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Wire-Free America

Not only wire-free--these franchisees became boss-free within their own industry.

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Though sick of the corporate mold, many executives still love their industry. After laboring in the retail department of Bell Atlantic for five years, Bill Bolton, 41, and Mike Sabbatini, 30, faced this dilemma. "I enjoyed working for Bell Atlantic Mobile," says Sabbatini, "but wanted to pursue a venture on my own."

Their answer? Wireless Zone, a franchise that sells and activates mobile phones. Since their former employer is the sole provider for the local Wireless Zones, that franchise was a natural vehicle for the partners' independence.

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