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Why You Should Start a Business Only While You Have a Job If you are dreaming about starting your own business, I say go for it -- but do it wisely!

By Jeff Bonaldi

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Many people that I meet tell me that they dream of starting their own business. I always ask them, "Then why don't you?" They typically respond by saying that they have so many financial and personal responsibilities, that they can't just quit their job to start a company, etc. Then I tell them my story ...

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I had an amazing job in the financial services industry and worked with incredible people, but something was missing. I had real-world responsibilities like everyone else, but I really wanted to do something I was passionate about. Life's challenges began to stack up: the financial crisis, a divorce and many of my close friends getting laid off from their corporate jobs. Through these experiences I was determined to gain control over my own fate.