The current economic climate is creating worry for many business owners as well as employees who fear redundancies, yet some companies are successfully finding their way through the squeeze with the use of remote working and home working employment options.
Working from home significantly improves productivity, enabling businesses to be more competitive, and enhances work-life balance for staff, with added health and leisure benefits.
The recent emergence of 'virtual jobs' and 'virtual communities' is changing the way companies attract and retain skilled employees.
As recruitment costs and staffing overheads get tougher, forward thinking organisations across the UK are benefiting from outsourcing their office and creative functions as well as using home workers to trial new positions without the commitment of taking on full time employees.
The online recruitment connection service, Remote Employment, is dedicated to flexible jobs working from home, work from home jobs, and home based business and home based franchise opportunities.
There are no agency fees as they use the website to match freelancers and home workers to employers.
Smarter working practices revolutionises the way people work and leads to increased business productivity and competitiveness, reduced transport congestion and pollution, improved health, assist disadvantaged groups, and harmonise work and family commitments.
All round, flexible working options makes good business practice to both small and large companies.
One such company is Digital Unite, a web service that brings digital literacy to Britain's older people.
They work with a network of specialist home based Tutors who teach people in their own homes.
Their own staff of four, all working part time, also work from home between Andover, Woking, West Ealing and North West London and a server in Northhampton!
Their case study reflects an example of how small businesses working from home are still forging ahead in downtime.
Another great example of a company utilising skilled home workers is Cool Essential, the premier shopping portal.
The management at Cool Essential, working out of a small office in London with their technology based in India, were looking to expand on their partner base and originally had some difficulty in deciding to outsource their new s