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Home is where the business is: incidents in everyday life and the formation of home-based businesses

Home is where the business is: incidents in everyday life and the formation of home-based businesses
Home is where the business is: incidents in everyday life and the formation of home-based businesses
Home-based businesses (HBBs) represent an increasingly important form of entrepreneurial activity, yet often remain overlooked within academic literature and largely invisible within official statistics. Set against the background of the home becoming a more common place of business, this article unpacks owner-entrepreneurs’ experiences in forming their HBB. By employing Lefebvre’s concept of everyday life and drawing on de Certeau’s work, it examines the trajectories and tactics of HBB owner-entrepreneurs in the Sheffield City Region in the UK. Focusing on the creative industries sector, the article problematises the push/pull, opportunity/ necessity based binary to elucidate how incidents experienced by HBB owner-entrepreneurs affect the formation of HBBs. The motivations for creating HBBs are shown to be complex, comprising personal and work-related incidents which are related to the lived practices of owner-entrepreneurs. Finally, the article broadens the discussion to reflect on implications for public policy and outlines directions for further research into HBBs as an increasingly pertinent field of entrepreneurship.
0266-2426
428-448
Vorley, Tim
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Rodgers, Peter
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Vorley, Tim
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Rodgers, Peter
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Vorley, Tim and Rodgers, Peter (2014) Home is where the business is: incidents in everyday life and the formation of home-based businesses. International Small Business Journal, 32 (4), 428-448. (doi:10.1177/0266242612452173).

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Home-based businesses (HBBs) represent an increasingly important form of entrepreneurial activity, yet often remain overlooked within academic literature and largely invisible within official statistics. Set against the background of the home becoming a more common place of business, this article unpacks owner-entrepreneurs’ experiences in forming their HBB. By employing Lefebvre’s concept of everyday life and drawing on de Certeau’s work, it examines the trajectories and tactics of HBB owner-entrepreneurs in the Sheffield City Region in the UK. Focusing on the creative industries sector, the article problematises the push/pull, opportunity/ necessity based binary to elucidate how incidents experienced by HBB owner-entrepreneurs affect the formation of HBBs. The motivations for creating HBBs are shown to be complex, comprising personal and work-related incidents which are related to the lived practices of owner-entrepreneurs. Finally, the article broadens the discussion to reflect on implications for public policy and outlines directions for further research into HBBs as an increasingly pertinent field of entrepreneurship.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 20 December 2012
Published date: 15 June 2014

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Local EPrints ID: 442362
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442362
ISSN: 0266-2426
PURE UUID: 755be230-ef40-459a-9217-611ea3ccbae1

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Date deposited: 14 Jul 2020 16:31
Last modified: 09 Jan 2022 10:22

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Author: Tim Vorley
Author: Peter Rodgers

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