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The Entrepreneurial You Print
Written by Abby Kohut   

Dating back almost as far as when I left the womb, I always wanted to start my own business. It started with the typical lemonade stand on my front porch in Brooklyn and then continued with the carnival I created for the neighborhood kids in my driveway. I’m not exactly sure but I think I may have tried to sell snow one winter. Trust me…there’s a business idea in all of us…some of us just have to reach a little deeper down to find it.

If you knew how easy it was to start your own business you would probably be shocked. Maintaining and marketing it is another story entirely, but there are many resources that can help you with that. One example is SCORE (www.score.org), a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE has 370 chapters throughout the United States with 11,200 volunteers nationwide. Both working and retired executives and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

One great thing about having your own business is that it’s your own. That is, you no longer have to worry about getting laid off, downsized, right-sized, reorganized, or whatever else corporate America wants to call it this week.

To start a business the first thing you need to know is what you're good at and what you love to do. There have been many books written on the subject such as:

    

Once you choose your business idea, there will obviously be business expenses to contend with, but there will also be plenty of deductions that you can take, thanks to Uncle Sam. All businesses have start up costs but some are as small as $500.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
The most important thing about starting a business is this: it should revolve around the thing or idea that you are most passionate about. It should be something you can’t wait to get up in the morning to do. It should be something that you lie awake at night daydreaming about. It should be something that you would be willing to do for free if you were independently wealthy. Choosing wisely and then staying motivated during the rough times is the key to your success.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!