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Two hundred and fifteen thousand Twitter followers can’t be wrong about Melinda Emerson, aka The Small Business Lady. So you might want to listen up when she tells Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon, “Launch your business while you’re still working! Don't cut your paycheck off prematurely. Because, honey, once it’s off, it is off.” The CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, whose 2010 Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months became a New York Times bestseller—and who’s featured on CNBC’s new reality series Crowd Rules—then goes on to offer this bit of wisdom: “Ninety percent of all small businesses get business from referrals. So, quite possibly, the person in the cube next to you is going to be your first customer or your first referral.”
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