Month: October 2014

The UK is home to some 4.2 million home workers – a 30% rise on the number who were working from home at the turn of the millennium – and the reasons why it’s taken off so much over the past decade are wide and varied.

The economic downturn has played a part – some people have had no option but to go it alone after being made redundant – as have rapid advances in technology and a more relaxed attitude to remote working.

Whatever the reason, working from home is on the up – so if you’re thinking of ditching the nine-to-five, you might want to consider a career in one of these five best-paid work from home jobs…

Work from home

Google often comes under fire for not doing enough to police the internet and stop people downloading music, movies and game illegally – but it has just announced changes to its algorithm to try and cut online piracy. 

Technology

Although it has offers many benefits – not least the total abandonment of the daily commute and not having to personally interact with any annoying colleagues – working from home can get lonely.

And while you can keep in touch with those colleagues you do like via conference call or video conference, it’s not quite the same as personal interaction.

So if you find yourself holding up the supermarket queue as you indulge the cashier in a (most likely unwanted) stop-and-chat, it’s probably time you did something about your work from home set-up.

Like get a pet, for instance…

Work from home

Yesterday we looked at hold music and whether or not you require a licence to play it.

Today we stumbled across some top pop music based on making a conference call and being stuck on hold. It could be metaphorical, it could be literal, but who cares when it sounds this good?

Want to hear it? Of course you do…

Conference calling

The new work from home legislation kicked in over the summer, meaning employers have to seriously consider any requests for remote working, and many employees who have requested flexible working will see decisions being made and, hopefully, processes put in place as their requests have been granted.

And if your business is going to offer remote working, you’ll have to make sure your equipment is up to scratch and employees can work just as well from home as they can from the office.

The trouble is, technology is advancing at a breakneck speed so it can be difficult to work out exactly what equipment will be needed – keeping employees in touch via teleconference is easy enough, but will you need additional hardware and software to enable employees to do their job while on the move?

To help answer this question, here are a few essential tools for businesses on the move…

Flexible working Work from home