The reasons people start companies are as unique as they are, but they seem to fall into nine broad categories. Our guess? You could probably find yourself fitting easily within one of them.

From a distance, successful entrepreneurs can seem like a different species. All we see is their success running an enterprise, and for some people that can be daunting. These intimidated folks are simply not convinced that they could do it, too.

But if you look at the reason why those entrepreneurs started their business in the first place, it readily becomes apparent that most of us have something in common with them. And once that realization hits, it becomes far easier to imagine being in charge of our own enterprise—even if it is “only” a part-time thing. ...

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