Working from the car, or the beach, or even underwater may be some people's dream of working for themselves. But for the estimated 4.2 million people work from home in the United Kingdom, whether you are working in your front room, spare room, or the garden shed, it is important to be able to work efficiently to get the job done.
Hilton Freund offers a list of 13 essentials that’you need to start building the perfect home office space.
Homeworking outsourcing company Sensée, has found that homeworkers are happier than traditional workers, even though they work longer hours.
Is it because homeworkers get to work in thei nude? Or perhaps they have easy access to the refridgerator, and last night's left-over pizza? Or maybe homeworkers prefer the cat to their boss?
Have you thought about putting pen to paper and writing that novel that will make you your fortune?
Why not, it can be done. Assuming you have actually done your masterpiece you then have to find a publisher. It is very difficult and requires some lucky breaks. But don't give up on the idea of writing.
PERS is a Yorkshire-based organisation whose homeworking unit provides equipment for homeworkers, and training and support for anyone wanting to start or continue working from home, on a self employed or outworking basis.
Sophie Devonshire runs her company "Babes With Babies" virtually - there is no physical office and the staff all work remotely from their homes across the UK, Dubai and France.
We've put together 10 more case studies, of people who actually work from home, and ask them, how they got started, and any home working tips they may have.
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How you use your telephone could be the difference between a successful business and one that fails. Simple tips such as when to answer the phone (not immediately), your tone of voice, and whether to ask open or closed questions, could make all the difference. Here's how.
Working from home can be deceptive. The comforts of home do not necessary help with work. The television, refrigerator, and a dozen other distractions might make home a bad place to work for some. Here are ten tips to help.
Homeworking and family life do not mix easily but, with planning and care, is beneficial for all. If you have small children do not expect to be able to work while they play merrily (but quietly) by your side!
You should expect to make the same sort of child care arrangements as you would if you are going out to work.
- If you are an older person considering homeworking then you have come to the right place to lead you towards fulfilling and worthwhile employment at home. Being an older person you may be retired, made redundant or just want a more flexible way of working on your own terms. Homeworking may be the answer but as with anyone it takes time to set up and is not something that can be rushed.