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Executive by day, entrepreneur by night

These seven moonlighters are pursuing big professional careers -- and their entrepreneurial dreams.

Lawyer starts aviation company

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Tomkiel's firm, Fly the Whale, charters private planes for trips to the Hamptons, Nantucket and the Caribbean.
  • Name: Melissa Tomkiel
  • Day job: Lawyer
  • Side business: Fly The Whale

Melissa Tomkiel handled a variety of small business and startup clients as an attorney with a law firm in Manhattan. That experience came in handy when she helped a friend start a private charter airline company, and eventually gave up her job to became its co-owner.

"My father said I would always have my law license. But that I only live once and I should go for it," she said. With her aviation company up and running, Tomkiel is also making time to practice law again.

Said Tomkiel: "I love doing both things. I probably would have made a lot more money working at a law firm full time but not as much fun as I have owning my business."

- Last updated March 13 2013 07:52 AM ET