Almost everyone dreams about leaving the corporate grind and becoming an entrepreneur, but actually doing so takes commitment. To make it happen, make a financial plan, find customers before leaving your job and take on a partner, writes Nancy Jackson. "Even if you are a jack of all trades, there isn't enough time for one person to do everything that is required in a startup. It can also be really lonely when you're starting out," said Matt Spradley of Vignature.

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