A new study from Freelancer.co.uk has revealed almost tho thirds of UK small businesses only employ one person. Companies of this type have doubled in number between 2000 and 2012.
Almost three quarters (72%) of respondents to the survey said they are more confident of keeping staff costs to a minimum as they are able to employ people as and when they are needed.
Many are taking on people for short-term work, with 41% saying they are able to do so because of the growing availability of remote workers available on the internet.
Bill Little, European director of Freelancer.co.uk, said “Many of these business owners are part-time workers themselves, setting up their business with the security of having a steady income, and then only going it alone when they are sure the business will be successful. They are able to hire staff as and when they need, giving them the flexibility to control costs and ultimately succeed.”