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Since I own my business, and understand what Leve went through, mine is a IT consulting business.
First and foremost, be absolutely able to walk away from a Job, period. If it looks bad, smells, bad, sounds bad, it is bad, and will cost you more $$ headache, and good will. It is easier to stomach "He's a jerk, wouldn't do the job" than "he did a horrible job, he didn't do what I wanted" Blah, Blah, Blah...
And realize if you are starting on your own, it will take a couple of years at least to get good at estimating, customer relations, and sales.
You may want to hook up with a small outfit first, get paid less, though have less risk, and on the job training of the above. Maybe mobile welding or something.
Opening up your own business is a risk, though it has its rewards too. You just make sure you understand the government licenses,restrictions, etc. They will nail you quicker than bad customers.
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"He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm."