If you're thinking about starting a business, ask yourself how you will function without a boss overseeing your work and figure out what talents you can draw upon, writes Kristen Asleson. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of being a woman business owner -- the government is required to offer a certain amount of work to women-owned businesses, for example -- and take advantage of the help offered by business organizations. "The more networks and diverse groups you belong to, the better you will be able to build your list of contacts and potential customers," she writes.

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