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10 top businesses for 1998.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

Thinking of launching a business in 1998 but not sure what's hot? Successful companies solve problems. So what's the biggest problem people face today? Lack of time. Whether they're working parents striving to keep the family on an even keel or seniors wanting to fulfill lifelong dreams, everyone seems to be caught up in a time crunch. If you start a business that offers relief from round-the-clock pressures, like those we're showcasing here, you'll be in on a trend that shows no signs of abating.


As worldwide commerce continues to flourish, so does the need for experienced translators who can create a level playing field of language for business. So it's no surprise the market for skilled translators is hotter than ever; Walter Bacak, executive director of the American Translators Association in Alexandria, Virginia, reports that association membership has tripled since 1990.

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