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Home working GOODBYE OFFICE, HELLO SHED

The Podmakers’ Escape Pod can be used as a place to work, meditate, sleep or socialise. Made entirely from wood, it can be rotated to face in any direction and can be kitted out with heating, electrics and insulation.

www.podmakers.co.uk

Since lockdown, many of us will have swapped a city centre office for the garden shed. Yet, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, shed-working was a popular option for many thousands of entrepreneurs.

According to research by Starling Bank, last year as many as 104,000 micro businesses and sole traders ran their businesses solely from a garden shed (including garages and outbuildings), contributing £17 billion to the UK economy.

Its study found that the average shed worker spends £3,343 on a garden workspace, but saves £8,738 a year on rent, commuting costs, food expenses and other overheads.

Shed workers also enjoy a better worklife balance than office workers (76% vs. 65%) and are four times less likely to be stressed (7% vs. 28%).

Almost one in five shed workers (17%) host client or customer meetings in their shed, 13% use them for staff catch-ups and one in ten (10%) uses them as a venue for new business pitches and meeting.

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