For The Record

Soho of the Future

In-home tech for the 21st century

Will the home office of the next millennium look like something George Jetson would appreciate? The Telework 2000 Project (http://www.future-at-work.org), sponsored by AT&T, the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program and the Office of the Future Consortium, recently put together a complete teleworking exhibit, including a model SOHO of the future, to give us an idea of what we can expect. Located in Seattle's Columbia Seafirst Center, the innovative office includes the latest versions of everything a homebased entrepreneur could dream of--stand-alone video conferencing, wireless voice and data connections, flat-screen computing technology, document management equipment and high-speed data connections--all working together seamlessly.

One of the benefits of incorporating this kind of technology into the home is a 25 percent potential reduction in employee turnover for your company, the consortium says. The reason? Why leave a company when you've got the best of both worlds--a great job and a great homebased office environment?

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This article was originally published in the July 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: For The Record.

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