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Harried, With Children

Coping with kids; take our going-solo quiz

By Laura Tiffany

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You started a homebased business with the fantasy of yourtoddler playing quietly by your feet while you make phone calls.Reality has set in, however, and said toddler has eaten the Post-itwith your client's phone number and decided oatmeal belongs inyour disk drive. "But," you say while pulling out clumpsof prematurely gray hair, "What's the point of working athome if I still need child care?"

Think no commute, flexible hours and lunch meetings with yourkids. "The beauty of working at home is that your hours areflexible and your choices of child care are, too," says EllenH. Parlapiano, co-author with Patricia Cobe of Mompreneurs: AMother's Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Work-at-HomeSuccess (Perigee Books, $13, 800-788-6262). If you'reworried about the cost, Parlapiano suggests these alternatives:

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