Telecommuting jobs are on the rise; in fact, the number of employees working from home in the United States alone increased 115% between 2005 and 2015, as the digital revolution brought handheld and cloud-based computing mainstream.
According to FlexJobs, more than nine million Americans work from home at least half of the time, and approximately 56% of U.S. workers hold jobs that could easily be transitioned to a remote based system. More than ever before, employees of all shapes, sizes, and skill sets are finding ways to click in to clock in.
It’s not hard to understand the appeal, of course. In addition to never having to defrost your car in the winter and having a pants-optional workplace dress code, full-time telecommuters can save more than $4,000 each year just by skipping the daily drive to the office, says FlexJobs.
Employers also benefit big time saving more than $11,000 per half-time remote employee annually. And with marketing and customer service efforts increasingly being taken online, establishing a virtual office can be a great tool for customer relationship management, too.