How work is organised and where it takes place has changed remarkably in recent decades. Home-based self-employment and businesses (HBBs) are an integral part of this change. The ERC WORKANDHOME project studies business owners and the self-employed who do not have traditional commercial premises; but locate their business in their home or use the home as the base for their business activities. To study business owners and self-employed in a meaningful way, we must also compare their work-patterns with those in more traditional employment types.

The WorkAndHome Survey is an extensive social study that aims to compare the working patterns and daily behaviour of business owners and self-employed who do not have traditional commercial premises, with those in more traditional employment roles. We hypothesise that if significant proportions of the workforce and business population are home-based, this will affect neighbourhoods and the urban structure in ways not captured by existing economic theory and urban models.

We know that percentages of the self-employed who usually work from home vary across the European Union and by gender. The UK is a remarkable case, because we have a much higher percentage of homeworking amongst self-employed women than men (STATS).

We are also interested in studying peoples’ feelings throughout their day. Specifically, we will be asking questions about happiness, stress, and enjoyment to help us understand how these feelings are associated with different times, spaces, activities, and contexts.