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Flirting With Disaster

When your business takes up 18 hours a day, who has time for romance? These entrepreneurs do--proving mixing love and business doesn't have to be a tug of war.

As the post-college years turn killer midterms and entry-level jobs into delightfully fading memories, grinds and slackers alike find themselves settling down professionally, emotionally and (to some, the scariest of all) romantically.

The desire to find someone willing to understand you (and even forgive your annoying habits) is what eases the pain of awkward first dates and ceases all involuntary flinching at the word "commitment." Just finding "that special someone" is enough work, but when relationships get serious, they require the one thing many entrepreneurs never have enough of: time.

Trying to navigate the murky waters of romance while keeping a start-up afloat can be a daunting challenge. But don't resign yourself to single servings quite yet. Some of the entrepreneurs who've settled down in more than the business sense have found that the same skills that got their business off the ground--like prioritizing, communication and serious planning--can also be used to keep love alive.

Elizabeth Millard ( is a freelance writer who believes that love truly is a many-splendored thing . . . if, of course, it's properly scheduled.

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This article was originally published in the August 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Flirting With Disaster.

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