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Do It Yourself

You may have to wear many hats as a homebased entrepreneur, but they don't have to weigh you down.

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This story appears in the October 2003 issue of Start Up.

QUESTION: I have alwaysdreamed of quitting my job and starting my own business from home.But I've worked for companies all my life, and while I do knowhow to be innovative, I don't know how to handle simple thingslike getting computers repaired, sending out direct-mail coupons orordering supplies. I'm afraid I won't be able to handleeverything on my own. Are there places that can help?

ANSWER: You probablywon't be able to jump right in and do all the new thingsyou've never done before. There's always a learning curveinvolved in mastering new responsibilities. We suggest startingyour business on the side while you're still drawing a regularpaycheck so you can get through the learning curve before you runout of money.

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