I am a great advocator for entrepreneurs operating from home because I know it offers the greatest potential for long term growth.  In fact, they contributed 19% of the entire business turnover in 2014 which is no small feat when the UK is coming out of a long term recession. Not only is it considered professional, running a home business offers great advantages when you are just starting out or growing your operation.  The most common benefits include lower overheads, no business rates; excessive rents and in some cases the chance to offset the cost against taxes.  If you don’t believe me, let me name a few iconic businesses that started from home – Dyson, Microsoft and Disney to name a few. Don’t under-estimate the power of starting small.  Once you sort out insurance, regulation and potentially permission from your landlord (if you are in rented, social or public housing) you are good to go. It is important to take into account that running a business from home means you have to be self-disciplined, focused and confident to work in isolation for long periods of time.