Why Work Remotely
Imagine the changes in people’s daily lives over the last 1000 years. Speaking in majorities, we were farmers until the industrial revolution then factory workers until globalization and now we are office workers. We have hit the information revolution yet we are stuck in the office phase. The majority of company structures, work environments and jobs are holding onto pre-internet revolution ways. There is a small but growing group of individuals who are pioneering the next work revolution.
Finding this site, you probably already have your own reasons for wanting to free yourself from the office, to manage your own time and location. Whether to spend more time with your family, travel the world, or you just hate your commute – working remotely is the answer and can facilitate the following.
Design your work around your life, not your life around your work.
Locational jobs hold you in place and limit your possibilities. With 10 vacation days a year and two days off a week, your travel freedom is limited and your ability to go far is restricted. When given access to time and space, your entire life will become yours to design.
You can be a full-time traveler or weekend / nighttime worker to ditch the crowds and explore your days. You can accomplish goals instead of commuting. You can maintain a healthy routine that allows time for your body and mind before opening your laptop.
The average American spends 216 hours commuting every year. That’s 9 straight days sitting in a car, subway or bus. That is your LIFE, a very limited resource!
For those susceptible to job automation.
According to The Future Of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs To Computerization?, your job has a pretty short lifespan before being taken over by a robot. Remember, as soon as a robot become a cheaper or better option that employing you, your job is gone. And robots are getting better and cheaper every year.
Thus, to avoid the growing pains of a changing economy; be proactive rather than reactive. If candle makers knew the changes light bulbs were going to bring, they could have become “lighting” companies instead. I bet at least one candlemaker said “Lightbulbs? Pshht, that would require every house to be wired. Good luck with that.” And before they knew it they were unemployed with an unwanted skill.
Generally, jobs that do not require critical thinking are the most susceptible to automation. However, the nature of a remote job often makes them safe from extinction because they require human decision making and critical thinking.
We are at the beginning of another inevitable adoption. When the dust settles, where will you stand?
Not sure? Here is a guide to identify where to go next. (Coming soon, a list of 50 possible remote jobs)
Change in Type of Work – Move to Service
In developed countries, the current economy is largely service based due to outsourced manufacturing. This is a huge plus for remote workers because the job field and environment are geared towards jobs that can be done from home or on the road.
Geek out alert:
Manufacturing and manual labor jobs are condensing day by day, robot by robot. It is estimated in the next 20 years up to 45% of U.S. jobs are vulnerable to automation. Self-driving cars and trucks to replace driver, 3-d printed houses to replace construction workers, automated coffee machines to replace baristas, etc.
This export of labor jobs is nothing new. Developed countries have long since lost their manufacturing sectors to cheap foreign labor. The difference is that some jobs must be done on location and were safe from outsourcing. That security only exists so long as we cannot figure out a way to do those jobs cheaply on location. And that time has come in the form of robotics.
Change in Nature of Work
The fact that work isn’t tied to to physical labor has coincided perfectly with the technology that makes communication a nonissue. A vast majority of people spend their entire day in an office on their computer, on the phone or in meetings. This makes working remotely the inevitable next step for many companies.
Once managers understand how relinquishing power and letting their workers move about independently they will soon realize that it often makes financial sense too. Employees are more productive and office’s can be downsized. Office space can cost up to $140 per square foot!
What that leaves us with is a time and opportunity ripe for working remotely. It is inevitable and it is happening all around you. Have you ever walked into a coffee shop at 2pm on a Tuesday to find all the table taken by people on their laptops and asked yourself what these people do for a living? They are part of a new wave and you can either ride it and be at the forefront or scramble to adopt to it in a few years.