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Work, Interrupted

How to deal with interruptions when you work from home

By Laura Tiffany

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There's an ugly little myth homebased business owners areconstantly called upon to shatter: that you're not reallyworking. You're not really under constant deadlines, so youhave the freedom to take off at any moment to share coffee with aneighbor, a long-distance chit-chat with Aunt Rita or an Oprahmoment with your spouse.

While you thought you escaped the demons of watercooler gossipand cubicle chatter when you went homebased, unwelcomeinterruptions are not a thing of the past. But instead of annoyingcoworkers you could easily dismiss, now the interruptions arecourtesy of people you actually like. How do you deal withwell-meaning friends and family without sounding like a shrew?

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