Do you think that you are among the minority when it comes to working from home?

The way things are rapidly changing in the work landscape, you might just be doing something that others haven't experienced yet. In 2010, almost 3 million people reportedly tele-commuted most of the time. That accounted for more than 2% of the American workforce. That did not count those who were self-employed or were working for charities and at other non-paying jobs.

In 2011, the number of people who worked from their homes some of the time was 34 million. Those numbers are significant, making work from home one of the top areas of employment. It is always difficult to place an overall number on who works from home because many fall under the radar. The same research team that gave the numbers for 2011 predicts that by the year 2016 there will be 63 million people working from satellite home offices.

Most labor experts point to the down economy as the main reason for people working from home, but that may not prove to be true for present and future employees. As more people become acclimated to the home workforce, even a tremendous improvement in the economy might not take people back to the traditional office setting.

There is a very good chance that the future will not have as many workers driving to a factory, office, or other commercial building. What the economy spurred might just be the shape of how business is conducted for decades to come.

If you feel you are all alone when it comes to independent work, think again. Fuel prices are not going to drop significantly, if history remains true to form. If the economy improves, the oil companies can continue to escalate gas prices. That only makes it more conducive to driving less and putting more money back into your pocket.

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