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Get Outta Town

Guidelines for taking a vacation when you're a homebased business owner

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

Think back to the last time you took a vacation. OK, now stop laughing. Yes, some homebased entrepreneurs do manage to take off for longer than it takes to collect the mail. For many of you, though, vacation can seem like a far-fetched fantasy. Clients call with "yesterday" deadlines, computers crash without warning . . . and then there's the constant workload. How can you take a vacation when you don't even have time to brush your hair?

Laurie Neal, co-owner of YouMarriedHim.com LLC, a Web site focusing on marriage and relationships, knows how hard it is to get away. "I can handle being gone for a few hours," explains Neal, 23, "but it's tough to explain to advertisers and visitors why they can't reach me for more than a day."

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