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Chapter 19. Get a Career—or Change the O... > Striking Out on Your Own: The Advant... - Pg. 207

Get a Career--or Change the One You Have 207 · Apprentice.If you're unfamiliar with the sorts of products or services you'd be dealing with in your business, or you don't have experience working in a certain way, such as in a consulting role, consider learning the ropes from another business before striking out on your own. For example, a public relations (PR) specialist who would like to become an independent consultant but has always worked for companies' in-house PR departments could take a job with an es- tablished consulting firm to familiarize herself with the consultant's role. Matter of Fact Starting your own business doesn't have to take as much money as you might think. Surveys have shown that many successful small businesses were started with less than $5,000. Some new entrepreneurs begin with pools of small loans from family and friends or by using credit cards (cautiously!). The books, organizations, and Web sites listed in the appendixes can point you toward more formal sources of funding. Going from the security of a paycheck and the familiarity of being employed by someone to the uncertainties and increased responsibilities of the solo route is bound to stir up some fears and uncertainties. But before you decide it's all too overwhelming and that you'll think about it later, remember the potential rewards that can come from being your own boss. Whether it's the oppor- tunity to make gobs of money, the chance to have ultimate creative license over what you do, or just the prospect of sleeping until noon occasionally that starts your entrepreneurial juices flowing,