WORK FROM HOME

One of the oft-cited complaints about the internet and smartphones is how they’ve obscured the line between the public and private spheres. A generation ago, the home was considered a refuge from the working world—at least for many men. While the boundary between our home and work lives has blurred, our ability to work from anywhere also has empowered us to be where we’d like.

Global Workplace Analytics, a prominent research organization, reports that telecommuting among non-self-employed Americans exploded 115 percent between 2005 and 2015. These days, 3.7 million Americans (2.8 percent of the workforce) telecommutes at least half the time. Furthermore, 20 to 25 percent of U.S. employees work remotely at some frequency, and 80 to 90 percent express a desire to work from home at least part-time. GWA projects that fully 50 percent of Americans hold jobs with the potential to work from home occasionally.

So what are the benefits of working remotely? In addition to reducing a worker’s carbon footprint (and traffic jams), it can increase productivity; reduce employee attrition; improve worker job satisfaction; decrease unscheduled absences; expand access to talent; and save employers money, among other evidence-based outcomes.

If your goal is to determine where you live rather than letting a workplace decide for you, check out these industry-specific WFH career guides and other resources.

Career Guides

Creativity and the Arts: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Whether at home in pajamas or basking in the sun beachside, professionals around the world are leveraging the power of the internet and communication technology to complete work outside of the office. According to Global Workplace Analytics (GWA), open-collar work—work where the person telecommuting is not self-employed—has more than doubled since 2005.

Nonprofits and Philanthropy: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

How can you take advantage of the telecommuting trend, yet still have a real and meaningful impact on the world? Here are five careers in philanthropy ripe for home-based workers.

Protecting the Environment: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Telecommuters can save more than just time and money. They can have a positive impact on the Earth, too. Read on to discover three ways remote workers can reduce their carbon footprint as well as ten remote jobs that can help protect the environment.

Healthcare: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

According to the Mayo Clinic, workers who telecommute generally experience higher morale, decreased stress, fewer absences from work, increased autonomy, and more happiness.

Education: A Guide to Work From Home Careers

Scientific evidence suggests that working from home increases our productivity; reduces worker attrition; and makes us happier, healthier people. Studies even link meaningful environmental benefits with telecommuting.

Resources

Best Apps and Tools for Digital Nomads

While other people might debate that third pair of shoes or a hardcover book, digital nomads are more likely to spend those final moments before takeoff optimizing their tech suite—calibrating it for the most power, least clutter, and lightest load.

The Environmental Impact of Telecommuters

Americans are increasingly interested in sustainability. The Arctic ice shelf is melting faster than expected—with some scientists predicting it could be gone by 2040—and unusual rain, heat, and temperature patterns are clear and present signs of the changing environment. Many of us can lessen our carbon footprint by working from home.

Ikigai: Finding Your Purpose While Working Remotely

Your ikigai is your motivation, your aspiration, your production, and your passion all in one. It is the reason you get out of bed in the morning and the reason you keep going year after year. To find your ikigai, you have to shift between looking abroad and looking within. Consider these four fundamental questions: What do I love? What am I good at? What can I get paid for? What does the world need?

How to Convince Your Employer to Let You Work from Home

In 2016, more than 43 percent of employees spent at least some time working from home. Thirty-one percent of those employees work from home four to five days per week. Compared to previous years, more bosses are allowing their employees the flexibility to spend at least some of their work time outside of the office.

Beyond Cafes and Libraries: Where to Work Remotely

Those in the virtual or telecommuting industry have the ability to work on-the-go, which also means being creative with and breaking free from their home-office, the overcrowded café, and silent libraries.