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Top US Remote Work Hubs and Jobs That Champion the Home Office Trend

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Working remotely, whether full time or part time, has become exponentially more popular in the US over the past few years. The classic office space is losing ground to the home office or to other, more flexible arrangements, such as coworking spaces. Currently, 12% of America’s workforce, which translates to approximately 18M employees (about the population of New York), are in such a position.

Remote work comes with many perks, from small things like skipping the daily commute and enjoying a healthy lunch in your own kitchen every day to more glamourous ones, like, for example, the freedom to travel the country – or world – without taking time off work.

But which sectors of the economy, and which cities, provide the best access to a remote work-friendly environment?

Over a quarter of the information-related jobs are done remotely

It goes without saying that not all jobs can be done remotely, so there will always be employees that have no choice but to commute to their workplace each day. On the other hand, certain professions allow for a lot more flexibility, and information-related jobs top the list, with a little over a quarter (26%) of the Americans working in this sector of the economy being able to do so remotely. Information jobs encompass not only tech workers, but also telecommunication and media publishing.

The second-best type of jobs for people who are interested in working from home (or from another place that’s not a classic office) include professional, scientific and management sectors, ranging from lawyers and architects to researchers and various managerial positions. A hefty 25% of the employees in such positions are able to skip the dreaded morning commute most days.

Realtors and those working in insurance or finance are privileged on the remote work front as well, as 24% of all the employees in these sectors manage to complete their daily tasks from the comfort of their own homes. Interestingly, being a public employee also grants a decent amount of flexibility in terms of location, with about 11% of the public administration jobs being remote.

Bellevue, WA, and Frisco, TX, make the country’s best WFH locations

As some professions are better suited to be done remotely, some cities are just better equipped for the remote work trend. We looked at all the US cities with a population of over 50,000 to pinpoint the ones where a significant share of the residents jumped on the WFH bandwagon – and we noticed some common factors among them. These cities usually provide access to plenty of jobs in industries such as those listed above, but they also boast good tech infrastructure. After all, one cant’s really work from home efficiently if the Internet is lagging.

Another interesting tidbit is that most of the country’s best WFH cities are on the smaller side but are in metro areas with booming economies. In other words, those working from home appreciate a quieter, peaceful lifestyle. At the same time, they prefer to remain in the proximity of bustling city centers that, on one hand, have the appeal to attract investments and generate jobs and prosperity, and, on the other hand, provide access to a myriad of amenities and entertainment options.

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Bellevue, WA, and Frisco, TX, check all these boxes and manage to be the US cities with the highest share of remote workers, with about 30% of the employees in each successfully completing their daily tasks from their home office. Nestled in the Seattle metro area, which is home to major tech companies including the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Snap Inc., many of the Bellevue residents have their choice when it comes to finding jobs easily done from home. The same can be said about employees living in Frisco, TX. The Dallas-Fort Worth multiplex, of which the city is a part, is bustling with jobs not only in the tech sector, but in real estate as well. The Dallas metro area is one of the country’s most active real estate markets, which means that realtor jobs, another type of jobs where being in the office daily is not that important, are abundant.

Cary, NC, ranks third, with about 28% of its employees working remotely. Located in the dynamic Research Triangle of North Carolina, home to numerous universities and research institutes, Cary is a hotbed of scientific and research-oriented jobs. And, while for some of those employees being physically in a lab is mandatory, others can easily do their work remotely. Other cities where a significant proportion of the workforce do their jobs remotely include Berkeley, CA, Fremont, CA, and Boulder, CO.

How to deal with the hurdles of working remotely

Working from home is not without its challenges. There’s much debate about the psychological impact or working fully remote, and social isolation and feelings of loneliness are some of the downsides of this new economic and social trend. However, much can be done to improve this by taking some simple measures, such as using coworking spaces at times, commuting to the office occasionally, or trying to participate in other social activities regularly.

The hurdles of working from home also extend to the very concrete issue of space. Fitting an office into our already crammed homes is not the easiest thing. Organization is key and, when there is simply not enough space, there is self storage. The service stepped up to respond to this growing need to create more room to breathe at home when our quarters need to fulfill more than one role. Renting self storage is largely affordable, especially when you go for personal storage in small units. It’s a very simple and easily accessible way to free up space at home, allowing you to set up a proper workspace that ensures both productivity and comfort.

The shift toward remote work was sudden, but it seems to be mostly irreversible now – and its advantages include things like the work-life balance, better control of expenses, better time management, as well as benefits for the environment.

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