Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can look glamorous fromthe outside. Who doesn't want to chase their dreams, be their own boss, and dowhat they love? But the truth is that entrepreneurship is often a slog, with noregular hours, no job security, and very little pay.

What if there was a way to combine the stability of a dayjob with the excitement of a startup? All of the benefits of entrepreneurship withnone of the pitfalls? In The 10% Entrepreneur, Patrick McGinnisshows you how, by investing just 10% of your time and resources, you can becomean entrepreneur without losing a steady paycheck.

McGinnis details a step-by-step plan that takes you fromidentifying your first entrepreneurial project to figuring out the smartest wayto commit resources to it. He shows you how to select and engage in projectsthat will provide you with upside outside the office while making you better atyour day job. He also profiles real-world 10% Entrepreneurs, such as:

  • Luke Holden, a cash-strapped recent college graduate, whostarted his own lobster roll empire and oversaw much of its first year of operations,all while working full time in corporate America.
  • Dipali Patwa, a designer and mom whose side projectdesigning and selling infant clothing is now a sensation.
  • A group of friends who met at a 6 a.m. Bible study class andwent on to start a brewery that now generates millions in sales.

A successful 10% Entrepreneur himself, McGinnis explains themultiple paths you can follow to invest your cash, time, and expertise in astartup--including as a Founder, Angel, Advisor, or Aficionado. Most important,you don't have to have millions in disposable income to become a 10%Entrepreneur. When you put McGinnis's principles into action, you'll quicklystart racking up small wins, then watch as they snowball into your new (and farmore entrepreneurial) life.


Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and privateequity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, toprovide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast-growingbusinesses. As a 10% Entrepreneur, he has built a diverse portfolio ofinvestments in new ventures in the United States, Latin America, Europe, andAsia. A graduate of Harvard Business School and Georgetown University, hewrites for Business Insider, Huffington Post, Boston Magazine, and Forbes.He lives in New York City.


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