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.
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
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%
Costs and profit:
But men need more cash to get started.
- Men need significantly more money to get their business’ off the ground (£8441 versus £5597)
- 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 night
*Difficulty striking a work/life balance affects more women than men;
*Evidence for this provided in the table below:
|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%|
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