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No Excuses!

Starting a business can be scary, but don't let fear hold you back. These entrepreneurs had plenty of reasons not to go into business, but they did anyway--and you can, too.

This story appears in the September 2004 issue of Start Up.

Going with the notion that there are a lot of people who wish they were running their own businesses but aren't, Office Depot commissioned a survey in February 2004 to find out why startups often never start. As it turns out, most people have the same excuses for not beginning their own businesses.

According to market research and consulting firm Harris Interactive, which did the recent workplace trend survey for Office Depot, a whopping 40 percent of American office workers have considered starting a business, only to reject the idea. Their excuses? Thirty-seven percent of those polled haven't started their own company because they lack the funding, 28 percent said they feared losing their job security, and 23 percent said they had no viable business idea or plan.

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