Work-life balance in home-based businesses: a UK study

Isla Kapasi, Laura Galloway

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Abstract

Home-based businesses are increasing in number throughout Western economies. One of the benefits of home-based business is asserted to be improved work-life balance, yet there is little evidence to support this empirically. Using a qualitative methodology work-life balance in eight home-based businesses in the UK is explored in this paper. Motivations include desire for improved work-life balance, but the achievement of this amongst the study’s participants was found to be nuanced. Critically, home-based business is another employment context in which work-life balance must be managed. This management relates particularly to the blurring of work and life time and space and in the home-based business context this may require self-discipline to a greater extent than for those in employment or self-employment remote from the home.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
JournalInternational Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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