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1998's hottest businesses.

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This story appears in the December 1997 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The only constant in life is-you guessed it-change. Knowing this, we make it our mission every December to cast our eyes into the and predict the hot businesses for the year ahead. Our predictions are based on a combination of , expertise and pure gut instinct.

This year, these factors point to 14 stand-out businesses for 1998. We've written about several of them in Entrepreneur-we even touted a few last December as hot businesses for 1997. Yet a brings a new set of opportunities for such 1997 picks as specialized staffing and job training/retraining, so don't pass over these selections in your haste to explore such hot-business newcomers as mail order and wraps.

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