- but if I discount it down to anything less than 1.15% they cut my net.) I would have multiple platforms to offer a fee based account, and could charge hourly or per plan. Maybe this would go a long ways to helping me fell more like a competent advisor instead of simply a salesman. Or I could just keep acting as broker and deal with the occasional slimy feeling.According to the numbers an independent b/d shared with me, if all things were the same, I would net about 25 more a year than I currently do. Of course, the numbers will not all be the same, as not all of my accounts will follow. I wonder about the out of state clients. It would seem they would be less likely to follow. My biggest account is 2 mil. I have lots of accounts that are 400-800.I like the idea of creating a team of advisors. FAs, attorneys, CPAs all under one roof. As an independent, this has potential. There is zero possibility of this arrangement occuring now with my employer.My employer intends to add several more offices to my town. Already, they have more offices than we have gas stations. I can't help but think that the addition of more offices, occupied by inexperienced advisors, is going to perpetuate the perception that my company is for the little guy, who is not in need of sophisticated planning. I want to be an advisor that is considered competent, not simply a stock broker.I love the idea of owning my business. I think people think more of businessmen who are independent. Am I mistaken? I think more of a CPA with his own name on the door than one with H&R Block...So in my way of thinking I will be better posiitoned to gather assets. BTW, I opened over 120 accounts (not households) last year so I am still growing.I would be grateful for your thoughtful input. I would appreciate any suggested resources as well.