"My days go very fast. I am amazed how many hours I can work and it doesn't feel like it's, you know, drudgery."
– Owner, alterations shop
"We've got to set ourselves apart from other dry cleaners. This is a chore for people. This is not something they wake up in the morning and say, yes, let's get to the dry cleaners today."
– Owner, dry cleaners
"You can work and produce the product as much as you can, but you go out and you set up [at art fairs] and you hope that it doesn't rain, you hope that it's not too hot, you hope people walk by your booth, you hope that they spontaneously shop."
– Owner/Artist, hand-painted tile studio
"If you want something in life, you've got to go after it. You've got to learn, you've got to do it on your own. No one else is going to do it for you."
– Owner, grocery store
"I think that one of the most valuable things I have learned is that you need to take time to work on your business and not just in your business. I was doing all of this work and I wasn't taking the time to sit down and look at the big picture of what I was doing."
– Owner/Publisher, weekly newspaper
"My business goes from the first frost. I love that first frost. And it goes through about, oh, the middle of June and then the rest of June, July, August, and September are really pretty crappy months for flower sales. But that's why I need my line of credit because the sales just aren't there to cover my overhead and I have huge overhead here."
– Owner, wholesale floral business
"The greatest part of running my own business is saying that all of the decisions are mine."
– Owner, bicycle courier business