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Born in ... your cube?

Posted by: Amy Choi on April 13, 2009

Entrepreneurship is no stranger to college campuses, as pointed out in a Consumed column this weekend in The Gray Lady. Personalities from Rick Rubin to Mark Zuckerberg have hatched businesses from the comforts of their dorm rooms.

But what about from their office towers? As more people get laid off, entrepreneurship numbers are swelling. How many people are actually building their businesses while still employed, as backup plans? How do you do it without getting yourself fired? Or, perhaps more inconveniently, having your employer claim ownership over your baby?

If you have any pearls of wisdom — or know of companies who have started this way — do let us know via in comments, emails or tweets (@newentrepreneur).

Reader Comments


April 15, 2009 12:25 AM

I have been working on my Hemorrhoid Surgery site while keeping my job. I am building a small media network on the side. The key is to not let it interfere with your time at work. It is all about balancing your priorities.


April 15, 2009 12:29 PM

I have begun developing a business with Amway Global, networking their products and online shopping experience. Looks to be a win/win to keep my job and part time build an asset. Great for home office taxes as well.


April 17, 2009 9:04 AM

In this day and age, I don't think one can rely on just one job to survive in the long term. While I'm working full time, I've been building this this ecommerce site (for high end products) on the side for a few years. I'd admit that I have not been as aggressive in my day job to move up the management ladder. Then again, I don't want to toll away my waking hours, just to find pink slip in the end (which happens to alot of people and ex-colleagues). I want to truly build someone that I can have more control on, and you could say that I'm as disillusioned as everyone else about job security.

Navarro C. Dias

April 17, 2009 11:32 AM

I work at nights as a security officer and what I am aspiring to become is a Real Estate investor. Working at nights is iseal for me to do my research on bank owned properties or for sale my owner. When I get off at 8am in the mornings I go straight to looking at these properties and make offers on the ones that I can wholesale to other investors who dont have the time to search for these properties. This has begun to work for me and it will be my future business. If anyone is looking for an investment property in Florida please dont hesitate to contact me or go to my website and let me know what your home choice is.

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What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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