However, you'll always be faced with many business opportunities and you need to weigh their pros and cons and home in on one choice. "The reality is that successful entrepreneurs choose one idea. Those who can't decide and do more, or do them all, more often than not lead to business failure," says Paul R. Ratoff, a small-business consultant with Strategy Development Group (www.strategydevelopmentgroup.com).
GO FOR THE EXCITEMENT. It takes a lot of hard work, not to mention gusto, guts, and determination, to start a new business. "You should decide which business to start first and work solely on that one until it's off the ground, profitable, and doesn't need your attention on a day-to-day basis," Ratoff says.
He continues: "Even though your rehab business might involve some payroll issues and accounting support, the two business are very different, have very little to do with each other, and provide little benefit to each other. Choose the one that excites you the most and provides the most opportunity for success -- and forget the other, for the time being."
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