There was a time, many centuries back, when the home was our office for many of us. However, the factory system of work meant that workers had to go to the factory for work. The office was invented as a place for agglomerated ‘white collar’ work. The office had the facilities, the data and communication facilities – these made the office necessary as one could not furnish one’s home with these advantages. However, changing times have removed the technological barriers. Today, developments in computers, networking and communication devices, e-commerce and other concepts have enabled willing people to work successfully from home. The always connected world has meant that even where collaboration is required it may be provided from home, thanks to the advance communication media available.
Working from home has many advantages – it is a godsend for those that want to work alone; it cuts down on office-infrastructure costs; it dispenses with travel-time (commuting time); and it allows one to work any time. Working from home allows one to schedule one’s time better as well. In many cases, working from home raises productivity because of more available time, a better ambience, and the inspiration to work for oneself in one’s selected field.
The concept of Small Office/ Home Office came into prominence not many years back with the surprisingly fast rise of the internet. The internet was many things rolled into one – a medium of communication; a source of information and a place for research; a market place; a forum, and much else beside. The last decade has seen tremendous blossoming of the concept of SOHO wherein individual entrepreneurs are working in such diverse fields as designing, consultancy, programming, medicine, etc.
In this section of the directory, we provide links to many resources, from agencies providing business opportunities, to guides about this exciting and challenging field.