A new home-based business is started every 12 seconds. That’s 38 million home-based businesses in the US and growing. The growth in work-from-home employment is brought to you by cheaper, faster broadband Internet connections. Broadband Internet has spawned the development of the tools necessary to make telecommuting possible, such as video conferencing, VoIP and instant messaging. As the more than 13.4 million people, or 9.5 percent of the workforce, who now work at home can attest there is a lot to love about working from home: lax dress code, furry co-workers, short commute and flexibility.
Rarely spoken about are the disadvantages to working at home as well: distractions, boundaries, and isolation. If you live alone, work from home and have a stocked fridge, days could fly by without human interaction. You may also find yourself carrying on full conversations with feline friends. One way telecommuters are fending off the cabin fever is by setting up office at their local coffee spot. Whereas in the past that may have meant going offline or paying a hefty fee to access a hotspot in exchange for some human interaction, no longer is that the case.
What some telecommuters may not know or realize is that some broadband Internet service providers have made hotspots available for free to customers who already subscribe to standard or higher home Internet service. Additionally, cable Internet providers have also banded together to grant their respective high-speed Internet customers access to each another’s WiFi networks. That’s over 100,000 wi-fi locations nationwide and growing made possible by collaborative efforts from providers such as Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cablevision, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications.
Wi-fi hotspots are not just beneficial to home-based workers, but to anyone also looking for ways to manage monthly data plans. Instead of worrying about maxing out on data, mobile phone or tablet users can also access the hotspots and keep on browsing, Facebooking, Instagramming and Tweeting.
It all begins with having the Internet connection at home though. While a growing number of people are utilizing mobile broadband to access the Internet, the vast majority of home-based employees and businesses would never dream of replacing wireline access for mobile only access. Why would they, when they can have best of both worlds thanks to ISP provided hotspots.