According to some studies, half of the population will be working remotely by 2020. This is in stark contrast to the situation a couple of decades ago, where pretty much every worker in the land was fixed to the infamous 9-5 hours, or they worked unsociable shifts.
Of course, a lot of these workers are attached to larger organizations, who are simply becoming a little more flexible in the way that they offer hours to their employees.
As an aside to this, there’s another type of remote worker. This comes in the form of the self-employed worker, or the freelancer if you are otherwise inclined. The number of people taking such a route on is increasing by the year and through the course of today’s post, we will take a look at why remote working has become a bubble that is showing absolutely no signs of popping.
The power of the app
In truth, it’s not just apps which have transformed the remote working marketplace, but the internet in general. Websites and apps have become more powerful and it’s meant that rather than purchasing specific (and expensive) software to complete every task, most things can be done by the touch of a button.
For example, rolling back the clock a number of years, expensive accounting software was needed in order to prepare invoices. Now, through companies like Pay Anywhere, this has changed and remote workers can quickly prepare invoices through their mobile phone.
Suffice to say, these developments don’t just relate to accounting, but pretty much every type of administration service you need to run your business.
We all live on the cloud
The cloud is one of the most interesting developments of the last few years. It might seem relatively new, but in actual fact it’s been around since the beginning of time. Put simply, it’s merely uploading files to a server.
The big difference is of course that these servers are more user friendly than ever before and can ultimately be accessed by anyone. For the remote worker, this is key.
It doesn’t matter whether you are dealing with a client in the next block, or if they are based on the other side of the world. Everyone can access the same files and for remote workers, this means that you don’t have to share them face-to-face.
The fall of face-to-face meetings
On the subject of face-to-face sharing, this is something that is slowly on the way out. Will it ever be completely eradicated from our lives? Probably not. There will still be occasions, in some sectors at least, where nothing will beat a traditional meeting.
On the whole, they are largely unnecessary though. Thanks to cloud sharing, and the fact that video conferencing and screen sharing is well and truly accessible to the masses, it means that there really isn’t a need to meet client’s face-to-face. Sure, some might prefer it during those initial stages in a bid to seal a deal, but following on from this little face-to-face contact is required in the modern day, remote working world.