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Taking Office

Moving your homebased business out of your home

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This story appears in the March 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

So I thought I was "faking it" as a business owner when I used to say to potential clients "Of course we can take care of that," and "Let me check with my team, and I'll get back to you." These should be strategic phrases out of a guide called TheSmall-Business Owner Hand-Book for a Company of One (good idea, no?). Then I found myself in a tiny, albeit new, office with furniture, office equipment and several warm bodies in front of computer terminals. Voilá! Insta-Company. The main thought on my mind? "What do I do now?"

My move from studio apartment into fully-furnished office space was a big leap in terms of incurring new expenses, both inanimate and human. How could I have eased the burden and reduced the risk of death by expenditure? And how could I have brought the image of my company, or at least the perception of the image of my company, up a few notches in the eyes of prospective clients?

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