Welcome to an entirely new set of blog posts; The A-Z of Virtual Working. One brand new article for each letter of the alphabet. I will be covering the trials, tribulations, facts, news and all the fun bits about working and running a business in the virtual workplace. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
To establish what is meant by the virtual workplace, let's have a look at the definition:
"A virtual workplace is a workplace that is not located in any one physical space. It is usually in a network of several workplaces technologically connected (via a private network or the Internet) without regard to geographic boundaries." Source wikipedia
It is estimated that by 2020, 50% of the US workforce will be made up of freelance workers - this includes virtual workers. As we know, any developing trends in the US soon make their way across to the UK. In fact the migration has started: although there are no official figures, the number of freelance and virtual workers is on the rise; and not always in the job markets that you might expect.
I have written previously about outsourcing (click here for the article) and the kind of work we already outsource without thinking about it; mainly because we don't have the required skill or, quite simply, the time to do certain jobs ourselves. Here are some examples:
Cleaning Car maintenance
But what about the more modern freelance market?
Web/graphic designers Admin/Virtual Assistance
Graphic designers Bloggers
Website maintenance Social Media
Research Data analysis
The list goes on. These are jobs that have been created in the freelance market due to our reliance on technology. As we become more and more dependent on computers and, as it becomes easier to download apps that make it possible to run our lives with tablets and mobile phones, so it follows that the job market in technology related skills will continue to grow.
My experience to date is that many UK businesses do not always grasp the concept of virtual working and, specifically, how it is possible to replace the traditional office job. So, my mission is to educate! Stick with me and you will learn more about the virtual workplace as I blog my way from A-Z. Look out for the first article "A is for…" - coming soon.