For most people working from home means a short climb up the stairs to a box-room office after breakfast. But for Warwickshire mother-of-two Sylvia John to get to the office would take a flight of more than 5,000 miles.
The 40-year-old entrepreneur, who lives in Furnace End, launched a business setting up African safaris to her native Zambia after struggling to find a full-time job that would fit in with looking after her family.
And she says her new company - Africa Bound Adventures - has helped her find the perfect work-life balance.
Mrs John came to the UK in 1995 to study for an MBA at Aston University, where she met her husband Gareth, and settled down in North Warwickshire.
She started Africa Bound Adventures after struggling to find a use for her skills at the same time as being a full-time mother.
And after a relative suggested working from home, she came up with the idea of organising the safari trips as a career.
"I really couldn't see myself taking in washing or addressing endless envelopes - but then my mind really started working, I considered all my skills and came up with the safari idea," she said.
And with help from her family, legal support from her husband and financial support from the local chamber of commerce, Mrs John was able to launch her ambitious plan.
She said: "I realised that despite being 'just a mum', I had a wealth of experience to make the venture work.
"Having made a success of my business, I strongly urge other women who want to be full-time mums to follow their self-employment dreams - regardless of qualifications and experience.
"It's easy as a full-time, non-working mum to lose your confidence as a result of a sort of mini 'institutionalisation' and isolation.
"But mixing with other business people at network groups combats such feelings, enabling you to remain positive and focused on your venture - and it's great fun too.
"Since there was already a market there for safari trips, I convinced myself that I could earn a slice of it - after all, unlike many people selling safaris, I offered personal experience of the country and had personal ties in Zambia that would enable me to keep a finger on the pulse of all that was going on out there."
Africa Bound Adventures offers safari activity holidays for all budgets, from back-packers through to the ultimate bespoke wedding package.
And Mrs John said working from home had helped her stay close to her children - who have joined her on some of her trips to Zambia to keep in touch with contacts.
She said: "I have the perfect work-life balance. I can always be there for my children whenever they need me - if the school calls saying they are ill, I can collect them straight away; I can attend their sports days and all other out-of-school activities."
And her daughters said they would love to follow in their mother's entrepreneurial footsteps.
Chanda, aged 10, said: "I think mum's job is great - it's really different and came out of nowhere. It's especially good during the school holidays, because we can all be together. When I'm older, I'd like to help mum - then we could spend even more time together."
And Musonda, aged eight, added: "It's great knowing that mum is always at home.
"I have other friends who have babysitters because their mum and dad work all the time and don't have much time for them."