FORTUNE Small Business:

What's the right business for me?

A corporate employee looks for a venture that fits his experience and personality.

By Elaine Pofeldt, FSB senior editor

(FSB Magazine) -- Dear FSB: I've worked in the corporate world for more than 25 years, doing hardware and software development. I have thought about starting a business but I haven't found the right one. Where can I get started exploring business ideas that make sense? --Isaac Champagne, Naperville, Ill.

Dear Isaac: Finding a business that is a good fit can be far more important in the long run than almost any other factor in the success of your business. Verne Harnish, the CEO of Gazelles, an Ashburn, Va., consulting firm for fast-growth companies, recommends that you take the advice of Steve Jobs and "Follow your heart, not your head." Rather than lock yourself into what you have been doing in your corporate career, ask yourself what you love doing. "Unless you have a passion for a business, it will be hard to sustain yourself during the inevitable tough periods," says Harnish.

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