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Weekenders

Work full time? Still want to start a business? You can make it work.

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This story appears in the August 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Some say weekends are for relaxing, sleeping in or traveling.But if you're a full-time employee and you dream ofentrepreneurship, weekends can be for that, too. Take those 48weekend hours (and, let's be honest, those precious weekdayevening hours, too), maximize your efficiency, and build yourstartup.

Brian Eddy and Chad Ronnebaum did that very thing when theybuilt Q3Innovations, a product design, development and distributioncompany that specializes in the personal safety market. TheseEagan, Minnesota, entrepreneurs started in 1999 when both hadfull-time jobs--in fact, Eddy, 30, a lawyer, just recently left hislaw firm to work on the business full time, while Ronnebaum, 30,still works full time in the pharmaceutical industry. Friends sincethe sixth grade, the pair decided that even though they both hadsuccessful careers, they wanted to own a business and bringproducts like the Alcohawk, a digital breath alcohol screener, toconsumers.

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