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E: I haven't met you at the gym for a long time.
B: yeah, I quit my job, and started working from home. Recently I've got a project to deal with and don't have much time to work out.
E: why? You have a decent salary, lots of promotion opportunities and a regular life of going to the office at 9 o' clock and coming back home at 5 in the evening.
B: it's not about pay raise or promotion. You know,I hate getting up early in the morning and coming back home late at night.
E: then SOHO is your ideal work style.
B: yeah, as long as I have a computer and internet access, I can start working. I recently enjoy working in my own place and at my own pace.
E: and you don't have to work under that much pressure and control.
B: absolutely. I can decide when and what to do all by myself.
E: sounds great. Are there many business opportunies?
B: yea, I can find enough online.
E: it's good to have business around. But you should also do some exercise to keep fit.
B: thank you for reminding me. I'll continue to exercise as soon as I finish this project.
E:hey, the new SOHO. How's everything going?
B:everything's great.I've just returned from my office.
E: your office?Aren't you a freelancer?
B: sure I am. I work for myself, but I've rented a virtual office at an office building in the downtown area.
E: a virtual office?
B: yeah, an office that runs efficiently by using nothing other than online communication technologies. I pay the rent and share office services with others in the same building.
E: what kind of services do they offer?
B: a separated office, internet access, phone services, fax services, mail & courier services, and almost everything you have in a conventional office.
E: sounds fun.what else?
B: I get a business address at an expensive location, and I can share the receptionist and secretary with other offices in the same floor.
E: oh, that helps a lot to promote your "corporate image".
B: you bet it!