With so much talk about using new media tools to network in today's environment, I think we sometimes forget that a good, old-fashioned coffee meet-up can be the most powerful networking tool you have in your arsenal.
Yet few people "execute" the coffee meet-up as well as they could.
There can and should be a lot of thought and effort put into every coffee you have with a colleague, former co-worker or potential employer or client.
I am a huge proponent of working from a home office if you can. Since my work with clients can mostly be done by phone, fax and email—and I work with clients from around the world—it works wonderfully for me.
But some business, and some entrepreneurs, really do benefit from having an office separate of their homes. Sometimes it's because you need a place to meet with clients. Sometimes it's because you just aren't suited to working at home alone all the time. Other times you need a way to better separate your business and personal lives.