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HOW TO SET UP A HOME OFFICE LIKE A PRO; ADVICE FROM AT&T'S HOME OFFICE MANAGER

 HOW TO SET UP A HOME OFFICE LIKE A PRO;
 ADVICE FROM AT&T'S HOME OFFICE MANAGER
 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- How do you go about creating the optimal work environment? And how do you do it while keeping a close eye on the bottom line?
 Here, from Mary A. Lenney, AT&T's Home Office Manager, are a few things to keep in mind as you set up your home office:
 Don't skimp on commutations; your professional image is at stake. With the basic tools -- a separate telephone line, answering and fax machines and a computer with modem -- chances are your clients won't be able to tell if you work from a high-rise or your garage.
 Analyze your work style before buying anything. If you move around the house, you'll want a cordless phone. If you send a lot of faxes, you'll need a separate line or perhaps a machine that keeps your transmissions confidential. If you want the freedom to consult files while on the phone, you'll probably want to invest in a speakerphone or modular headset.
 If work space is limited, investigate combination units that offer a full-feature phone with an answering or fax machine.
 Invest in time savers that will boost your productivity. Make sure you're making full use of your personal computer.
 A PC based on Intel's 386 chip offers the power level and memory you may need to accommodate spreadsheet programs. If you opt for a 386 laptop computer, you'll be able to work on the road and still be able to use a full-size monitor at home.
 For as little as a $30 administrative fee, you can sign up for little as a $30 administrative fee, you can sign up for electronic mail service that will allow you to store, send and retrieve quick messages from clients or suppliers -- or volumes of financial information -- almost instantly.
 Search out savings where you can without sacrificing quality.
 While the difference in standard prices among long-distance companies is generally just pennies per call, the major carriers offer calling plans with significant discounts on in-state, out-of-state and international calls. For example, AT&T has a plan tailor-made for those who work at home -- AT&T AnyHour Saver (sm) -- but which plan works best for you depends on where, when and how often you call.
 Call the long-distance companies and compare prices and services. Some, like AT&T, offer free, time-saving services such as separating business and personal calls on your bill.
 Seek out information from knowledgeable sources.
 Professional associations can help you hook up with useful information and others who work from home. So can the AT&T Home Office Network, the first corporate-sponsored association supporting the needs of people who work at home. Charter membership, free to AT&T Long Distance customers, entitles you to special discounts from AT&T and other companies on telecommunications products and services, office equipment and supplies, as well as travel, business, legal and other services.
 Members also receive a quarterly publication with information on more savings opportunities as well as details on how to network with other members. For information, call 1-800-446-6311, ext. 1000.
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 /CONTACT: Ellen Zundl of AT&T Media Relations, 908-221-5017, or evenings, 201-543-2236/ CO: AT&T ST: New Jersey IN: TLS SU:


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