The negatives aside, this is a great business. I work with wonderful clients. I help people and make a difference. I also have the flexibility to care for my aging parent . Be sure to research the brokers before you leap. Training, support, reputation, follow through, history, leads, etc are all a part of the package not just commission split. Look at the costs of doing business. What do you need to financially invest as well as time. This is rarely a 40 hour a week job. The TV shows make it look easy. If it were easy the number of agents who get out after only 18 months in business would not be so high. You asked about the timing. Timing is everything in business. Only you can evaluate if this is the right time for you to start a new business.