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The Easy Way to Run a Business

Achieve real results in your business by following these practical steps.

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

Traditionally, businesses require increased production to maintain their competitive edge. If someone arrives at the office early and leaves late, that person is labeled a "hard worker." We've been taught that to attain economic freedom and professional success, we must spend many hours with our noses to the grindstone.

For most entrepreneurs, starting a business leads to greater financial and personal freedom. As our businesses grow, we learn a simple rule: It's not about the number of hours we spend on a goal, but the ultimate outcome of our efforts. Taking the right actions is much more powerful than just working.

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