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This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Steve, my neighbor and casual client, was agitated. "I wantout of my contract," he said. But this time there was nothingI could tell him.

Just a few years earlier, Steve had been laid off from his salesjob. At age 50, with a college degree and a proven track record, hewas ready to be self-employed.

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