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Making The Leap

10 tips to help conquer your start-up fears

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This story appears in the November 1997 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

After helping others build three businesses in the mental-health field, Holly Dorna was confident she could do better on her own. But starting PsychTemps Inc., a Cincinnati recruiting and staffing agency for the behavioral health-care field, turned out to be an exercise in mental terror.

"Making the transition from working for someone else to owning everything was scary. Many mornings, I'd wake up at 5 a.m. feeling panic-stricken," Dorna says. "I'd been a success three times and made money for other people, but maybe this was the time I was going to fail. I thought of myself as an entrepreneur but, for awhile, `entrepreneur' became a four-letter word. Putting myself on the line, seeing my bank account shrink month by month and not knowing if my idea would work--I was more frightened than I'd ever been in my life."

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