It seems as though society evolves in cycles. Let’s think back a century, would you wager that in 100 years, there to be more people self-employed and will work from home?
Or most people are practicing their own private/family trades; or working wholesale for the big corporations?
Surely, logic would convince us that the former is more likely true, as large and centralized enterprises only became prevalent in the early 20th century. But as the 20th century waned on, and the 21st century was ushered in, the resurrection of self-employment and furthermore, home-based and remote work, took societies by surprise with greater application and often a necessity.
Thus, our original claim: ‘societies evolve in cycles’. The obvious question to be asked is: ‘why was there a resurgence in the home and remote work at the peak of societal urbanization and corporate governance?’ The fundamental answer to this question is a simple one, whereas the implications and workings of this fundamental answer are far more nuanced.
It is the emergence of the internet and its pandemic application in all spheres of society that spurred the resurgence of remote employment. More specifically, the integration of web solutions into all aspects of business operations eventually made Work From Home an efficient and viable prospect once again. Working from home has benefits for the worker, the employer, and the society. The worker gains by avoiding commute every day, more flex time and ability to care for small children while working. The employers gain by not having to provide workspace, heat and other necessities plus workers which are happier and content. The society and environment gain by having less traffic on the roads and more fuel conversation and a better environment for all.
More and more people are creating a virtual office at home to bring most benefits of working in a traditional office to their homes.
Fostering this transition is a website we have recently discovered called Xplace, which connects people working from home with potential employers anywhere in the world and make working from home a relevant trade once more. These advances in collaborative web offerings have made remote work both cheaper and effective, and thus a much more viable means of work.
As global markets expand, more and more companies are eager to reach out to the potential pool of talent whenever they are in the world. The classic solution (the one that had been the norm up until the late 20th century) has been to invest in expansion through the development of headquarters in the targeted locales and reallocating employees (as well as hiring natives) to man these new business frontiers. Today, using web solutions like Xplace, employers have more capacity to seek native talent in emerging or other targeted markets and manage them remotely with increasing ease and efficiency. No doubt, more and more workers and employers will use freelance services to work from home.