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Earn while you learn--and leave college with a flourishing business.

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This story appears in the August 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Should you start a business in ? In the best-case scenario, you get a thriving small company and answer the inevitable question--What are you going to do with the rest of your life?--before you even graduate. On the flip side, you may end your school years with a failed business, substantial debt and an embarrassing grade point average.

I started a free travel e-zine called Student World Traveler (www.studenttravels.com) during my junior year at the of California, Irvine. It did take a lot of courage and late-night coffee breaks, but the advantages a college campus affords a start-up entrepreneur could save you thousands of dollars.

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