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Emma Jones in the Weekly News

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The Weekly News, August 21, 2010.

“That money you married me for . . . well, you should have married my first wife!”

“5 to 9-ers” is a label coined by businesswoman and author Emma Jones, who found through her website, Enterprise Nation, that there’s a whole category

While Dolly moaned about the drudgery of commuting and ungrateful bosses, the 5 to 9 brigade are running small businesses that inspire their enthusiasm, and they answer only to themselves.

by John Barrett OLLY PARTON famously complained about working 9 to 5 in the song of the same name. Well, an ever-increasing number of us are working 5 to 9 — and loving every minute of it!

Business is booming for ‘5 to 9 brigade’
of entrepreneurs selling everything from bespoke shoelaces to rarebreed pigs via their home computer every evening — usually after getting home from the “day job”.
“It’s the reverse of the Dolly Parton song,” Emma told The Weekly News. “In fact, we’ve taken the liberty of re-working the lyrics for the book to illustrate what our 5 to 9-ers do. “It came about after one of my clients, the stationery firm Staples, commissioned us to do some research into modern working trends and, from contributions to my website, I could see that setting up a small business from home was a growing area. “I talked about it in a short 60-second slot on BBC Breakfast and, suddenly, hundreds of emails were pouring in from people with examples of their own businesses. “I decided to write the book to showcase some of those who’d already become 5 to 9-ers, and to give examples of businesses that people could potentially start.

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“You just don’t take the household bills seriously, do you, Hilda?” For more info, visit Emma’s website at www.enterprisenation.com

“It features 60 people, covering 50 different types of business. Most of them already have a full or part-time job, and their own little business is totally different from the work they do. “For example, we have a female estate agent, who wears a business suit and high heels during the day, then puts on her wellies and breeds rare pigs in the evenings. “She and her husband even entered one of the pigs into Britain’s Got Talent. It became known as the trampolining pig! “It didn’t win, but it generated great publicity for the business. The sausages they make are now sold in Michelinstarred restaurants. “Another of the 60 is a man who by day trains RAF jet pilots. By night, though, he sells shoelaces! He had the idea when he bought some extra-long laces while on holiday in the States and discovered

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that no-one in the UK supplied them. “Now, his house is filled with boxes of huge shoelaces, but he’s still training the pilots. “We have a female architect who knits in the evening and sends her goods to the top fashion boutiques in LA, a TV shopping channel producer who runs a lucrative website called Rock ’n’ Roll Bride and a lawyer who set up a site called leavinglaw.com because he wasn’t enjoying his job and wanted to get out — only to rediscover his love of law because of his evening work.” Emma added, “Many people have always fancied being their own boss, but fear might have stopped them in the past. Because of the ease of setting up an Internet business, you now have low risks and low costs. “If you stick with your normal job, you have the security of a safe salary and you get to be your own boss, doing something you’re really passionate about. “My advice would be to tell your employers what you’re doing. “We’ve found that in many cases, the new skills you learn in running a small business really help in many occupations.”

● Working 5 To 9: How To Start A Successful Business In Your Spare Time (£12.99, Harriman House) by Emma Jones. Weekly News readers can buy Working 5 To 9 for the special offer price of £10 including postage by visiting www.harrimanhouse.com/weeklynews or calling 01730 233 870 and quoting “Weekly News Offer”.

“She’s marrying into money — that’s torn-up £20 notes they’re using as confetti!”

It’s estimated that 12 million people in the UK now own shares and, despite many stock market prices plummeting in recent years, the value of those combined assets is still in excess of £200 billion.

STOCK market investors are being offered the opportunity to save lives — by donating shares to a rescue charity, writes Russell Stoddart.

SHARES INITIATIVE IS A LIFESAVER
now another alternative way to support us,” said Paul Gowland, director of fundraising at Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Donations via the Gift of Shares scheme will also be eligible for income tax relief and they’re exempt from Capital Gains Tax.

“After receiving the shares, we can keep them or sell them in accordance with our fundraising strategy,” added Paul. “There are many tax benefits to leaving a Gift of Shares to us, but we’d advise anyone who is considering doing so to consult with an accountant first.” Yorkshire Air Ambulance has carried over 2000 patients since the charity was launched in 2000, and requires £2.35 million per year to keep going. Perhaps its most famous patient was Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, who was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after a 300mph dragster crash near York in 2006. Those who wish to complete a Gift of Shares to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance can do so through contacting investment experts Rensburg Sheppards Investment Management, who sponsor the initiative, or you can contact the Yorkshire Air Ambulance by visiting info@yaa.org.uk

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“How many words a minute can I type? Big ones or small ones?”

With the recession meaning people generally have less disposable cash, Yorkshire Air Ambulance has been exploring new ways people can donate. It has launched a Gift of Shares initiative, having identified shares as a potential income stream that has been largely untapped. “A Gift of Shares is a relatively-new way of making a donation to the charity, and we’re working hard to try to make people aware that there is

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