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Here's The Right (And Wrong) Times To Launch A Business

Eight entrepreneurs look back on pivotal decisions made in their businesses, some at the right time, and plenty at the wrong time.

This story appears in the April 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

How do you know when the time is right?

It’s a constant question throughout the entrepreneurial journey. When is it the right time to launch your business? When is it the right time to grow? When is it the right time to make your first big hire? When do you know it’s time to fire? When should you consider raising capital? When should you hang on tight to your bootstrapped company? There’s no single answer to any of these questions -- and there’s no exact science to finding the answer that will best boost your business. But on the following pages, eight entrepreneurs discuss their own big decisions -- some made at the right time, some at the wrong time -- the instinct they followed (or ignored), and the lessons they learned. 

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