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When to Quit Your Job and Start a Business

When to Quit Your Job and Start a Business
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I want to get into owning my own business, but I’m not sure about the timing. Should I start working on the side first and then leave my job if things look good, or make a clean break right away? —J.A., Redding, Calif.

The answer to your popular question probably depends on your situation and the kind of business you’re planning to run. Many entrepreneurs start pursuing a venture in the evenings and on weekends: Think freelance service providers and home-based crafters whose product lines catch on and develop a following large enough to justify their full-time attention.