Tough economy forces more employees to become business owners

08/4/2008 | Seattle Times, The

When Tim Scherpenisse found himself jobless after more than a decade as project manager with a tree-care company, he took an increasingly familiar route in a shrinking economy: He started his own business. As owner of New Life Arboricultural Services in Grand Rapids, Mich., Scherpenisse has learned to target market, manage growth and delegate. Experts say burnout is the biggest danger for newly minted entrepreneurs as they struggle to prevent their work life from taking over their personal life.

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