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How can I minimize weirdness when hosting clients in my home office?

By on Mar 6th
I run a business from my home, and I often have to meet with clients and collaborators. I've been meeting in coffee shops, but I want to make a change: some meetings require lots of materials or even room to spread out drawings and papers, and I hate lugging this stuff around and then splaying out my work in a cafe. However, I want to make sure I'm projecting a professional persona even when I greet a client at my front door and lead them through the living room to my office. My house is fine — it's neat, though doesn't have a ton of furniture. It just feels strange to invite people to see where I live AND work.

Am I silly to worry about this? Is there anything you can suggest to allay my twinge of weirdness about mixing business and personal worlds?

Thank you! -Bessie

I totally get this. Like, if I meet a client here, they have to meet my cat. If they have to pee, they use MY bathroom and WHAT IF THERE IS PEE ON THE SEAT?! The SHAME. We need your help, Homies: What are the must-pay-attention-to items when your at-home business is expecting company?

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I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.