The UK’s top 25 businesses run from home

UK’s top 25 businesses run from home: 11-20

11. Cost reduction business Expense Reduction Analysts

12. Travel agency HolidaysPlease.co.uk

13. Recruitment agency Blue Monday Recruitment

14. Estate agents Pattinson

16. Investment network Angels Den

17. Career break resource TheCareerBreakSite.co.uk

18. Reservation service Infotel

19. Network design company Commendium

20. Business expenses software provider WebExpenses

If you don’t trust them, don’t hire them

Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, founder of TheCareerBreakSite.com, which provides advice for midlife-crisis hit office workers, has been to one or the other unconventional meeting in the jacuzzi at the local gym. Why? Well, a change of scene is a safe way to boost creativity – and with all the time saved on the daily commute, why not use it on something that lifts the spirits.

TheCareerbReakSite.com introduced flexible working mainly to save costs on rent, but after years in a team of home workers, she has learned one valuable lesson: “If people love what they do, they’ll get on with it, regardless of where they are.

“We find that individuals can be more productive when they work to their own schedule. While we might do errands during work time, they get done quicker and it means we sometimes work in the evenings or at weekends. I’ve even worked in the middle of the night when I couldn’t sleep.”

As the mother of a toddler, Morgan-Trimmer will have a few sleepless nights to spend working ahead. “I literally juggle motherhood with my career. Flexible working is useful for everyone but it’s even more important for working mothers, which is why it’s disappointing that [Yahoo! CEO] Marissa Mayer (who had her baby around the same time as I had mine) doesn’t seem to realise this.”

A company like Yahoo! should be at the forefront of modern working life, says Morgan-Trimmer. “Essentially, they’re saying to their employees that they don’t trust them to do the job they’re paid to do. This creates disharmony and, ultimately, disloyalty. I think people work better when they’re trusted to get on with something, and the proof will always be in the results of their work anyway.”

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