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Chapter 6. Professionalism in the Home O... > You Can Fool Some of the People Some...

You Can Fool Some of the People Some of the Time

There's an old adage about “fooling” people. And the fact is that sometimes you can make your home office appear as professional and competitive as a large corporation. With professionally printed letterhead, a good phone system, proper business cards, a website, and so on, you can seem to the outside world as if you are actually working in a high and mighty corner office—when in fact you are operating from your dining room table.

For telecommuters, obviously people in your on-site office are going to know precisely where you are—at home! However, sometimes even telecommuters may want to seem to clients or potential clients on the other end of a phone call as if they are in a standard office. Perhaps it's the remaining bit of stigma that if you're working from home, you must be sitting at your computer in your bathrobe and talking on the telephone with one eye focused on the Jerry Springer show. Thankfully, corporations and others are moving away from the idea that working from home means you're wasting time, sitting around eating chips, or spending the morning perfecting your golf swing. Still, some people are reluctant to reveal they are a home office worker.


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