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Multiple Choice - (C1) Advanced Certificate of English

For Questions 1-8, read the text below and decide which answer (A, B, C or D) best fits each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

Running a business

By no (0) MEANS is it an easy (1) ............ and if what you are seeking is an easy life, flexible timetable or the opportunity to skive off whenever it (2) ............ your fancy, I would think twice before setting up a business. One cannot afford themselves the (3) ............ of an “out of sight, out of mind” attitude. On getting into business there are a couple of key issues that a person should (4) ............ to avoid any of the typical headaches that are so frequently the butt of complaints from most business people. The first is to not (5) ............ into partnership. Most people are reluctant to go it alone and look for support from family or friends. This is because they see someone who they already have a tight-knit relationship with as the ideal business partner, but often this does not (6) ............ up to expectations. The second thing is to realise that a business is something that requires a lot of dedication, a successful business never ceases to (7) ............ with market demands and especially at the beginning, if you are not dedicating 1 hours a day to it, it will (8) ............ and eventually fail. The main piece of advice is that you must delegate tasks and not do everything on your own of you are sure to suffer from burn-out. So, do not be put off by other people's failures, a business can be a great option, but one must be realistic about their goals and the amount of work involved.

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