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Home Sweet Home Office

The first of a three-part series on home offices. Part One: Finding the right tools to maximize efficiency and minimize pain.

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Part Two
A Wiser Use of Space: How to Set Up Your Home Office
Tips for choosing an optimal spot and staying organized.

Part Three
Open for Business: Designing a Home Office for Clients
The final installment of a three-part series on home offices: welcoming visitors.

Until recently, the evolution of the entrepreneurial work-at-home experience went something like this: First a small space--maybe just the kitchen table--would be carved out to chase a new opportunity. With luck and , the business might grow significant enough to take over a dedicated space, like a spare bedroom, a corner of the basement or that room above the garage. Eventually, if the business really took off, it would outgrow the confines of the home office and move to a dedicated business space.

Today, though, and a growing awareness of the need for intelligent home office space have combined to change those dynamics. New ergonomic work tools transfer the benefits of dedicated work spaces to home environments. Advanced networking brings full connectivity to any room. And a changing society has blurred the lines of where it is acceptable to do business.

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