Round Two

You're about ready to say good-bye to Business #1 . . . but are you ready to say hello to Business #2?

The cash-flow crunch. The growing pains. The paperwork. Even Calgon can't take these things away and transport you back to the blissful days when your business was small and manageable. You are officially an entrepreneur with start-up-itis. So now what?

After five years of running Cybergrrl Inc., my first Internet start-up, I realized I was spending far more time on the spokesperson side than on the administrative side of the business. So when I arranged with my business partner to take time off to write my second book (Cybergrrl @ Work: Tips and Inspiration for the Professional You, Berkley Publishing Group), I knew I didn't want to go back to the business. And I didn't. Suddenly, I was without a company. At first, I felt relieved. But then I went through an intense grieving process, uncertain of my future and even of my own identity. Who was I, if not the president of Cybergrrl?

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Aliza Sherman is a web pioneer, e-entrepreneur and author of eight books, including

PowerTools for Women in Business.

Her work can be found at mediaegg.com.

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This article was originally published in the December 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Round Two.

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