Every issue of SUCCESS magazine is designed to support, instruct and uplift the entrepreneur. But this issue we're focusing specifically on your needs as a business owner. We know you're the type of person who wants more out of life; your career isn't about a paycheck, it's about creating your best possible life and becoming your best possible self. That's why, even though we pride ourselves on offering you meaningful content in every magazine, I believe this edition is one of the most important issues we offer all year.
Entrepreneurialism is the heart of our economic system. In a time when everyone is claiming there's no work to be had, entrepreneurs are out there creating jobs. In fact, an entrepreneur pursuing his or her passion is the greatest stimulus package there is. Today, according to stats from the Small Business Administration, small businesses:
* Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms
* Employ more than half the private-sector employees
* Pay 44 percent of the total U.S. private payroll
* Have generated more than 64 percent of all new jobs during the past 15 years
* And create more than half the private gross domestic product
Entrepreneurialism is also the heart of the American dream. Taking control of our dreams, pursuing our passions and following through on that wild idea not only makes life more enjoyable--it pays well! Eighty percent of self-made millionaires became millionaires because they started their own business.
There has never been a better time to be an entrepreneur. At the beginning of the 20th century there were a mere 5,000 millionaires. By 1950 there were 100,000; 1980--1 million; 1990--2 million. By the year 2000, that number had reached 7 million. Today, more than 10 million men and women have reached that coveted but not-so-elite status. Want even better...