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Although it has offers many benefits – not least the total abandonment of the daily commute and not having to personally interact with any annoying colleagues – working from home can get lonely.

And while you can keep in touch with those colleagues you do like via conference call or video conference, it’s not quite the same as personal interaction.

So if you find yourself holding up the supermarket queue as you indulge the cashier in a (most likely unwanted) stop-and-chat, it’s probably time you did something about your work from home set-up.

Like get a pet, for instance…

Work from home

Yesterday we looked at hold music and whether or not you require a licence to play it.

Today we stumbled across some top pop music based on making a conference call and being stuck on hold. It could be metaphorical, it could be literal, but who cares when it sounds this good?

Want to hear it? Of course you do…

Conference calling

The new work from home legislation kicked in over the summer, meaning employers have to seriously consider any requests for remote working, and many employees who have requested flexible working will see decisions being made and, hopefully, processes put in place as their requests have been granted.

And if your business is going to offer remote working, you’ll have to make sure your equipment is up to scratch and employees can work just as well from home as they can from the office.

The trouble is, technology is advancing at a breakneck speed so it can be difficult to work out exactly what equipment will be needed – keeping employees in touch via teleconference is easy enough, but will you need additional hardware and software to enable employees to do their job while on the move?

To help answer this question, here are a few essential tools for businesses on the move…

Flexible working Work from home

Back in 2010 David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister, declared that “Britain is now open for business” while on a trade mission to China. And he wasn’t kidding – the UK has seen the number of self-employed rise by 650,000 to 4.5million in the last five years.

This means the self-employed now account for 15% of the UK’s active workforce, and while some of this has been borne out of necessity – it’s no coincidence the number of people starting up on their own increased as recession came along – it’s clear the UK is a nation of start-ups.

So if you’re thinking of joining the legion of UK start-ups, here’s some top tips to get your start-ups up and running…


Do you check your work emails from home? Answer business calls on your day off? Or even maybe just catch up on some office admin when you’re at a loose end?

If so, you could be doing damage to your health!

Work from home