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Work flexibility and the lure of being your own boss has boosted the entrepreneural spirit of a growing number of mothers, with many planning to set up their own business next year, a study has shown.

Telecoms giant BT questioned 1,200 women and found 15% had founded their own companies since starting a family, with one in 10 planning to join the ranks of self-employed “mumpreneurs”.

Reasons for going it alone included the ability to choose suitable working hours and achieve a work/life balance. But BT said online social networks had created more business opportunities for mothers to run a company from their lounge, kitchen or bedroom…read on

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