I know that I am an independent researcher and I have recently done research in a linear programming problem in my job and was able to get the same objective value within 24 hours, which IBM's Cplex was taking around 72 hours. I did something which the MS and PhD guys actually failed.
But I don't have enough time and money required to do MS or PhD. How can I help myself?
Basically the question is how to become a scientist in the field of mathematics, I mean invent or discover some formula/theory/assumption and then get the degree of Phd as an award/reward. Obviously someone would be needed as a guide who tells me the area of research, where other researchers did not succeed.