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MAKING THE CAREER SWITCH TO INDEPENDENCE; TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

 LOS ANGELES, July 7 /PRNewswire/ -- In 1992, nearly 500,000 new small businesses were started by individuals who made the career decision to leave traditional wage-earning jobs and go out on their own, according to the U.S. Small Business Association. With today's competitive business environment, operating a successful start-up venture requires more than luck and good timing. Building a profitable small business demands using good management skills and the best new tools available.
 To assist career-changers in becoming successful small business owners, Microsoft provides software solutions designed to meet the unique needs of small businesses -- and offers the following tips:
 Draft a blueprint for success.
 Get a new career as a small business manager started, without risky guess work, by first developing a detailed business plan. The plan will set basic goals and an objective guide for measuring progress -- essential for acquiring bank loans or investors. With the easy-to-use Microsoft(R) Works for Windows program, managers can produce spreadsheets, graphs and tables for professional looking documents that project success.
 Invest in the proper equipment.
 Don't sabotage a new career by scrimping on basic business necessities. The company's performance and image will reach new heights when equipping the office to succeed. Look for equipment designed to meet the needs of busy people running small businesses -- from easy-to- use software such as those in the Microsoft solutions for small business product line to a phone system that meets current and future needs.
 Get organized for good business management.
 Organization is key to being successful in a small business, especially when it comes to managing finances. Keeping track of the books provides small business managers with valuable insight into a company's progress. Microsoft Profit, an easy-to-use management tool for the Windows environment, enables even the most computer- and accounting-phobic small business owner to handle day-to-day accounting tasks and gain access to reports that quickly assess a company's performance, all at the touch of a few buttons.
 Microsoft Profit, the newest addition to the Microsoft solutions for small business product line for the Windows 3.1 environment, is available at software supply stores nationwide and has a suggested retail price of $199.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Microsoft is a registered trademark, and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp./
 /CONTACT: Kirstin Ahearn of the Spindler Organization, 213-930-0811, for Microsoft/


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