With so many of us getting a taste of what it’s like to work from home in the past few weeks, perhaps it’s got you thinking about how you could make the arrangement permanent? You could, of course, negotiate with your employer, but if you have a desire to strike out on your own, whether it’s a consultancy, creative work, tutoring or many other fields, technology has made it easier than ever to ditch the office for your study/sofa/dining table. Potential home business owners should be encouraged by the fact that big is very far from the norm, 96 per cent of UK private sector businesses – or 5.6 million so-called micro-businesses – had less than 10 employees in 2019, showing that small really can be powerful.
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