The government wants to make it even easier for entrepreneurs to start up businesses from home.
Today Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock announced a package of new measures for home-based businesses already contribute £300m to the British economy.
The West Suffolk MP said entrepreneurs working from home were a key element in the economic recovery.
Among the measures announced by the government today are:
- New laws to make it easier to run a business from a rented home.
- Updated guidance to make it clear that planning permission is not normally needed to run a business from your home.
- New business rates guidance that clarifies that, in the majority of circumstances, home-based businesses should not attract business rates.
Among those entrepreneurs firing the "economic engines" is Duncan Brown from Wollaston in Northamptonshire.
He has been producing gourmet sausages from home for the past four years and is a strong advocated of home-working.
When Julia Brown first started her business at home in Eye, Suffolk, she was selling her waterproof cushions to her friends.
Now she counts John Lewis among the companies she supplies.
Julia said working from home allowed her to keep a good balance between her business and family life.
One in 10 residential properties now houses a home business.
That equates to 2.9m people working from home and generates £300 billion to the British economy.