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Ready to Be the Boss?

Becoming an entrepreneur seems to be in vogue in this downturn. A 2009 survey by FindLaw.com indicates that 61% of Americans have either started or thought about starting a small business. And according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ about half of all U.S. workers and have generated more than half of the net new jobs over the past decade.

Liz Bayer is one of those entrepreneurs. She spent decades in retail management positions for companies like Williams-Sonoma and Bath & Body Works, but eventually grew disenchanted with corporate America.

“I felt that the companies I worked for weren’t invested in growing the company and nurturing the individual,” says Ms. Bayer, now a broker with ProMortgage in San Rafael, Calif. “I had always been interested in the housing market, and knew I had the self-discipline to work for myself, but I was concerned with the amount of self-promotion that was required.” Read more…


Publish date: May 28, 2009