I remember back in 1991, the word “telecommuting” was just coming into vogue. Do you know what “telecommuting” is? Well, it means staying at home and working, while using the Internet or some other means to stay connected to the office. Well, back in ’91, the time that I am remembering, telecommuting was primitive compared to today. I mean, today with Virtual Private Networking and other such technology you can practically fee like you are in your office, even if you are on the other side of the world.
Why is it that 1991 sticks in my mind? Well, that is when I first started telecommuting myself. At that time, I didn’t telecommute full time, but it didn’t take long before it was my normal way of working. After all, during those days I was writing, doing graphic design work and such, and working from home was a natural! Heck, my computer equipment at home was first rate, and I probably could get more done at home than any office anyway!
Today, of course, I am still working from home, and the things I am able to do have expanded widely. Also, I have been able to earn more money working from home today than I did back in ’91! These days, I run more than a dozen e-commerce websites, and lots of blogs from my home office. In addition to me working here at the house, I have a staff of workers who work here at my house too. Basically, it do work on the computer, and my employees take care of the physical tasks involved (and some of the computer work too). It works out great for me.
This is really the best situation work-wise that I can imagine. While I make most of my money from US clients, I sit here in the Philippines taking care of the work. I am able to hire workers at a much lower rate than it would cost in the States, and have a good life in a great place that I love. What could be better!
With the Internet and other technology like cellphones and such, the world has really opened up and allowed us to get our work done from anywhere in the world! How about you, do you telecommute, or somehow work from home yet? If not, do you plan to in the future?