Ann Dolin says that in 1998 she had quit teaching school to stay home with her first child, and she felt restricted by the $500-a-month allowance her husband gave her for household essentials. Hungry for more, she worked seven days a week as a tutor before hiring her first independent contractor and splitting the students' hourly fees. Today, Educational Connections has about 150 freelance tutors and is on track for $1.45 million in revenue. Dolin pays herself a salary of $150,000 and cites helping about 4,000 students over the years. "Life is good," she says.

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