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Jim and Georgia Thompson didn't go into business to getrich. They went into business because it looked better than workingfor someone else. "It's not exactly that we didn'tlike the people we were working for," explains Jim, 45."But we were doing all the work and weren't getting any ofthe rewards."
So in June 2001, the father-daughter team started JJ&GElectric, a two-person electrical contracting company in Austin,Texas. Both were veteran electricians, and Georgia, 21, hadexperience running the office at the electrical contractor wherethey'd both formerly worked. But they quickly found thatrunning a small business was different from wiring a building."We had the electrical skills. We had the office skills. Wealso had the people skills," says Jim. "But we had littleknowledge of the financial skills and skills of running abusiness."
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