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Kitchen Table Workers Generate £37.4 Billion

Home kitchens and dining areas have become the most lucrative money making locations in Britain, generating £37.4 billion towards the economy during lockdown.

And the pandemic has sparked a resurgence in entrepreneurial spirit, with more than a third of Brits saying they are now considering their own venture.

Research commissioned by London business Attic Self Storage reveals that, although restrictions are being lifted, 41% of office workers are expected to continue their jobs from home, with 44% saying it’s the most productive place they have ever worked. 

On the back of the trend towards ‘kitchen table talent’, more than a quarter of office workers surveyed said their leaders see no point in returning to costly office spaces.

The most productive places to work from home are the kitchen table/dining area, the living room, the bedroom, and the home study. However, many people have adapted less obvious spaces for work, from campervans to children’s bedrooms, balconies to bathrooms.

To create an office environment at home, a quarter of people say they are making their homes more multifunctional, 27% are decorating or converting, and 36% are decluttering, with more than half saying they would opt for putting goods into storage over upsizing their properties or office space.

There is also expected to be a resurgence of entrepreneurship, with 37% of people saying they are considering their own venture as a result of the pandemic.

Key reasons were wanting to be your own boss, location independence and spending more time with loved ones. Top industries which people wanted to start businesses in include technology and software, ecommerce, finance, arts & crafts, and property/construction.

On average, new entrepreneurs hope to make around £4,781 a month.

Frederic de Ryckman de Betz, founder and CEO of Attic Self Storage, said it was great to see Brits finding new ways of working to boost the economy. The survey polled 2,000 men and women across the UK in July.  

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