So it looks like I'm making the switch from full time employee to self-employed contractor due to the job market -- there's just not a lot of work in my area for C++ programmers. I'm working for what's euphemistically called a "body shop" at the moment and while that's paid the bills, it's not a long term solution at the current rates.
I've got the technical chops to succeed as a self-employed contractor. What I'm lacking is the business acumen to do it right. I think a mentor in this area would be great, but I have no idea how to find one.
So, OnStartups users... what's the best way to proceed here, where can I find a mentor that can help me with the business development side here. I want someone that can help me decide if a sole proprietorship is good enough, or if I should be an LLC, or some other 'corporate' entity. Whether I should find a partner, things like that. I'm looking forward to your answers!
EDIT: My thinking about the LLC is to protect my assets (ie my house). As a SP, my understanding is that if someone were to pursue legal action against me for whatever reason, my house, investments, etc are all "up for grabs".
[moved here from stackoverflow.com]