Having a room dedicated to business that is neither their bedroom nor a meeting place for clients is the modus operandi of the typical home-based business owner, new research shows.
But sharing this preferred set-up with iHubbub, a social network for home-based traders, such self-employed people signalled they were particular about the room’s features and usage.
While the bulk of them said the room has an internet-connected PC – the staple item that let their business “get going” in its early days – it is definitely not the preferred place to meet people professionally.
For such face-to-face appointments, the freelance workers said that they favoured their client’s office, which is almost twice as popular as the next option – a high-street coffee shop.
But these coffee shop meet-ups seem to characterise the flexibility and practicality that the home-based business owners favour, as their other responses to the network imply.
For example, most of them said they preferred working on laptops – but cost meant PCs dominated – and almost all have residential broadband deals – even though all are trading as businesses.
“The most interesting information that came out of the survey was finding out that only 25 of the people surveyed actually use business broadband,” reflected iHubbub.
“Are the business broadband suppliers charging too much…? Or could it be that home business owners simply find it easier to use what they have installed [already]?”
Elsewhere in the survey, the home-run start-ups threw their support behind mobile communications and devices, in contrast to fixed, landline phones, which were rated as slightly less important than office furniture.