The aim of this study was to explore how six men who run a micro-enterprise
with a maximum of 10 employees handle the balance between work and other
life. Qualitative approach with semi-structured interviews was conducted and the
sample consisted of six men with micro-enterprises of varying ages. The themes
used in the interviews were boundless work, roles, boundaries strategies and
demand / control - social support. The results showed that micro- entrepreneurs
do not experience any major imbalance between work and other life. The study
revealed that the division of roles in the home of the elderly respondents was of
the classical gender character that woman took great responsibility in the home.
Among the younger respondents the unpaid work at home was equal divided.
Social support was perceived highly by all respondents, and they also
experienced a high level of control over the requirements of the job. The
discussion touched aspect that differences in experiences depending on age are
and future research proposals was given.
Keywords: micro-entrepreneurs, boundless work, roles, boundaries strategies,
demand-control / social support.