Overcome the challenges of working from home

#1 Introducing the Homepreneur Show

Published by Amanda Brown on

Hi! Welcome to the 1st episode of the Homepreneur Show, a weekly podcast published every Thursday helping home-based businesses overcome the challenges of working from home. I have worked from my home office, just north of London, England, for 20 years.

In this episode, I talk about the different types of homepreneurs:

  • knowledge focused
  • creatives
  • people focused

We'll be broadcasting a weekly show on a Thursday. Alongside every episode there are these Show Notes which include a summary of the content of the show and any useful links as well as the full transcript which you can find below.

Follow Homepreneur on social media and keep in touch:

Website: www.homepreneur.co

Email: Amanda Brown

Facebook group: Homepreneur Community

Twitter: @amanda_brown

Read the transcript

Amanda Brown here, and welcome to the very first episode of the Homepreneur Show. Just to give you a little bit of background about me. I've been working from home for the past 20 years. Prior to that I worked in the City as an investment manager, that's the city of London. My home office is based about 25 miles north of London, England. During the working week I have the pleasure of being a business consultant, helping companies with their online communications, and my real passion is all about helping other homepreneurs set up and run efficient home-based businesses. It's great fun to be involved with lots of businesses and business people from different parts of the economy & lots of different industry sectors.

Let's look, first of all, at who's a homepreneur. Well, I've divided them up into three different segments. We've got those knowledged-focused folk like consultants and coaches, trainers, event organisers, maybe mystery shoppers, or people involved in market research. They're all part of people who are working from home. You've got financial advisors and travel consultants, people who work with individuals, so they're very much knowledge-based industries.

Then there are the creatives, those wonderful people. The writers, designers, artists, florists, and photographers. There's all sorts of different creatives. People who are caterers, or bakers starting up new businesses from their kitchen tables or their studios either attached to the back of their houses, or in what's commonly called a shed and office, which is known as a shoffice. We'll come back to shoffices in another episode, I'm sure.

And then there are the people-focused homepreneurs, the people who look after children. There are home-based employment agencies. Home sitters, pet sitters, and those wonderful Airbnb owners, and we've all stayed in an Airbnb from time to time I'm sure.

So there's plenty of opportunity to either turn what you did in your corporate life into a home-based business, or maybe turn your hand to something you've been passionate about over many years. I'll give you an example here. My father worked for his father for many years in a plastic recycling business, and it was a position that he did very well, but he didn't really enjoy. He, at heart, was and still is an artist. A thriving artist. He turned his passion of sculpting into a very successful business which he still runs today from his home at the tender age of 87. So, it shows that you can have a very long career if you run the right home-based business.

Of course, there are problems and challenges we all face. We all have to wear many hats when we don't have that IT department or that marketing department just down the corridor like we did when we worked for a great big company.

It's quite isolating, and I ran a survey a few months ago, which I'll come back to in a later episode and give you the results of what people said were their biggest challenges of working from home. The purpose of this podcast is really to give you some help, advice, and inspiration for overcoming those challenges.

This podcast is going to be a combination of solo episodes like this one, where it'll be just me talking, and also I'm going to invite some guests in so that you can learn from their experiences. We can hear their stories about how they've set up from home themselves.

If you'd like to get involved with the Homepreneur community, I have a group over on Facebook. Just go to your Facebook app or on your browser and type into the browser into the search box, Homepreneur Community, and I'm sure you'll find our group. Very easy to find. Please join. There are very few rules. Just join in the conversation and pose questions that you may have about your problems of working from home.

If you want to learn more about the homepreneur idea, then go over to the website, which is www.homepreneur.co. There you'll see the podcast tab and that will give you links to each of the individual episodes so you can dart about and listen to different ones that take your fancy. Each of the episodes is accompanied by what we call show notes, and that's details of any resources and links to other website which will give you more in depth information, particularly about the guests that we interview. We want you to be able to go across to their websites and find out more about their businesses.

The Homepreneur Show will be broadcast weekly and it will be broadcast on a Thursday. So make sure you bookmark it in your calendar to come back and listen to upcoming episodes.

In the next episode, we'll be looking at the results of the Homepreneur Survey.

If you'd like to get in touch, you can find me on Twitter @amanda_Brown. You can email me at amanda@homepreneur.co. Or you can find us, as I said before, on the Facebook group.

So I wish you a very happy day, and I look forward to talking to you soon.

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