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Dealing With Zoning Restrictions

What to do when zoning prohibits you from meeting with clients in your home office

This story appears in the December 2001 issue of

Q: My wife and I have a homebased resume-writing service. The county laws prohibit us from having clients in our house, and we believe we have lost several potential clients as a result of having to meet them at the mall or another location. What can we do?

A: When zoning regulations forbid you from having clients in your home, you're wise to abide by them, especially if you have neighbors looking for something to complain about-and even if your clients come one at a time and don't create parking or noise problems. So what can you do? You can meet with clients outside your home and still come across as professional, while also saving yourself the expense of moving your business into an office space. Here are some ways to do that:

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