Teleworking in the 21st Century

Teleworking in the 21st Century


In the past, it was impossible to make a large business network that exists today for one simple reason: communication methods and technology were insufficiently developed. On the other hand, today, you can make a cost-free video call to a person on the opposite side of the world or host a real-time conference call between as many parties as you like. Needless to say, all these improvements were possible through technology. This has brought about numerous business opportunities to entrepreneurs and individuals alike. With this in mind, let’s see what teleworking looks like in the early 21st century.

Smartphone Revolution

When the notion of teleworking first came to life, one had to invest some resources in order to properly equip for it. Today, all you need in order to get into the teleworking game is to own a smartphone. According to Google, since early 2015, there is officially more searches through mobile devices than through desktops or laptops. The reason for this is quite simple – modern smartphones are capable of doing almost everything a modern computer can.

This being said, with a 4G connection and the right set of apps, you can easily transform your phone into an office. Seeing how a lot of people these days conduct their business on the run, it is quite handy to have everything you need in your pocket. Both e-mailing and instant messaging are possible through several platforms, which has opened the world of teleworking to virtually everyone.

Cloud Technology

Another thing that has given teleworking a major boost is the existence of cloud technology. In the past, you had to rely on your data in physical form if you were to do anything. Even when this meant carrying a 1 TB portable HDD, it still gave you one more thing to keep in mind. Luckily, with cloud computing you can just have all of your work saved in virtual environment. According to experts behind, people with fast enough internet connections can barely tell the difference between what’s on their cloud and what is on their internal HDD anymore. Needless to say, this is something that completely revolutionized present day teleworking.

Teleworking Stats

The number of people working from home gets bigger with each passing day. Namely, this year alone it is reported that more than 45 percent of people in the United States have this kind of employment (at least as a part-time). However, the number of people teleworking is not the only thing that has undergone a significant increase. According to some surveys, people who are teleworking on average clock in at least four more hours a week than their onsite colleagues. Simplest explanation of this phenomenon would be that they use the extra time they get from not commuting in order to earn more. Needless to say, this works both to their benefit and that of their employer.

Taking Things Seriously

A lot of people live with a misconception that teleworking means sitting on your couch, occasionally playing with your computer and getting a fat paycheck every month. With more and more people looking into this kind of employment, the average view of this type of employment changes drastically, and people are starting to take it seriously. Aware, that it’s impossible to maintain the required focus in your underwear sitting in the living room, they either start making an office in their home or start looking for a shared workspace. Luckily, in 2016 your options are quite numerous.


The ever-growing number of industry-specific apps and incredibly fast internet connections have created an entirely new ecosystem of teleworking. According to most estimates, this particular method of doing business is going to become a leading force in the world of tomorrow. This notion alone is something worth having in mind.

Dan Radak is a marketing professional with ten years of experience. He is currently working with a number of companies in the field of digital marketing, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites and regular contributor to Technivorz.


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