There are more and more people setting up businesses from home as this excellent research report from Enterprise Nation shows. A big plus is that the G’ment are actively encouraging this and ensuring that people can do this without having to pay business rates, seek planning permission and giving guidelines for a model tenancy agreement so that Landlords remove a contract clause which says that people cannot run a business from their home.

The stats on this infographic says it all and they are contributing over £300 billion to the economy. Between 65 and 86 % of these hompreneurs who started up during the recession would not wish to return to a traditional job. 30% of them were created in the last year alone and contrary to stereotyping they were not all women (64%). They were also not all young mums. Only 3 out of 10 were young mums with kids under 10. Also against stereotyping the main sectors were creative services , business services and retail for women and business services, creative and consulting for men. 30% of them had 2 or more jobs including their home business so are indeed classic portfolio workers.


… is the conclusion of a new report from Barclay’s Bank. You don’t need to read the whole report. Instead look at my good friend Steve Preston’s summary of it along with his insights as to what it takes to become successfully self employed.


Portfolio careers continues to become the new ‘norm’

29 July 2014

We have posted a lot over the past year in particular with data that clearly shows the increasing popularity of portfolio careers, self employment, freelancing and flexible working. The latest study is from PcW.  Only around one in seven workers wants to work in a ‘traditional’ nine-to-five office environment in the future, according to their [...]

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How do we keep fit as portfolio workers?

10 July 2014

Yes – this is an issue that I hear about a lot. You would think that with a portfolio lifestyle that keeping fit and good nutrition would be easy to achieve! Quite! The fact is that we are often  so busy juggling our portfolio roles around that is exactly what we fail to do. I [...]

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Are you lonely working from home?

28 June 2014

One of the joys of shopping in Waitrose – and there are many, especially if like me you are now also a carer – is that you can sit with your free coffee and read their free mags and their Waitrose Weekend paper. And low and behold a great article in it today by Amira [...]

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Willl portfolio careers be the norm?

28 June 2014

Fascinating statistic from a report from Right Management earlier this year: nearly 80% of HR directors said they expect the majority of their employees to have portfolio careers within the next five years. So members of this group were just ahead of your time!  But as Katie and I keep saying it is not the [...]

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More and more people want to be self employed

4 June 2014

  I did an entry on this phenomenon in April based on new stats from the ONS. So lo and behold we now have a new report from the RSA (of which I am a Fellow) called Salvation in a Start Up. This is well worth reading. Today there are 600,000 more microbusinesses in existence [...]

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Are portfolio careers the natural habitat for the Gen Y population?

29 May 2014

In our book we were quoting data even 5 years ago which suggested that our chosen career pattern would appear to be very attractive to Gen Y’s.  More data is accumulating that suggests that this connection is growing. A new global report  released by  London Business School , in partnership with Deloitte, showed that high [...]

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Portfolio careers can be longlasting

24 May 2014

One of the joys of a portfolio career for me has always been that from time to time aspects of your past life or indeed a constituent of your previous portfolio career re-emerges. I was approached by  Unionlearn ( ) recently. They host a great programme for 30,000 Union Learning Reps, all volunteers with demanding [...]

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Massive increase in self employment

9 April 2014

An increase in the number of self-employed people is behind recent falls in official unemployment figures as opposed to the creation of new jobs. Quarterly labour market data, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealed there were just 0.2 per cent more ‘employed’ people during the last quarter. This compares to a rise [...]

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