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A Separate Peace

Blurring the boundaries between work and home can disturb your psyche--and your business.

This story appears in the December 1998 issue of

People who run businesses from home are of two distinct minds.

Some need to draw the mental and physical lines that separate home from work so they can make a clear distinction for themselves and their families. Others rail at the thought, and consider artificial boundaries contrary to the whole purpose of being homebased. "When I first started working from home, I tried to block off time when I would work and do nothing else, but I quickly realized that didn't cut it for me," says Diana Salerno, a marketing consultant in Houston. "Ideas flow whether I'm in or out of my work area. I need to able to work on my `home to do' list when I'm in my office, and I need to answer a business call when I'm outside playing with my dog."

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