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Somebody To Lean On

Build a strong support network to help you through the tough times.

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

For many, the decision to become an entrepreneur is made with mixed emotions. Excitement results from the realization that owning your own business gives you more control over your destiny. You may be intimidated, however, when you realize that you'll likely be doing most of the work alone or with just a partner--in other words, without the in-office support network enjoyed daily by people who work for others.

So if you're feeling lonely, you're not alone. But establishing a reliable network of advisors and friends you can turn to for support in times of crisis or uncertainty can make all the difference. The goal is to gather a core group of individuals who will be willing to lend an ear or some heartfelt advice when the need arises.

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