A CNBC article published in May 2018 states 70% of the global workforce works remotely “… at least one day a week… and 53% work remotely at least half of the work week.” FlexJobs, founded by Sarah Sutton Fell, is a massive resource for flexible work options. They recently reported:
In more than half of the top U.S. metro areas, remote work exceeds public transportation as the commute option of choice. It has grown far faster than any other commute mode.
It only makes sense, we have the technology and desire to live a higher quality of life, personal and professional. Cutting a long commute is one of the many incentives to go remote.
The more you look the more you see the steady growth of remote workers, across the globe. The remote workforce includes professionals employed by companies offering remote work options and anyone from a freelancer to entrepreneur.
Work-life balance is at the top of the list
Flexibility is a priority. People want quality time with family and the ability to control their schedules. Why not have a healthy walk with your dog in the morning and a micro commute to your remote workspace? Working remotely reduces our carbon footprint and cuts the burden, cost and stress of a long grid-locked commute.
Have WiFi? That’s all most people need to get their job done. There’s Skype, Zoom, Slack, WhatsApp and plenty of resources for online training, support and communities connecting people to freelance opportunities around the world.
In 2020 it’s estimated freelancers will make up 40% of the workforce
That means the freelance community will grow by 15% in the next 5 years. Upwork and Freelancers Union published a survey called Freelancing in America 2017; results show “the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelance (by 2027).”
A recent survey of business leaders at the Global Leadership Summit in London found that 34% said more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be working remotely by 2020.”
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