If US stats are anything to go by, two out of three companies begin in a spare bedroom, garage, or possibly even a bathroom. In fact, that’s how companies as varied as Apple, BaskinRobbins ice cream, Microsoft, Hallmark cards, the Lillian Vernon online gift cata- logue and Purex laundry products got going. Thanks to the Internet, running a company from home is now more doable and popular than ever before.
However, operating a home-based business also comes with its own unique challenges. How many times have I had a client on the phone when my kids started fighting, the neighbourhood tomcat began his piercing mating calls or there was the loud, unmistakeable jingle of the ice cream truck driving up and down our streets? What about the battle to keep work separate from family and personal life? And