Chapter 1


The digital revolution of the 1980s led to a significant increase in the number of home-based businesses. In 2007, 24.4 million Americans worked either full-time or part-time from home, double the numbers recorded in 1990 (Penn 2007, Lee and Mather 2008). Furthermore, the US-based International Data Corporation estimates that nearly 2 million home-based businesses will be added by 2015 (Jaffe 2011). As result of economic shift, the future, some argue, could see the dispersal of work from traditional offices to homes.

The surge of live–work situations, which is also called ‘telecommuting’, can be attributed to the advantages that one gets from setting up such an office. Working from home offers a sense of freedom ...

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