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This story appears in the April 1999 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

For most married couples who start businesses together, seeingeach other too much can be a problem. For Laura and JonathanCrawford, however, seeing each other at all was thedilemma.

In 1997, a year after getting married, the newlyweds, both 31,opened their first CD Warehouse franchise, which sells new and usedCDs, in Mobile, Alabama. Laura, a former bookkeeper for a highschool, initially started the venture because she wanted to takeher career in a different direction. After financing most of the$120,000 in start-up costs with personal savings and the sale of ahome, Laura moved to Daphne, Alabama, to live near the business,while Jonathan continued his high school teaching career back inSelma, some 150 miles away.

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