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10. Do You Have a Brother with a Business Degree?
Remember Macon York, the designer who struck out on her own? She says that the least fun part of running her own business has been "all the legal stuff: tax IDs, quarterly freelance taxes, copyright stuff, trademarks, registering my business with the state, etc." She goes on: "I'm great at the design part; it's the business end that I'm scared of. But my brother has a business degree, so he's been helping me." If you're thinking of going rogue—I mean, freelance—or starting your own business, keep in mind you're going to need to get real cozy with your accountant, keep careful records, learn about some legal stuff and maybe talk to York's brother.