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Fasthosts Reveals Britons not Considering how Mobile Working can Help a New Business

May 30, 2012

GLOUCESTER, England, May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Fasthosts has revealed that the majority of Britons do not consider how technology
could shape a work/life balance when considering whether or not to launch their own

The survey of 1500 UK adults conducted by the web hosting
[http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/web-hosting ] company found that only 14 per cent would
consider the impact of technology such as smartphones, notepads and Internet applications,
before concluding whether or not to launch a business. Poor economic factors and fear of
losing money remain the primary reasons for reluctance to start a new project. Fasthosts
advises budding entrepreneurs to speak to technology providers from the very outset, as
web-based tools and ecommerce can often enable far more flexible working than many

As the UK economy slowly returns to growth, Fasthosts ‘Home Business Survey’* finds
that there may be thousands of entrepreneurs currently ‘sitting on the fence’ over whether
to launch their own business. The good news is that the vast majority of Britons (72 per
cent) would consider or have considered having their own business project. However, the
data suggests that a number may not take the plunge because they unaware of how much
technology can help to design and manage their work.

When asked about the main factors for consideration in whether or not to launch a
business project, only 14 per cent would look into what impact technology could make on
their work patterns. This is despite 1 in 4 people having doubts about their ability to
cope with running a business effectively. In scoping a business idea, the most popular
groups to consult for strategic advice are banks (35 per cent), potential clients (31 per
cent), stock suppliers (27 per cent) and then friends and family (25 per cent).

Stephen Holford, Marketing Director, Fasthosts Internet Ltd, commented: “It is vital
for anybody thinking of starting their own business to know what is technologically
possible from the very start. Selling goods and even services online is often incorrectly
regarded as beyond the reach of non-technical people. Family responsibilities and
financial aspects are always pressures that need to be considered. However, the huge range
of Internet-based tools available for mobile working means that work patterns can be far
more flexible and mobile than ever before. It is vital that before deciding if a start-up
project is achievable, one looks carefully at what technology is available to help.”

Of course, the decision to launch a business project should never be taken lightly.
The most common factors deterring people at this time are primarily financial ones. The
unattractive economic climate is most on people’s minds (36 per cent), as well as fear of
losing capital (35 per cent), a lack of funding (25 per cent) and shortfalls in business
knowledge (18 per cent).

Over the coming months, Fasthosts’ ‘Work Better Online’ campaign will provide
information and helpful tips on working practices, tools and technologies that can help
entrepreneurs to juggle a fledgling business alongside their lives. Topics will include
time management, workspace design, meetings, office dynamics, productivity, communication,
motivation and real life case studies discussed.

Notes to Editors:

* 1558 UK adults surveyed by OpinionMatters via electronic feedback form

About Fasthosts

Fasthosts is a leading web hosting provider. Based in the UK and operating 24×7 from
their dedicated UK data centres, Fasthosts keeps over 1 million domains running smoothly
and ensures over 42 million emails are delivered safely each day. Services include
registration of domain names [http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/domain-names ], cloud hosting
[http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/virtual-servers/Cloud-hosting ], business-class email, virtual
private servers [http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/virtual-servers ], dedicated servers
[http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/dedicated-servers ], software-as-a-service, online back-up,
secure online storage and unlimited broadband. Fasthosts’ maintains an award-winning,
highly successful reseller channel. The company has won the Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud
Partner Award 2011 and Microsoft’s Global Hosting Partner Award for 2011.

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