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Remote Work Roundup

Here's a list of articles that caught our eye recently about remote work. Give them a read.

MORE STARTUPS ARE LAUNCHING WITH DISTRIBUTED WORKFORCE

Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report shows that 5% of the American labor force works remotely (nearly double the 3% in 2000), representing over 8 million Americans. Also, nearly 50% of the US workforce has spent at least some time working remotely. 

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THANKS TO REMOTE WORKING, I GOT MARRIED

The global workforce is changing. More employers are opening up to a remote workforce (aka “remoters” — I may have just made that term up), and more people are demanding flexibility to work from home. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all careers, you’ll still have positions that require physical presence (like manufacturing and healthcare — bless you wonderful people), but for many of us, we can do our jobs from anywhere with high-speed internet and cell reception.

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FREELACE INCUBATOR

Freelancers Incubator is aiming to change the way people become freelancers with the launch of the first global platform of its kind, where top freelancers share their experiences with those who are starting to work in this competitive market. FreelancersIncubator.com is a project of Net IT Ltd., a licensed training center in Bulgaria that trains thousands of students each year, often outpacing other institutions of higher learning in the Balkan country.

The reality is that for many people, starting out in freelancing is not the easiest of endeavors. The Net IT team behind FreelancersIncubator.com understands this universal issue, and that is why they are committed to helping individuals who want to start freelancing start and do so for free. There is no cost to join the live webinars. New topics are regularly being added, and current sessions range from "How to Freelance in Digital Marketing" to "Home-based Jobs," "Client Base: How to Search for Clients," "Tools to Grow Your Freelance Skills" and more.

VERMONT TO EXPAND REMOTE WORKER GRANTS

A signature program to lure young families to Vermont with financial incentives is expanding after support from lawmakers and the governor.

Vermont officials launched the Remote Worker Grant earlier this year. It allows people to use up to $10,000 to move to Vermont and continue working with their previous employer from their new home. 

So far the program has resulted in a total of 87 new Vermont residents, exceeding the state's expectations.

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TIPS TO BOOST TRUST WITHIN YOUR REMOTE WORKERS

Employers are increasingly offering remote work options as a differentiator to attract top talent in today’s competitive hiring market. And, with modern technology at their fingertips, employees have come to expect a seamless working experience whether they’re home, in the office, or on the road.

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OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS FOR REMOTE WORKERS

Working remotely is the new normal—and the increasing numbers of employees who work from home are, paradoxically, changing the nature of office design. As more and more companies recognize the value of allowing employees to work from home (the world becomes your talent pool, employees get better work-life balance, and it can even make workers more productive), more companies are operating offices that need to serve both in-person and remote workers.

The shift raises a question for companies: How do you design a space when a significant portion of your workforce uses it rarely or not at all? Fast Company spoke to three partly remote companies—project management software company Basecamp, enterprise software company Atlassian (which makes tools like Trello and Jira), and developer hosting service GitHub—to find out how they’ve designed their offices to accommodate everyone, regardless of where they’re working.

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