The number of people starting their own business from a spare room or the garden shed has risen dramatically as the recession bites, reveals a research report – The 2009 Home Business Report released by Enterprise Nation and supported by BT – saw almost a third of a million people made the decision to go alone in the last 12 months, with 5,500 every week leaving behind commuting and the office for the chance to be their own boss.
A group of young technology entrepreneurs have joined together for charity to create the first Nude London Tech calendar features 24 tasteful portraits of London’s IT pioneers. The photos show the men and women posing with strategically-placed laptops or wrapped in computer cables.
A recently published survey claims that personal adversity is the most leading driving factor motivating the UK’s successful entrepreneurs.
Seven out of ten (69%) say they have been motivated by adversity including parental divorce, a car crash, cancer, and under- achieving at school. And the majority (56%) say determination is the most important characteristic for a successful entrepreneur, followed by passion (22%).
It’s tough to be an entrepreneur out there in this current market, tougher than I’ve ever seen it before. Small business owners with stellar ideas for start-up ventures and innovators with life-changing inventions are being left dangling over the precipice of despair, abandoned by institutions that previously might have funded them, and having to watch their dreams crumble.
“I guess I’m just lucky to have a job at the moment.”
This is a common response to the “how things are going at work?” question. With so many redundancies, many people feel grateful to still be in gainful employment and relieved that it’s their salary rather than savings that will feed the family for another month.
Are there three people in your relationship – you, your partner and your Blackberry? From the bedroom to the gym and even on the beaches of foreign shores, a Blackberry or iPhone is often never far from an entrepreneur’s side.
Apple has sold 21.17 million iPhones worldwide and last week RIM, the Canadian technology firm behind the BlackBerry, has unveiled a new mass-market version of its popular phone.
How different are entrepreneurs? Robbie Steinhouse, author of the book ‘Think like an entrepreneur’, believes that the entrepreneurial mindset is truly distinct. Entrepreneurs have a very specific attitude to things like risk, luck, convention and decision-making.
Schools may have finished last week, but more than 1 in ten Brits have chosen not to take a week of their annual leave this year because they are worried whether they will still have a job to return to, according to new research.
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