Title

Home-based business: Setting straight the urban myth

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

SEAANZ

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Public Management

School

School of Management

RAS ID

2180

Comments

Walker, E. A. (2003). Home-based business: Setting straight the urban myth. Small Enterprise Research, 11(2), 35-48. Available here.

Abstract

Home-based businesses make up the largest cohort of Australian businesses yet there has been little dedicated empirical research conducted into this group, as they have either been ignored as a discrete group or subsumed into the generic grouping of small business. A major reason for this lack of research is because home-based businesses have often been assumed to be hobby or artisan types of businesses, operated in an ad hoc part-time basis, mainly by women and often out of the metropolitan area, thus not conforming to mainstream business. The inference which can be made from these assumptions is that home-based business are not 'legitimate' or real businesses. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a recent study into home-based businesses, which refute most of the assumptions and provide evidence that most home-based businesses are legitimate business operations. In addition home-based businesses are shown to be generators of real employment and that they also make a significant economic and social contribution to their local community.

DOI

10.5172/ser.11.2.35

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Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.5172/ser.11.2.35