Fasthosts Reveals Britons not Considering how Mobile Working can Help a New Business
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Fasthosts Reveals Britons not Considering how Mobile Working can Help a New Business PR Newswire GLOUCESTER, England, May 30, 2012 GLOUCESTER, England, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Fasthosts has revealed that the majority of Britons do not consider how technology could shape a work/life balance when considering whether or not to launch their own business. The survey of 1500 UK adults conducted by the web hosting company found that only 14 per cent would consider the impact of technology such as smartphones, notepads and Internet applications, before concluding whether or not to launch a business. Poor economic factors and fear of losing money remain the primary reasons for reluctance to start a new project. Fasthosts advises budding entrepreneurs to speak to technology providers from the very outset, as web-based tools and ecommerce can often enable far more flexible working than many realise. As the UK economy slowly returns to growth, Fasthosts 'Home Business Survey'* finds that there may be thousands of entrepreneurs currently 'sitting on the fence' over whether to launch their own business. The good news is that the vast majority of Britons (72 per cent) would consider or have considered having their own business project. However, the data suggests that a number may not take the plunge because they unaware of how much technology can help to design and manage their work.

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Fasthosts Reveals Britons not Considering
how Mobile Working can Help a New Business
PR Newswire
GLOUCESTER, England, May 30, 2012
GLOUCESTER, England
,
May 30, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Fasthosts has revealed that the majority of Britons do not consider how
technology could shape a work/life balance when considering whether or not to
launch their own business.
The survey of 1500 UK adults conducted by the web hosting company found
that only 14 per cent would consider the impact of technology such as
smartphones, notepads and Internet applications, before concluding whether or
not to launch a business. Poor economic factors and fear of losing money
remain the primary reasons for reluctance to start a new project. Fasthosts
advises budding entrepreneurs to speak to technology providers from the very
outset, as web-based tools and ecommerce can often enable far more flexible
working than many realise.
As the UK economy slowly returns to growth, Fasthosts 'Home Business
Survey'* finds that there may be thousands of entrepreneurs currently 'sitting
on the fence' over whether to launch their own business. The good news is that
the vast majority of Britons (72 per cent) would consider or have considered
having their own business project. However, the data suggests that a number
may not take the plunge because they unaware of how much technology can
help to design and manage their work.
When asked about the main factors for consideration in whether or not to
launch a business project, only 14 per cent would look into what impact
technology could make on their work patterns. This is despite 1 in 4 people
having doubts about their ability to cope with running a business effectively. In
scoping a business idea, the most popular groups to consult for strategic advice
are banks (35 per cent), potential clients (31 per cent), stock suppliers (27 per
cent) and then friends and family (25 per cent).
Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, commented: "It is
vital for anybody thinking of starting their own business to know what is
technologically possible from the very start. Selling goods and even services
online is often incorrectly regarded as beyond the reach of non-technical
people. Family responsibilities and financial aspects are always pressures that
need to be considered. However, the huge range of Internet-based tools
available for mobile working means that work patterns can be far more flexible
and mobile than ever before. It is vital that before deciding if a start-up project
is achievable, one looks carefully at what technology is available to help."
Of course, the decision to launch a business project should never be taken
lightly. The most common factors deterring people at this time are primarily
financial ones. The unattractive economic climate is most on people's minds
(36 per cent), as well as fear of losing capital (35 per cent), a lack of funding
(25 per cent) and shortfalls in business knowledge (18 per cent).
Over the coming months, Fasthosts' 'Work Better Online' campaign will provide
information and helpful tips on working practices, tools and technologies that
can help entrepreneurs to juggle a fledgling business alongside their lives.
Topics will include time management, workspace design, meetings, office
dynamics, productivity, communication, motivation and real life case studies
discussed.
Notes to Editors:
* 1558 UK adults surveyed by OpinionMatters via electronic feedback form
About Fasthosts
Fasthosts is a leading web hosting provider. Based in the UK and operating 24x7
from their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains
running smoothly and ensures over 42 million emails are delivered safely each
day. Services include registration of domain names, cloud hosting, business-
class email, virtual private servers, dedicated servers, software-as-a-service,
online back-up, secure online storage and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts'
maintains an award-winning, highly successful reseller channel. The company
has won the Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Partner Award 2011 and Microsoft's
Global Hosting Partner Award for 2011.
PR Contact:
Richard Stevenson
Fasthosts
Discovery House
154 Southgate Street
Gloucester
GL1 2EX
+44(0)1452-561-857
http://www.fasthosts.co.uk