Awesome article Michael. I have been considering a similar business model and it was great to hear your experience and certainly enlightening. To a point that I have to seriously consider the viability of continuing or to look for something else.
Business schools, Commerce and MBA students would benefit from reading your story.
I wish you all the best in your future ventures and would love to hear about what you do end up doing some day. Im sure, with what you have learned, you are that much closer to success.