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Is Your Home Office Cooler Than Mine?

Posted by: Nick Leiber on August 1, 2008

To get a sense of what the growing crowd of home-based entrepreneurs (some 16.5 million in the U.S., according to Small Business Administration data) is doing to turn its living quarters into corporate headquarters, we recently posted a nomination form online, asking readers to send in photos and tell us what makes their company’s workspaces unique.

Responses rolled in, describing everything from a teakwood bungalow in Thailand to a goat-and-chicken farm in Northern California. We selected 10 of the best, posted them in a slide show, and asked readers to cast a vote for their favorite. (The slide show was part of a special report on the ins and outs of running a home-based business.)

Now the voting results are in. Hats off to top vote-getter Neal Zimmerman, an architect who runs his firm out of his home in West Hartford, Conn. (That’s his workspace in the photo above.) Runners up, in order, are Web site designer Richard Hamel and architect/business network founder Manu Kumar. Congrats to all again. I wish my home office was as cool as theirs.

Reader Comments

Nathan Scheffey

August 5, 2008 10:25 AM

Nice office Neal! I see you've got the same chair as me, the Humanscale Freedom. Definitely the most comfortable chair I've ever owned. Bought mine from and never looked back.

Alva Winston

August 5, 2008 1:56 PM

Congratulations! You have a smart looking, functional and well organized office. I still love the office you designed for me. Keep up the good work.

Jim Thompson

August 6, 2008 11:58 AM

Very nice office. I got the Humanscale chair with the headrest. It is marvelous. I found the best price at Their ergonomics specialist was very helpful too.

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What's it like to run your own company today? Entrepreneurs face multiple hurdles new and old, from raising capital and managing employees to keeping up with technology and competing in a global marketplace. In this blog, the Small Business channel's John Tozzi and Nick Leiber discuss the news, trends, and ideas that matter to small business owners. Follow them on Twitter @newentrepreneur.

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