A recent study by research firm Access Markets International (AMI) Partners Inc. reported that there are 16.5 million home-based businesses in the United States — an all-time high. Sloan said this is due in part to a number of trends, from baby boomers retiring from their primary jobs and starting their own businesses to parents who want to work from home to spend more time with their families. In fact, the AMI data reveals the top two motives for forming a home-based business are the freedom of running one’s own business and the desire to have more control over personal/family time.
As the number of home-based businesses has grown over the years, so have technology needs. The AMI study — sponsored in part by Microsoft — revealed that 89 percent of home-based businesses have a PC. Among those with PCs, 84 percent have high-speed Internet access, and 28 percent have a Web site.
A target-rich environment for services such as Office Live Small Business and products such as Windows Home Server...
Top 100 Home-Based Businesses in the Nation Revealed: The StartupNation Home-Based 100, sponsored by Microsoft Office Live Small Business, ranks top performers among the nation’s often-unrecognized 16.5 million home-based businesses.