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When Joanne Mitchell left her corporate job six years ago, shewas excited about testing the entrepreneurial waters. But beforeshe hung out a shingle announcing her services as a medical-claimsbilling specialist, mitchell carefully planned her start-up.
"I calculated how much money I'd need to start MitchellMedical Billing by estimating costs for software, business manuals,computer, printer and brochures to market my services. Then Ifigured out how I'd raise the money I needed. This planninggave me added confidence about getting my business off on the rightfoot," says the San Diego entrepreneur, who has also foundedPacific Medical, a training academy which helps individuals starttheir own medical-billing businesses.
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