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Barbara R

Barbara Rose is a local journalist who writes about trends in business, work and life. Her background includes more than 15 years as a reporter, editor and columnist at publications that include Crain Chicago Business and the Chicago Tribune. When she took a buyout from the Tribune in late 2008 to launch her own very small business, she became the fourth sole proprietor on her block. She senses a trend.
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Full Circle: Reflecting on the transition to self-employment

Two years ago I joined the ranks of the unemployed, hung out a shingle and declared myself a sole proprietor. I felt like one of the lucky ones. I parachuted out of a soon-to-be-bankrupt company with a parting gift of several months pay and health-care contributions to stake me in whatever came next.

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