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How To Cheat On Your Boss

Starting a business from your cube . . . without getting caught

Tales of running a start-up on someone else's company time possess the same lurid tone usually reserved for rumors of office affairs or political conspiracies. Entrepreneurs talk of covert phone calls, of suppressing the desire to just confess, of hiding personal papers under an innocuous cover sheet, of seemingly casual strolls to the fax or printer while silently praying that the office busybody isn't in the vicinity.

With time at a premium, the temptation to "sneak around" from the cubicle's confines can sometimes be too great to ignore, and you may find yourself questioning whether that pesky word "ethics" is going to haunt your every professional action.

However, with a proper ethical perspective and a keen eye toward caution, stealing a few hours off the time clock can actually prove to be beneficial--not just for you, as you move closer to self-employment, but even for your boss, since many "cheaters" admit to working harder at their day jobs to keep from getting caught.

Elizabeth Millard is a freelance writer who frequently and without remorse hides her cheatin' heart by writing while at her Boston day job (but don't tell her boss).

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This article was originally published in the March 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: How To Cheat On Your Boss.

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