Recession entrepreneurs face tough realities of being their own boss

08/15/2011 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Americans have started businesses at a blistering pace since the beginning of the recession, but many idealists are quickly brought back to reality with long hours, tough work and the pressure that comes with responsibility. Still, for some, it has been worth it. "Even though I hate taking on all the responsibility myself and I'm often crazed, the moment that I hold a book I've completed, it makes up for all the uncertainty of getting there," cookbook photographer Jackie Alpers says.

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