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Home Sweet Office

When your home is your office, hiring employees is a touchy task. Learn how to set boundaries and cover your bases to make this transition smoothly.

This story appears in the May 2005 issue of Start Up.

Lanny Morton decided it was time to hire an employee after he spent hours packing boxes and writing shipping labels by hand instead of focusing on expanding his growing business. "I needed to be out looking for product and working on marketing-not packaging and labeling orders all day," says Morton, the owner of, an online sporting goods retailer that launched in 2002.

After just five months in business, 36-year-old Morton began looking for an employee but quickly discovered that when it came to finding the right person, he wasn't sure where to start. "Hiring employees to work in your home is difficult," says Morton, who runs out of his home in Phoenix. "It's much more personal than hiring someone to work in a retail store."

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