When I was 16, I have always wanted a job, so I could get my own money. My interest was obviously computers, but of course no reputable computer company around my parts would hire you until you were 18. And then there was one: a company based out of Tempe, AZ where I got hired as an intern, to do computer work for them half the time, and holding a sign for them the other half of the time. After not being able to bear the heat anymore, I quit. I ended up not having any money for a while, until a few months later, where I picked up another sign holding job. (These seem to be the only places that would hire!). So I quit again, and ventured towards being an entrepreneur. Fast forward to Age 18. I am now 20 years old and own and legally operate a computer business in my area. We have an LLC and do everything the proper way, and try really hard to try to make money to survive. When the business first started, I was 18, and we were doing very well. We put up one ad a day on Craigslist, and we got too many calls for us to handle. Everybody loved our affordable prices, and how we weren't "totally corporate" and some clients we became very close friends with. My parents were very proud of me, that I had a business mindset, and started a business at age 18, while most college kids were working a seasonal job at Target. Then life comes at you hard, and the business just doesn't seem to be profitable anymore. We have a lot of overhead, and no cash inflow. We are now in trouble.... The hard part right now for me, would be finding new clients, we have our old ones, and we get called back for new jobs at times, but recently it has been going REAL SLOW. Things just seemed to have gotten worse mid-Summer 2010. All of the profits from this business me and my partner owns, goes to pay for our college education, rent, food and other basic survival tools. We had maybe ONE client a week...if we were lucky. Now here is where life hits you really hard: Basic Breakdown of financial hardship Rent: $525/mo + Fees Parking: $85/mo College: $$$$$$$$ I was deemed ineligible for financial aid because of my problems that I have had back at home, I didn't keep my grades up enough. So, I am asking for y'alls opinion over here in MR. Should I now give up the business, and start finding a "real" job? It seems to be pretty hard to find a job in this type of economy also, many companies are doing cutbacks, not new hires. Is it time to call it quits to my business, and start looking for a new job? I really just do not know what direction to head in right now. I just am in a financial mess.