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In the early 2000’s, Daniel Burrus, the author of Technotrends (Burrus, 1993) was a guest on my radio show, The Executive Toolbox.   As I got to know him during the pre-interview process, I realized he was one of the happiest people I’d ever met. I asked him to what he attributed his deep sense of contentment and his answer was, “I figured out that the way to be happy is to find your passion and wrap a career around it.”

There are those who are happy working in businesses owned by others.   They want to limit the time they put into ‘work’ so there’s time for their other passions.   There’s nothing wrong with that at all if they can find work that satisfies that criteria.

Then there are those for whom the drum of their entrepreneurial spirit beats loudly. They can’t really afford to quit their jobs (yet), or maybe they can, but don’t want to invest a bundle until they’re sure, so prefer to move cautiously down the path of business ownership.

If that’s you, I don’t think it’s difficult to ‘find your passion’, but in case you haven’t landed on anything specific, there are 60 businesses outlined in my book, $1,000 Start-Ups. For each of the businesses, I provide ideas on how to make money from that business, what you need to do to get it started, how to market the business, additional resources I’ve found, and sage advice from research and from those who are now in or have been in that business.

You might not find your perfect business within these pages, but it is my sincere hope you’ll find something of interest.