From Dr. Jane's Notebook

Is that Gum in My Word Processor?

A growing number of professionals and self-employed individuals have relocated their offices to their homes. As we consider this movement, one is reminded of a time when most people worked close to home on their farms, in their sheds or in buildings attached to their homes. When I was growing up, my family doctor was much like Alex Stone, M.D. of the Donna Reed Show, with his medical office attached to his home. When my Mother called him late at night, there was a certain comfort in being to able to reach him and knowing that he would not have to travel far to see a sick child.

In addition to doctors, many other professionals now work in home offices. I personally know accountants, photographers,lawyers, salespersons, therapists, journalists, builders, and more who have found that working from the home offers a great deal of satisfaction. Some of their reasons for making the move are as follows...

Now that he's turned his den into his "home accounting office" and has a comfortable workload, he's still up and dressed and ready for work each morning, but doesn't have to leave the breakfast table until 8:59 a.m.

When its not time to retire, but it is time for a change... that extra bedroom may offer another option. When Alvin Toffler described his concept of the "electronic cottage" in his book, Future Shock, who would have imagined that so many of us would have home computers and answering services. Is there an electronic cottage... errrr, home office in your future?

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Last Updated October 24, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.