Entrepreneurs aren't letting a slow economy keep them from finding professional and emotional fulfillment through business ownership. In "Economy Fails to Hinder Enthusiasm for Start-Ups," entrepreneurs cited personal and business reasons as motivators, with nary a mention of the weak economy being a deterrent.

As a matter of fact, William Dunkelberg, chief economist with the National Federation of Independent Business, an advocacy group based in Washington, said in the piece that a weak economy is a good time to start a company. "Everything you need to start a business is cheap: Money is cheap, space is cheap, equipment is cheap, labor is cheap."