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Cathy enters the world of homebased business bliss.

This story appears in the January 1998 issue of

She isn't real, but that's beside the point. Her experiences are ones all homebased entrepreneurs can relate to. She agonizes over what to charge clients. She copes with a dog who barks incessantly during business calls. She struggles to ignore the siren's cry of her all-too-tempting refrigerator. The fact that she's a comic-strip character--and a beloved one at that--is purely incidental. Welcome to the world of America's newest homebased business owner: Cathy.

"It just seemed like a good time for Cathy to enter this world," says comic-strip creator Cathy Guisewite of her character's recent shift to the home front. "I had never before explored the working-at-home concept in the comic strip--and it really is rich territory. Plus, a lot more people are [working at home] than when I started the strip."

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