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Your home office doesn't necessarily have to be inside a house. Just look at where these entrepreneurs do business.

By Gisela M. Pedroza

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Starting a business from a dorm room was en vogue during the dotcom boom, but with the proliferation of high-bandwidth Internet connections and technology tools these days, you can start and run a business from just about anyplace. People are running their businesses from a potpourri of exotic locations, including houseboats, sailboats, hotel rooms and even planes.

If you think a view of your rose garden helps get your creative juices flowing, just imagine what working from a houseboat can do. Jim Peters, the thirtysomething president and CEO of 24-7 Consulting, a PR firm based out of a houseboat on the Columbia River in Oregon, started her high-tech strategic marketing and public relations firm from a houseboat in 1995 but moved her firm to a larger houseboat three years ago, tripling her office space to accommodate her growing business. She insists on living and working from her houseboat: "[My] creativity is nurtured by [my] surroundings-I am much more relaxed and focused when working on the houseboat. [I have] the ability to stay focused on a project without the hustle and bustle of a large office setting."

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