Gender differences in home-based business ownership

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Breen, John P (2010) Gender differences in home-based business ownership. Small enterprise research: the journal of SEEANZ, 17 (2). pp. 124-136. ISSN 1321-5906


Despite their economic importance, home-based businesses (HBB) are not well understood and are under researched. This is particularly true in the context of women-owned HBBs, which are often associated with hobby businesses and short-term life spans. To address the scarcity of research in this domain this paper presents the findings of a gender-comparative quantitative study of HBB characteristics. The results indicate that women-owned HBBs are a legitimate form of business with serious intentions. While the primary impetus for women is often about flexibility and work life balance and they work fewer hours, their attention to detail in preparation for their business is much more systematic. A number of implications for research and policy are presented

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Item type Article
DOI 10.5172/ser.17.2.124
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Accounting
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 2002 Cultural Studies
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID25099, home business, small business, gender, HBB, home-based businesses
Citations in Scopus 16 - View on Scopus
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