Becoming a home business owner is an option if you don't actually need to run your business from rented or owned business premises.
It's a common choice for people who just need a small office, or who spend most of their time working on premises owned by their clients.
However, working from home may not be an option if it significantly changes the use of your home, or affects your local area, for example if you have lots of visitors. If you rent your home, your licence or lease may include restrictions on using it for business purposes.
The major advantages are that you:
The disadvantages are:
It is important to keep your home and work life separate, especially if you have a family. There are simple steps you can take to make this separation - see the page in this guide on your work environment.
If you are feeling isolated from other people, Venture Labs and other organisations can provide you with details of networking events. You can also get involved in online networking - see our guide on online networking.