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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--butyou don't actually have an "office"? We went to SusanSilver, president of Positively Organized! in Los Angeles foradvice on setting up a home office without the office:

  • Think location. Even if youdon't have a separate room to call your office, choose an areaof your home that has a door, like a bedroom or the corner of anenclosed den. Says Silver, "Choose a location that hasprivacy, has good lighting, is quiet and doesn't get a lot offoot traffic from other family members."
  • Look with new eyes. Youmight even look to a corner or wall of your bedroom. Silversuggests 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 furniturearound."

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