• A Whole Bundle Of Facts About Home Businesses (Infographic)

    This is a sponsored post from Vonage, who provide communication solutions from people working from home.

    Vonage recently sent over an infographic they’ve put together about working from home. I’ve been working from home, on and off, for six years now. I LOVE it. There are so many benefits, from being more focused and saving on travel costs, to spending less time worrying about office politics and meetings that overrun.

    I’m not alone. 8 million people in the UK run an online business from home. Even more offer services like childminding, pet services and gardening. Services that don’t necessarily require professional premises. We count for 8% of the UK workforce, and that’s growing at a rate of 2000 new home businesses every week. We’re kicking ass from the comfort of our sofas.

    I love that the internet now opens up so many more options to people to start their own businesses. Home businesses are flourishing because there aren’t the same number of barriers up as before. You can start a business with fewer overheads and initial spending, which means you can spend more on the important bits like marketing and networking.

    Want to start a home business? Here are a few examples of businesses you can start:

    • PR
    • Social Media
    • Accountant advice (you all know my buddy Rosie from One Man Band Accounting, right?)
    • CV writer
    • Life Coach
    • eBay Assistant
    • Editorial
    • Journalist
    • Stylist
    • Virtual Assistant
    • Crafts (making and selling)
    • Personal Trainer
    • Party Plan

    Have a little nosy through the stats and let me know what you think.

    Are you a home business owner?


  • Anatomy of a Freelancer

    Sponsored post

    When Vonage sent me over this infographic of the anatomy of a freelancer, I had to share it with you. Did you know that there are 4.6million self-employed people in the UK as of January 2014? We’re contributing a massive £202bn to the economy every year. It’s also good news for us ladies – we’re leading the huge boom in freelancing, with the number of female freelancers increasing by 12% between 2011 and 2013 (compared to only a 5% increase for men.)

    Freelancing could be a financially savvy move too. In fact, the average freelance annual income (£50,258) is almost double that of an employed person (£26,000)

    It’s not all good news though. Women still being paid less (£32.91 an hour compared to £34.41 an hour for men). Time to up our prices perhaps?

    Have a read below of some of the other facts and figures about freelancing, including which sectors are the best paid for freelancers and what skills are in demand.

    (Click on the image to see a big version of this)


  • Flexi-working – Are Work From Home Fridays the answer?

    With Nick Clegg outlining a proposal to give all workers the right to demand flexible working, I thought this infographic about Work From Home Fridays was worth a share. Flexible working has been available to parents for several years now, but Clegg is hoping to expand the concept to all workers, and therefore remove the stigma of flexi-working.

    It’ll be interesting to see what impact this will have on businesses, especially as there are additional plans for parents to share a year of parental leave when they have a child (a practice that has been successful in several European countries). Work From Home Fridays may be one way to adopt a flexi-working approach, where employees can choose to work from home one day a week (depending on the role, obviously).

    Work from Home Fridays. Join the movement!

    What do you think about the potential move to increase flexi-working and rework parental leave?

  • Setting Up A Home Office – an infographic

    Setting up a Home Office – An infographic by the team at Setting up a home office inforgraohic

    Just a quick post today with an infographic created for the lovely Work From Home Wisdom team. The UK site is run by Judy Heminsley, and it’s got a HUGE collection of photos people have submitted of their home offices – so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to setting up a home office.

    Have a browse of her office galleries if you get a minute. Or an hour. You can then submit your own office by emailing a picture over to them. I’m planning to do that…as soon as my desk looks less like a bomb site.

  • The Future World Of Work (Infographic)

    At the moment, I’m reading ReWork, a book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson all about how our current perception of how a business should work isn’t how it has to work (thanks for the recommendation Kerri Chalk!). The pair explain how people doubted their business would be successful when none of them worked in the same office (or even the same country). They went on to launch a number of popular software packages, including Basecamp, which are aimed at small businesses, freelancers and remote workers. Their ability to be flexible with the rules,or even break them, has been the secret to their success.

    The reason I mention all this, is because I’ve just come across this infographic below that backs up how important it is for businesses to embrace flexible working and remote working. While many businesses have trust issues regarding employees working from home, those who have embraced remote working have noticed a higher level of productivity – and they’re able to attract and retain talented employees much easier. With technology getting better and better, the need to work in an office is becoming less important (which hopefully means you’ll have to go to less pointless meetings – but that’s another blog post entirely).

    This infographic is interactive, so you’ll need to pop over to to view the full content.

    Browse more infographics.

    How do you feel about flexible or remote working? Are you already a remote employer/employee? Let me know what you think about this working direction in the comments!

  • I wrote a book! The 30 Day Freelancing Challenge

    Well, it’s been a long time coming, but my 30 Day Freelancing Challenge is now available as an eBook thanks to Nikki Pilkington. And until Monday, it’s only £4! (It’ll go up to £8 then). It’s aimed at helping anyone who wants to escape the rat race set themselves up as freelance – and, as the name would suggest, it takes place over 30 days.

    Nikki has a wide range of 30 day challenges for all sorts of online services, including, Facebook, Google+ and blogging. You can find all her challenges here, and my freelancing challenges here.

    With rather excellent timing, this infographic landed in my inbox from PolicyBee. If you’re curious about freelancing, this gives a pretty good overview.

    Freelancers on freelancing – Policy Bee
    Infographic by PolicyBee Insurance

    Oh, and if you enjoyed the 30 Day Challenge, I might be working on another one in the future…

  • Working from home: An infographic

    If you’re a regular reader, you probably aware of how enthusiastic I am about the benefits of home working. My personal experience is that working from home makes me more productive, less stressed and I’m more confident about taking on new skills and responsibilities.

    So when I came across the infographic below, I was pleased to see more businesses embracing the virtual workforce approach. In fact, 56% of senior leaders and hiring managers from Fortune 500 companies with over 5,000 employees believe virtual work will increase in their company.

    Asia is currently leading this move in working styles, with 76% of Asia-based businesses planning to increase telecommuting and teleconferencing in their company, compared to 53% in the USA.

    It makes sense really for businesses to consider increasing their virtual workforce. A reduction in office costs, increase in productivity and potentially an increase in job satisfaction is undoubtedly a good thing for any business. Additionally, it also widens the recruiting net, when an employer isn’t restricted to looking for people in the local area. Obviously it’s not an option for all companies, like retail, but for office-based employees it’s definitely a consideration.

    That said, companies do need to be aware of employees feeling disconnected, so it’s worth organising face-to-face meetings occasionally too, along with regular appraisals.

    (Source: Mashable)

    If you had the option of working from home, would you take it?

    If you already work from home, how do you find it affects your work?

    Let me know in the comments below.

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