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Top ten signs you are ready to escape to a real office

October 2, 2009

TOP TEN SIGNS YOU ARE READY TO ESCAPE TO A REAL OFFICE from INC.com website:

#10: “I want to hire an assistant, but we’d have to share a chair.”
If your business is expanding faster than you have office furniture or you are meeting with your clients in the hallway, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#9: “My husband thinks I need to get a real job.”
If your husband or wife thinks that you spend your day chatting with the neighbors or your mother-in-law is convinced you are running a drug cartel out of your living room, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#8: “My friends think that working at home means I never miss Days of Our Lives.”
If you are like Rodney Dangerfield and “can’t get any respect” because your friends think you catch every episode of Dr. Phil and sleep until noon, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#7: “Starbucks is starting to encroach on my profits.”
If you are conducting all your big meetings in the science fiction section of Barnes & Noble or you are working on your sixth grande frappachino, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#6: “I realized today that at 4pm, I was still wearing pajamas.”
If your idea of networking is talking to the cat and you haven’t been in a shower or out of the house in over a week, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#5: “I could die here and no one would ever know.”
If you worry that it might be the smell that gets people to inquire about your business, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#4: “Why did God invent Oprah? How are we supposed to work when Oprah is on?”
If you are overwhelmed by the urge to climb back into bed or regularly feel a deep longing to do several loads of laundry in the middle of the business day, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#3: “No, the baby doesn’t go in the playpen…Important papers go in there so the baby can’t get at them.”
If you find yourself picking Cheerios out of your laptop, chasing the kids around the kitchen while conference-calling Japan and wiping peanut butter off your client’s proposal, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

#2: “I feel like I live at the office…Wait! I do!”
If your workday ends two minutes before you drop into bed or you are taking four-a.m. phone calls from sleepless clients, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

And last but not least…

#1: “Since you’re home all day anyway, I need a favor…”
If you are picking up your wife’s laundry, driving your friend to the airport or running errands for your neighbors in the middle of your workday, you are a good candidate to escape your home office.

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