In 2013, Forbes published an article which revealed that a staggering 20% of Americans work from home. Consequently, if accurate, this means that approximately 30 million of us conduct business from outside the office.
It shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone then that co-working spaces have grown in popularity over the past ten years. Back then co-working spaces were seen as a trend that could only exist in west coast tech bubbles.
There is a growing trend in business of firms moving away from having a physical presence. Just about every start-up I see does so without an office. And many of these entrepreneurs are determined to continue to operate without one.
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While there are many potential advantages to telecommuting for your business’s employees, there are also many things you need to consider and work out before setting up any arrangements. These include both personal and technical considerations, and will go a long way toward determining whether telecommuting is a good option for your employees.
For some companies, telecommuting can be a beneficial option. In a telecommuting arrangement, you use telecommunications technology in place of the commute back and forth to the office. It usually involves working from home, although it might also mean using a satellite office.
The number of Americans working from home has jumped 41 percent since 1999. And as technology continues to evolve (mobile, social, collaboration), we can expect more growth in work-at-home jobs and telecommuting.
Hiring virtual employees isn’t all cheap labor and round-the-clock productivity—despite what popular books like “The 4-Hour Work Week” would have you believe. Doing your due diligence will help you plan appropriately so you can avoid some of the common pitfalls associated with taking on remote workers.
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