The Real Cost of a Home Office

By Yvette Romero - 2012-02-09T15:31:59Z

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The number of home-based businesses in the U.S. will rise from 19.3 million in 2011 to more than 20 million by 2013, according to market research firm IDC. Fueling that is a lousy job market. "You're almost forced into being an entrepreneur if you are given that pink slip," says Justin Jaffe, an IDC research manager. You can set up a home office on the cheap with used furniture and some creativity or create a more expensive, formal space.

Read on for Bloomberg Rankings' tally of what it can take to set up shop at home.

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