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Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

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This story appears in the March 2001 issue of HomeOfficeMag.com.

Working from home has its perks, but what about the drawbacks? From barking dogs to faulty phone lines, homebased business owners can have mini- crises on their hands at any given moment. As the following entrepreneurs demonstrate, however, it's all in how you handle the situation.

Christine Johansen-Hewitt

Second Chance Marketing

Middlesex, Vermont

I live in a rural area in Vermont, where I'm doing a very high-tech job in a very low-tech area. One morning I woke up, got my cup of coffee, came down to my home office and realized none of my phone lines was working. I had a major conference call scheduled with a client for the next morning at 11 o'clock. The next morning, the problem still wasn't fixed. I didn't want to have to reschedule the call, so I took my cell phone downtown where I could get a signal. I ended up camping out in the tanning room at my gym, holding a conference call on my cell phone with Israel and Boston. Since then, I've made arrangements with several friends of mine who have office space in downtown to borrow a spare desk in case something like that ever happens again.

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