ON-Lion Letter

“One in ten U.S. employees regularly works from home, and over half of all businesses in America are home-based.  Both trends are rising,” begins the lead article in the Spring 2014 issue of The Family in America journal by Ryan C. MacPherson, its senior editor.

 

“Although economic folklore may suggest that a significant number of home-based businesses fail within their first few years, people who operate their own businesses from home are in fact an efficient and profitable subculture, representing one of the fastest-growing sectors of the national economy,” MacPherson writes.

 

Sometimes called “homepreneurs,” he continues, these “people are becoming economically productive from the comfort of their own living rooms, with benefits that trickle down to others.

 

“Rather than balancing work and family as two distinct spheres, homepreneurship offers the opportunity to integrate work and family into an intergenerational endeavor that cultivates diligence, cooperation, and other virtues,” MacPherson believes.  “This long-term objective must, by necessity, be paired with a short-term objective:  paying the bills.”

 

In the piece, he suggests five specific policy recommendations to help homepreneurs -- among other things, generally including better, non-discriminatory federal and state tax treatment.

 

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports The Family in America.

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