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How can I convince my spouse that I'm really working, even when I'm sitting on a lounge chair on the deck? 
Clearly, with wireless Internet connections on our laptop computers, work sometimes does look like leisure. But, if your spouse looks over your shoulder and sees a game of solataire on the screen, you're busted.

It is hard for some family members to realize work can be accomplished in a more relaxed environment than one might think. For some people, working in a lounge chair is just as productive as a desk chair. For others, the discipline of a desk chair at a desk is the only way they can concentrate. If your spouse is concerned, sit down for a chat. Address his or her concerns. Reassure him or her that you always take your work seriously.

Of course, if your bank account shows steady income from the business, that's the best reassurance of all. 
Brain Trust contributor: Co-Author of The 30 Second Commute
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