SOHO - Small Office / Home Office
Short for small office/home office, a term that refers to the small or home office environment and the business culture that surrounds it. A SOHO is often thought of as being the smallest of small businesses. It is a privately owned and operated business or individuals who are self-employed. SOHO is often characterized as being a small in both the size of the office space and number of employees.
As a general guideline, a small office is considered to be any firm with fewer than 10 employees, although in more recent years, some research and marketing firms have taken to categorizing SOHO as a firm with 1-4 employees. Firms with 5 or more employees are considered different categories within the small business sector (e.g. 5-9, 10-19, and so on, up to 100 employees).
In some cases the workplace is designated space established within the business owner's residence ("home office") where they conduct their business tasks on a regular basis.
Today, the home office has become a popular choice for a work environment because Internet-based technologies allow individuals to work from home using email, Web, VoIP, and remote access software to communicate with global employers (see "teleteleworker"). A home office is a good choice for professionals who operate their own service-based small business (i.e., real estate, pet care, legal services) and for some Internet-based business including email marketing services, SEO consulting or ecommerce.
Other phrases used to mean small office / home office include virtual office and single location firm.
Recommended Reading: SOHO Business Solutions: Accounting and Finance Software.
From secure messaging to document editing, our top free must-have apps have been rated, reviewed and named the best free Android apps of 2015. Read More »The Five Generations of Computers
Learn about each of the five generations of computers and major technology developments that have led to the current devices that we use today. Read More »Cloud Computing Market Leaders, 2015
If not for AWS, Microsoft would dominate the cloud. The race to capture market share will grow ever more fierce in the years ahead. Here's a look... Read More »
From wacky alarm clocks to lecture hall tools and after class entertainment, these Android apps are a good fit for a student's life and budget. Read More »Network Fundamentals Study Guide
A network is a group of two or more computer systems or devices, linked together to share resources, exchange files and electronic communications.... Read More »Computer Architecture Study Guide
This Webopedia study guide describes the different parts of a computer system and their relations. Read More »
Stay up to date on the latest developments in Internet terminology with a free weekly newsletter from Webopedia. Join to subscribe now.
- Watch Datamation's editor James Maguire moderate roundtable discussions with tech experts from companies such as Accenture, Dell, Blue Jeans Network, Microsoft and more »