Fewer Americans Are Launching Businesses. Here’s the Silver Lining. (Infographic)

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Doing something because you have to is very different than doing something because you want to. Not to say that being driven into a corner doesn’t produce results. But chasing a dream from a position of strength is a more positive, optimistic pursuit.

And so is the trend in entrepreneurship in the U.S. right now.

Fewer Americans started businesses in 2013 than in 2012, marking the third straight year of declines, according to the latest Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity. But the silver lining is that, due to a rebounding economy, more people are starting their own companies because they see an opportunity — not because joblessness has forced them to.

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