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No Experience Necessary

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Contrary to its slacker image, Generation X may ultimately prove to be the most entrepreneurial generation in history. Surprised? Don't be. As author Jennifer Kushell explains in No Experience Necessary: The Young Entrepreneur's Guide to Starting a Business (The Princeton Review, $12 paper), starting a business while still in your teens or 20s isn't the anomaly it once was. Indeed, statistics cited by Kushell in-dicate that those 25 years old and younger launch businesses at the highest rate in the nation.

As a Gen X entrepreneur herself (presiding over a membership organization for young business owners), Kushell seeks to inspire and inform others wishing to follow in her footsteps. "If you look at the skills and experience that create a solid foundation for entrepreneurship," Kushell says, "it is not uncommon to find that younger people are probably the best equipped for self-employment."

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