George Cowgill Mugshot - Small Business Owners

The lifestyle of the small business owner is so attractive to some people that they risk everything to go into business for themselves. And for those who make their businesses succeed, the payoffs are great: sometimes monetary, and sometimes the simple freedom and flexibility that comes with being your own boss.

There is a lot of work and responsibility involved in being a small business owner, when small businesses succeed then that makes it all worth it. Nearly half of the world's richest people are entrepreneurs who launched their own businesses once upon a time, so business ownership is the number one way to get rich. But it is an extremely flexible lifestyle. Sure, you may find yourself working around the clock at times, especially in the first few years of getting a new business up and running. But small business owners also have the option of taking off early when they feel like it, and the only person they need to get permission from is themselves.

It's a constantly evolving journey, with plans changing all the time and cash flows ebbing and flowing like an ocean tide. But when it works, it's great. Many small business owners report that they actually enjoy heading to work on Monday mornings.

George Cowgill Mugshot is one of those people. He is a former Senior Technical Writer for a small software company in California's Silicon Valley who was laid off during an economic downturn in 2008. He always wanted to go into business for himself, so he used his severance package to help fund the start of the Mugshot Café in Pleasanton. The café has flourished, and what began as a one-man operation now has seven employees, and one very happy owner.

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