As freelance copywriter in Spanish, I can say that we are in the era, where internet is our number one source of knowledge and information, but it just doesn’t stop there. Nowadays, it has become a large marketplace (where micro and macro businesses put up an online catalogs and ordering system); an advertising and marketing channel (in a form of social media advertising and promotions, search engine optimization, etc.) and nowadays, to outsource employment.
Business outsourcing has come a long way. It started back in the early 2000 where various multimillion companies have set up regional offices such as call centers to provide them with workforce without the additional costs. This has brought them to bring their businesses into regions in India and South East Asia, where labor costs are cheap compared to employing staffs locally. This became possible with the technology of VoIP or voice over internet protocol. It allows telephony using the internet. In the case of other industries, it is as highly effective as with multimillion companies. On a financial standpoint, as a business owner, you have to set limitations in terms of budget.
This has brought others to engage with work at home jobs. This provides them the comfort and freedom compared to working in a regular office environment. Most common jobs in this type of setting are mostly within the skill set of the following: customer service, data entry, administrative support, software and websitedevelopment, and media and advertising in the form of e-commerce.
As an employer, what would be the advantage of hiring someone to work at home?
Let’s say that you run an office in a small town and you wanted to hire someone. Of course, you would want to hire someone who is just as effective and efficient as any other. But what are the chances of having such talent when you have limited choices for manpower potential. But the right person for the job is out there, it is only a matter of widening your options. Local government, of course, encourages hiring locally because it promotes economic progress within an area and I don’t have anything against that, and for some jobs is the best idea. But let’s continue with the idea that there are lot of jobs that just need someone who is willing to work and can deliver satisfactory results more than what you are expecting. What are the chances than the best person lives in your city? Open your mind, open your chances, look at the world.
Another advantage is that it saves you some office space. Work at home employees are also free from regular office distractions and save them the time to travel going to and from the office. It also promotes work/ life balance which is essential to anyone’s general well-being and health. How does it benefit an employer like me? Simply put it this way, the happier your staff, the more likely they are to perform better. Not only that, you will save a lot in operational costs and due to time zone difference, it means that your business is operating almost 24/7. Not only that, when you hire someone to work at home for you, there is no need to pay for additional labor costs such as health insurance and compensation. These are just some of the reasons why employers prefer to hire someone to work at home.
Do you have your own reasons? Please, share them !