According to this article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost a quarter of all people did some of their work at home in 2010. The site adds that this trend is set to explode in the coming decade. And why not? With broadband internet and other technological advances, working from home has never been easier. Here are a few technological advances that have allowed people to do their work from wherever they’d like.
High Speed Internet
Most people go through the hassle of commuting to an office only to spend their day online. More and more employers realize that work can be done at home. While slow internet speeds made certain work (such as graphic design and corresponding with clients) challenging, high speed internet coming into the home has made it so almost anything can be done online.
In fact, some people aren’t just doing “career work” online. They’re actually taking surveys from their home, freelance writing and generally making money however and wherever they please.
Work Flow Software
In the early days of the internet handling big projects was a real hassle. Even large scale projects with 50+ people working had to be done via email. Thankfully, the advent of work flow software has allowed large teams to handle large projects with ease. For example Basecamp is a software program used by millions of teams that allows them to collaborate like never before.
Advanced Freelance Websites
Freelancing has come a long way since old-school forums first burst onto the web in the mid 1990s. Sites like Elance, Odesk and Vworker have revolutionized how people do work around the glove. For example, you can now recruit, hire, collaborate and pay a worker safely and securely through one single website. This is an unappreciated step forward that has allowed thousands to escape their 9-5 and start working for themselves.
Woman Working From Home