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How to balance your home and your business under the same roof

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

Many people dream about being able to work at home. They imagine rolling out of bed and starting work as they sip a latte. They feel that without the commute, water cooler conversations and office politics, they'll be more focused and, consequently, more efficient. However, being in charge of your own schedule holds the potential for some unforeseen drawbacks that can affect your stress level. You may find it difficult to motivate and organize yourself without the pressure of accountability and having to report to a boss for certain tasks.

When you work from home, you don't have a schedule imposed on you, so you are individually responsible for managing your time. To organize yourself and your office so you have a better chance of being productive and keeping your stress level low, try the following tips:

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