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Entrepreneurs Anonymous

Are you one of the millions of Americans who secretly longs to be an entrepreneur?

This story appears in the October 1998 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

There's a nagging voice inside your head telling you to say adios to your cubicle and head out to the open plains of entrepreneurial freedom. That voice is probably what made you buy this magazine.

The SBA estimates that at any given time, about one-third of all Americans between the ages of 20 and 65 are thinking about starting a business. (That's nearly 50 million people.) Yet only about 1 million small businesses are started every year. Author Chad Simmons dubs the remaining dreamers "anonymous entrepreneurs" in his book The Anonymous Entrepreneur: 12 Steps to Build the Entrepreneurial Attitude (Corinth Press). These are the people who have yet to develop the "entrepreneurial attitude" necessary to take the plunge.

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