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An Office of One's Own

When space is at a minimum, turn your creativity to the maximum.

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This story appears in the September 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

So you've started your business out of your home office--but you don't actually have an "office"? We went to Susan Silver, president of Positively Organized! in Los Angeles for advice on setting up a home office without the office:

  • Think location. Even if you don't have a separate room to call your office, choose an area of your home that has a door, like a bedroom or the corner of an enclosed den. Says Silver, "Choose a location that has privacy, has good lighting, is quiet and doesn't get a lot of foot traffic from other family members."
  • Look with new eyes. You might even look to a corner or wall of your bedroom. Silver suggests sketching possible space-saving ideas on paper first. "[Use] graph paper cutouts that are to scale," she says. "That way, you won't constantly move furniture around."

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