The Truth About Summer Jobs

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Learning the Ropes

The pay is low, and the work tends to be mundane—if you can even get work. Yet summer jobs are often the first taste budding entrepreneurs get of real-world business experience. Inc. staff writer Kasey Wehrum spoke to successful business owners about their most memorable summer jobs—good and not so good—and how those early experiences influenced their career paths. (Pictured: Eileen Gittins, founder of Blurb, in the early '80s, on a farm in Herndon, Virginia)