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No office required: Successful at-home startups

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  • At-home startups prove commercial facilities aren't required for success
  • OutKast, Google, Microsoft, Spanx and other famous names started in homes
  • Paula Deen's kitchen bag-lunch operation led to her media empire
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(CNN) -- Commercial office space, warehouses or factory facilities are not required to launch a successful business.

At-home enterprises have turned many business people into full-fledged celebrities.


Grammy award-winning musicians OutKast started in a basement recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia. Apple, Google and Microsoft all were born at home-based facilities. See more famous businesses that started at home »

Culinary queen Paula Deen started her media empire by making bag lunches in her own kitchen.

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