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31 Tips for Conquering Startup Fears

What's really holding you back from starting your own business? These 31 tips will help you face your fears and finally get the guts to become your own boss.

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This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Most startup articles focus on the mechanics of launching a business. But the inner journey to starting a business is just as important as writing a business plan and getting financing. I learned this the hard way.

With a business plan and hard-earned savings in hand, I didn't have the guts to leave my job. After quitting my job and taking it back twice, I developed techniques to help myself build courage and break through my fears. These techniques worked--and when I quit for the third time, I was finally able to let go of my job and start Profit Strategies in Lake Worth, Florida, in 1998.

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