Names Luke. I just started my own business as well. I am an Australian but now live in Montreal Canada. I worked in the marine industry in Australia but recently launched my own consultancy called Duform™ | Consultants Duform | Commercialization Consultants.
I have expanded my business from consulting to now contract manufacturing as I just bought myself a CNC CO2 Laser Cutter. I also set up another company that manufactures home gift products that I now distribute to retail stores in Quebec and Ontario. I bought the laser cutter to build my product catalogue but also provide contract manufacturing (controlling my costs and offering short run product launches that meet demand).
I agree, this website is great to get in touch with like minded people. My push for setting up my own business was I have to spend an equal amount of time in Australia as I do in Canada so working for a company was not possible. I quit my job, and sat down for around 3 months preparing a business model that will allow for the least amount of capital investment, with maximum returns.
Although I am still very new to setting up my own company, the learning curve has been very rapid and I am now secure with my investment.
If you want to talk more, you can get me on Skype. luke_duform. Otherwise send me an email email@example.com
Good Luck mate.