Work used to be so mechanical. You wake up at 5:00 am, prepare breakfast, pack lunch, take a quick shower then head out the door to what most certainly would be the morning rush hour. But as expected, technology found a way to shake things up. Work and lifestyle have become flexible. In fact, technology has merged them by creating the means to work anywhere in the world. Today, there are more and more companies that allow you to work remotely.
If you’ve freelanced before, then you know what it means to work remotely. You can wake up at 5:00 am, prepare breakfast, take a quick shower, go back for another cup of coffee then head out to your home office to start working. There is no morning rush hour to contend with. Unless you head downtown and have your morning brew at your favorite coffee shop.
And while you’re there, you can work too.
Remote work is similar to freelance work in that you get to choose where you work. The only difference is that with remote work, you work directly with a company and are part of its remote team.
Since 2014, more companies particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom have been integrating remote teams in their work force. Back then, remote workers or telecommuters comprised 10% to 15% of the work force.
Today it is estimated that 30% to 45% of most US companies are composed of telecommuters. A study by Virgin Media Business Report estimates that by 2020 more than 60% of the workforce will be telecommuters.
For these companies, remote work provides several advantages:
For the remote worker, you have greater job security and stability that comes with working with a team. Many of these companies do not require you to punch in and out at required hours, allowing more flexibility with your work times. All you need to do is to turn in your work at the required deadline.
Occasionally, you have to meet with the rest of the team which is great because you expand your network, learn on the job and potentially move yourself higher in the virtual hierarchy.
Companies embracing remote work-style do not localize their search for talent. They will scour the world for talent from Asia, Europe and other regions.
This way, they can take advantage of comparative cost advantages and economies of scale. Remote work is a consequence of becoming a global economy.
But where do you find job opportunities that allow you to work remotely? You can start your search in your own work environment: the Internet.
Here are the best online job search sites to find remote jobs:
There are other online sites that you can visit to search for the best career opportunities for remote work. The proliferation of these online sites is further proof that the business community has become truly global.
This trend is expected to continue well into the next 5 to 10 years. With globalization come the challenges of uncertainty, ambiguity and potential volatility. The approach is no longer to find fixed, mechanical solutions but adapt flexibility and mobility strategies into business development.
An increasing number of companies are acknowledging the power of digital technology and the influence of the Internet to bridge oceans and find the best talent in the world.