Work at Home: The Inception
Since the Internet was introduced in the 1960s, our civilization has never been the same. The way we conduct our day to day affairs have all been technologically driven, whether it be in commerce, telecommunications, data management and the World Wide Web. Geographical barriers have been overcome, that opened up the possibilities to work anywhere, like, at home.
Is it good or bad?
Every technological advancement comes with pros and cons. And it’s all up to the individual’s interest to decide about it by amplifying the pros and reducing the cons as much as possible. As we can see around us in this 21st century, we are harnessing the power of digitization, quick data transfers and streaming and, other internet-based technology.
Most importantly, the way we do our day jobs have changed. Some jobs have become redundant while some jobs that don’t exist before have now come into being. This has been true especially in the fields of telecommunications, marketing, advertising, publishing, education, banking, electronic businesses to name a few.
Behold, we are now exiting the Industrial Age and have entered the Information Age.
The Industrial Age: A Short Overview
During the Industrial Age, our economy is driven by the big industries that established factories and employed a myriad of workers. They all come together every working day to mass produce products such as cars, soaps, candles, computers, hardwares, papers, noodles, plywood, etc.
Somewhere along the path, we have also developed our education systems around these demands. We have produced careers and education programs tailored exactly to manage and expand the existing Industrial Age-based profit system. We have created executives, managers, office professionals and workers who are all expected to perform repetitive tasks and excellent outputs at least eight hours a day, each day, for a full time job, in exchange of a standard agreed pay.
This is a general overview, at a minimum, of the Industrial Age that most of us are likely conditioned to. Thanks to those who had their early awakenings. Those who perseveringly preached the word and introduced us to the Information Age and the opportunities that come with it.
The Information Age A.K.A. Computer Age, Digital Age
We are now living in this golden era we call The Information Age. Our economy thrives on the vast information available in digitized formats and accessible for whatever purpose we may have for them. This information helps us strategize the fulfillment of our goals. The more information we have, the better focus or targeting in our actions we can perform. Information is indeed power.
The Internet enabled people of different geographical locations to come together and be united in an idea and create a whole new world out of it. It allowed access, connection and interlinking to vast amounts of information accumulated and stored through databases. And so goes the epic continuity of collection of more information. Think of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon.com and many other commercial giants in search engines, social media and e-commerce sites.
It seems that market competition is now ranked based on the quality, uniqueness, good customer/user experience and creativity of the service provider or product creator relative to the price offer.
Time has quickly changed.
21st Century Business and Working Options Transformations
The Internet has eliminated several costs in businesses and even employment. Freelancing is now a must considered option. Solopreneurship came to existence. Remote jobs or telecommuting is offered as an alternative to office work. Virtual teams and networks have been possible in project fulfillment. And this is where it all began. Why we do work at home jobs, home businesses and location-free businesses.
Our Privilege is Our Responsibility
It is a big privilege to our generation to be able to do our preferred income generating activities and still be given the power to decide our locations. Let us use this gift with the right discretions and the will to contribute good to others, both in the virtual world and the real one.
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