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Starting a business with someone you met online? It's not as scary--or as unusual--as you think.

This story appears in the October 2004 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In this digital age, you can have friends, customers and even romantic entanglements over the Internet. But starting a business with someone you've never met, in a virtual environment-can that work?

Absolutely, says Eileen Parzek, owner of SOHO It Goes!, a marketing design firm for small businesses based in Albany, New York. "The Internet set us all free," she says. No longer bound by physical location, you can have a partner in New Zealand while you're in Idaho, like Dave Lakhani and Sean D'Souza. Lakhani, founder and President of Bold Approach, a business acceleration strategy firm in Boise, Idaho, wanted to start a speaking and seminar business. He hooked up with D'Souza in New Zealand, after D'Souza read about Lakhani's original company in a magazine.

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