3 New Trends in the Way People Work From Home


3 New Trends in the Way People Work From Home

About 3 percent of the U.S. workforce worked from home at least half the time in 2015, CNN reports. That's almost 4 million people, up from 1.8 million in 2005. With the perks of working from home capturing the interest of more and more Americans, women, in particular, are jumping on board. Here are three new trends changing the way people work from home.

Training and Education

Spending work hours outside the office promotes a healthier balance between work and life. Additionally, when telecommuting full-time, employees have saved as much as $4,000 a year and gained 11 days annually by not needing to go into the office. Likewise, employers can save up to $11,000 a year by allowing a single employee to work from home half of the time.
Benefits like these, plus the luxury of staying home with family, are drawing more women into the working-from-home world. Those looking to make the switch from commuting to telecommuting but don't know where to begin are looking to educational and training programs to gain an understanding and an edge. Joining a company like Amway, which offers intensive education courses that include tips, how-to guides and insightful methodology that teach entrepreneurial students how to complete tasks more efficiently and faster. These programs teach individuals how to think like a leader and can help newbies become more successful in their endeavors.

Tools Designed for At-home Work

Sometimes called "nomadic workers," these individuals have struggled with not having the appropriate tools to acclimate to an office-less work environment. But that is changing. Development of programs that allow for integration of a users most-used apps is underway through companies such as Zapier. Use of such programs mean that tedious tasks spread throughout multiple apps or programs can be unified, saving users time and energy.
Communication has also been a challenge in the past for remote workers. Not being "in-house" means not attending work meetings or an inability to directly communicate with co-workers. However, online tools like Github connect the at-home employee to their colleagues in real-time, allowing seamless collaboration and interaction between them.

Cohabitation Work Spaces and Sites

For other women, the appeal of working remotely is not the option of staying at home but the option of traveling around. Some individuals find it difficult to be productive at home, or maybe they just prefer working around people but not directly with them. For these employees, the practice of shared workplaces, or "co-working" is an emerging trend.
Some locations are dedicated solely to this concept and charge a weekly or daily pass to the inclusive workroom. Other public domains are free of charge, like coffee houses and cafes, where a mix of people converge with laptops in tow. For those who wish to meet others in the nomadic working field, these co-working spaces make it easy to work among like-minded people in the same field. To find these spaces, there are websites like Workfrom that will pinpoint co-working locations near you.

For those independent spirits who would prefer to work from home to be near family, or the adventurous one who can't be tied down to a fixed office, the wide world of nomadic work awaits. With the right training, the right tools and the right habitats, that 3 percent of non-traditional workers are quickly becoming the norm.


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