7 Clues You're Ready To Build Your Own Business

Are you in a dead-end job that is stifling your creativity? Have you had it with your boss or are you just fed-up with working for someone else? Are you coming to the conclusion that you will never be hired again? Have you always wanted to build your own business? This week I interviewed two entrepreneurs who have opened their own businesses recently. They are “in the trenches” of building their American dream, and offer valuable insights into what it takes to succeed as your own boss. Suzanne Gray, a small business coach with a nationwide clientele who works with The Entrepreneur's Source in New Hampshire, counsels, "Up front clarity is of critical importance." Read their insights about the motivation, skills, and personality you need to succeed, along other issues every potential business owner must work through in my newly published article on U.S. News & World Report. Read Full Article Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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My grandparents owned a two-story walkup in Brooklyn, New York. When I was a child, my cousins and I would take turns asking each other questions, Trivial Pursuit style. If we got the question correct, we moved up one step on the staircase. If we got the question wrong, we moved down one step. The winner was the person who reached the top landing first. While we each enjoyed serving as the “master of ceremonies on 69th Street,” peppering each other with rapid-fire questions, I enjoyed the role of maestro the most of all my cousins. I suppose I was destined to be an educator.

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