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What's an office? A cubicle or small enclosed room on the umpteenth floor of a downtown high-rise, right? Not necessarily. More and more rat-racers a ...

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A virtual office-that's going to work

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(NC)-What's an office? A cubicle or small enclosed room on the umpteenth floor of a downtown high-rise, right? Not necessarily. More and more rat-racers and commuters are choosing to opt out of the old paradigm, shed the business suit and set up shop in their homes.

Some people are selling their services as actual "virtual offices," offering remote administrative assistance, communications, web and tech help and more. Others work a couple of days a week, freelance when projects come in or run a full-time home-based business. You don't have to buy a water cooler or install an elevator in your house to make your home office a reality, but you do have put some thought into your set-up.

No matter how strong your business plan, you need the right equipment to succeed. Advances in computer and communications technology have come hand in hand with price drops, so this isn't going to hurt your wallet as much as you might think. A full computer with all the fixings goes for as much today as just a monitor a few years ago.

A good way to save cash and space is to opt for a multi-function centre which features a laser printer, copier, PC/high-speed fax, and scanner, all in one. For example, Brother has several models that are so compact that they take up the same desk space as a fax machine alone (www.brother.ca/smb).

According to Marc Ruel, product specialist at Brother Canada, these machines can also save a lot of money in consumables. "We pioneered work on these machines, back in the mid-90s, and we keep innovating to meet the needs of the growing virtual and home office industry. For instance, if you mostly print in black and white, our monochrome laser technology uses a drum and toner two-cartridge system which gives you a higher yield at lower cost."

With your office set up and your equipment in place, now you can practice your phone-answering voice: "Me Incorporated. How can we help you today?"

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