Caroline Wylie has been running her business Virtually Sorted from home for the past ten years. The firm provides flexible admin support for small businesses, providing everything from typing to managing social media sites, and employs 25 people working from home across the UK.
Modern technology has made working from home much easier for Caroline and her team of virtual assistants. Being able to get work done through email and phone has removed any real need for a physical office space and enabled Caroline’s staff to operate from anywhere in the country.
Caroline said “Working from home can often be seen as an inferior choice but in reality it means clients get better response times and I have a much nicer lifestyle than working the traditional 9-5.”
Caroline also runs www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/ from her home, the largest network of virtual assistants in the UK, providing support for those looking to set up shop in the ever growing sector.
In February 2015 the Federation of Small Businesses published research into Scotland’s home based businesses. The report Home Truths provides an in-depth profile of Scottish home-based businesses, dispelling many of the popular myths about these 188,000 firms. With half of all Scottish businesses being based in the home, sustaining around one in five private sector jobs and turning over £19.7 billion a year, the report argues that local government, regulators, banks and enterprise support agencies can’t ignore these businesses and should adapt their approach to better meet their needs.