Monday, April 6

Watching HGTV Tonight

A peculiar statistic was just mentioned on HGTV that made both Marilee and I do a double-take.1

The statistic in question said that half of all businesses in the United States are home-based. We both looked at each other incredulously, and figured someone at HGTV has got to be on drugs, and could we get our hands on some?

After all, we discussed, at least half of the people HGTV shows on House Hunters seems to have a home-based business, and they're doing quite well, thank you very much.

But that statistic made me do a quick Google search. And guess what? It's TRUE. Take a look:

Half of U.S. Businesses Are Home-Based - from the US Census' website!

Surely the stats are skewed somewhat, but not sure how.

The next question was a foregone conclusion: Why don't WE have a home-based business?

1 To say we were watching HGTV may be a bit of a misnomer. Neither of us can stand live television any more; even on the rare occasion we watch TV live, we're forever trying to fast forward through the commercials. So for me to say we were watching HGTV tonight when the peculiar statistic came on, the show was actually recorded days ago.

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