With advances in communication and IT, more people than ever before are now choosing to work from home; one in seven, (1) with many running their own business there.

Yell Business has gathered information via a survey of 1500 small business owners to find out about their working practises.

Turning off:

Women are more likely to work from home (68% versus 45% of men) and appear to be less able to switch off.

  • 60% of women check emails during the evening compared to only 47% of men
  • 51% of women will also check emails on their ‘days off’ – only 38% of men do

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But women work shorter hours.

  • Female small business owners, on average, work an extra hour less than their male counterparts (6 hours versus 7 hours)

Fear of failure:

Men are more confident about their ability to make their business a success.

  • 26% of men say that fear of failure is the hardest part of being a business owner versus 30% of women
  • 23% of men say that fear of failure stopped them setting up a business as opposed to 29% of women
  • Only 16% of men think ‘knowing where to start’ put them off setting up a business, whereas for women that is nearly double at 31%

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But men need more cash to get started.

  • Men need significantly more money to get their business’ off the ground (£8441 versus £5597)

 Further statistics:

  • 56% of small business owners work from home the majority of the time
  • Women are more likely to work from home the majority of the time than men with 68% of female business owners surveyed doing so compared to 45% of male business owners
  • 19% of small business owners work in their own office that sits outside of their home the majority of the time
  • There are many other locations mentioned where people work the majority of the time – including building sites, pubs and even their own cars
  • 46% of small business owners feel most productive working from home
  • Women are more likely to feel most productive working from home – 57% female small business owners compared to 37% of male small business owners
  • 21% of small business owners feel most productive working from their own office
  • 18% of small business owners feel that there is nowhere in particular that that makes them feel most productive to work
  • Women appear to be more affected by their environment. Only 14% say their environment doesn’t affect their productivity levels compared to a higher proportion, 21%, of men who aren’t affected
  • 53% of small business owners check their emails throughout the evening
  • 44% check their emails on days off
  • 41% check their emails as soon as they wake up in the morning
  • 40% find it hard to switch off from work
  • 31% check their emails regularly while on holiday
  • 14% never take a break when they’re at work
  • 10% check their emails in the middle of the nightapple-691323_640

*Difficulty striking a work/life balance affects more women than men;

*Evidence for this provided in the table below:

Statement Men Women % difference
I check my emails throughout the evening 47% 60% +13%
I check my emails on my days off 38% 51% +13%
I check my emails as soon as I wake up in the morning 37% 47% +10%
I find it hard to switch off from work 38% 43% +5%
I check my emails regularly whilst on holiday 28% 35% +7%
I never take a break when I’m at work 12% 17% +5%
I check my emails in the middle of the night 8% 12% +4%

 

For further information about Yell Business please visit: business.yell.com

 

(1) www.personneltoday.com