1. I Was Forced Out
"I was an executive chef and I had asked for a 40-hour-a-week guaranteed schedule on my return, and they said no. My company had given me an honorary title of head of dining services which apparently meant I was a department head so if they needed me 80 hours a week, I would have to suck it up. So I ran out the clock and quit. I used those four months of paid leave to start my own company." -Grace A.