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The Maverick: Dispatches from an unrepentant capitalist by Luke Johnson

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4. Problems

What Can Go Wrong

Certain naïve people – some politicians and journalists, for example – see the capitalist’s lot as a cushy number. They believe business owners have it easy, and are under-worked and over-rewarded in our materialistic society. They should try employing people and actually building an enterprise, and taste the grief first hand. On some days as an entrepreneur, it can feel as if the entire universe is conspiring to bring about your ruin. I’m quite sure research would show that the self-employed suffer more stress and anxiety-related diseases than others – even if they can’t afford to take the time off sick. I noted down just 50 of the myriad difficulties that have beset me or those in business I have known – usually ...

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