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When your home is your office, hiring employees is a touchy task. Learn how to set boundaries and cover your bases to make this transition smoothly.

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Lanny Morton decided it was time to hire an employee after hespent hours packing boxes and writing shipping labels by handinstead of focusing on expanding his growing business. "Ineeded to be out looking for product and working on marketing-notpackaging and labeling orders all day," says Morton, the ownerof SportsCloseouts.com, an online sporting goods retailerthat launched in 2002.

After just five months in business, 36-year-old Morton beganlooking for an employee but quickly discovered that when it came tofinding the right person, he wasn't sure where to start."Hiring employees to work in your home is difficult,"says Morton, who runs SportsCloseouts.com out of his home inPhoenix. "It's much more personal than hiring someone towork in a retail store."

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