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The Changing Face of Home Business :: High Tech Startup


Did you know that almost half (49%) of the nation’s businesses are operated from home? And that nearly 19% of home businesses are in the technical/scientific/professional industry? That equates to 1,567,555 businesses (as of 2002, surely more now) - most of which conduct some portion of their business online.

Half of U.S. Businesses are Home Based

Home businesses used to be stereotyped as mom’s Tupperware parties - now, some of the most influential companies/sites on the internet are run from home, for example the powerhouse that is TechCrunch.

It’s statistics like these that keep me up at night, wondering how I can reach all of these people I would consider a ‘kindred spirit’. I want these people to continue to succeed, and I want to give them as many tools and help as I can to ensure that happens. But the reality of this picture is that I can’t do it all alone.

Launching the new channels on eMoms at Home was a move to start serving these entrepreneurs at a higher level. But I really wanted to also create content for an audience that would usually never consider visiting a site called “eMoms at Home” - the spare bedroom high tech startup. These entrepreneurs are brilliant, talented, and exciting to be around - and they are also the most prone to working 80+ hour weeks, burnout, and sometimes need a lot of inspiration to keep going.

Enter Chris Furmanski.

Chris and I became met a few months ago as I did some consulting work for his ultra-cool family-friendly tech startup, TotByMe (formerly known as CuVid). But as we got to talking about his business, we found ourselves frequently sidetracked as we talked about finding balance, parenting (he’s a PhD child psychologist, with some killer parenting tips), and building a company in an extremely challenging environment, both personally and professionally. And as I shared my own vision for the future of this site, Chris was just as excited as I am about helping moms and dads succeed as parents and as entrepreneurs.

We’ve wanted to do this for a long time, so I’m super-thrilled to announce that Chris will be writing a weekly column here on eMoms at Home, called Tech Talk Tuesdays. What will Chris be writing about? Well, I’ll let him tell you that. :D

Please help me give him a warm welcome!

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    On October 2nd, 2007 at 4:54 pm, chris said:

    Oh, yes, Wendy, delicious play on words with the title of this post, btw. Love it!

    On October 2nd, 2007 at 6:11 pm, Suzie Cheel said:

    What fascinating statistics. You are a real surprise, I never know when I come in here each day what new wonders I will find that will inspire me, learn a new a new skill, give me a topic to write about
    Welcome Chris, looking forward to reading you posts and no doubt as it is tech i will learn something new each week

    On October 3rd, 2007 at 2:19 pm, JoLynn Braley said:

    I am surprised by those stats, I never would have thought that almost 50% of businesses were run from the home. Very interesting, and also inspiring… it just shows that it’s definitely doable!

    On October 3rd, 2007 at 3:55 pm, Million$Dig - Free to Join said:

    Very good information. A snippet is posted at

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