I'm headed back to IndieConf in Raleigh, NC (http://indieconf.com/2012/) again this year for a presentation called "Anatomy of a Freelancer" in which I share some of the attributes of successful freelancers, 9-to-5ers, and moonlighters that I've observed over the years. I've been doing this since around 2000, successfully or not, and I've seen, met, and worked with folks all across the spectrum. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, myths and facts that surround each, and no one way is the right way.
We're back at our regular location: Panino's Pizza on Orange Ave (http://g.co/maps/u9bwj). If you're looking for parking, on-street metered parking is free after 6pm, and there are a number of city garages nearby. I don't recommend parking at the Plaza, though.
Looking forward to another great meeting this month,
David @ OrlandoPHP.org