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We all know more of us are opting to work from home and too, more managers are discovering the benefits. Many careers have evolved to the point that they can be done from virtually anywhere. And, if you’re of the millions of Americans who are earning a living in your sweats in a home office, you know the isolation that you can sometimes feel. Still, says A. Harrison Barnes, career coach and founder of Hound.com, you don’t have to become a hermit. In fact, one recent CNN story reports of a new trend called “co-working”. Basically, a group of people come together once a week, or sometimes once a month, and brainstorm in an effort to find better or more creative solutions for any number of problems relating to their career avenues. It usually happens in a public area, such as coffee houses or restaurants. Home based workers, whether their careers are in writing code for computer programs or perhaps a group of virtual assistants, are able to discuss different problems they may be having and different solutions that have worked for others.

And, according to the Hound.com founder, this new trend is really taking off. “Because so many employers are discovering telecommuting as a viable business option, they’re allowing more of their employees to work from home”. These new “co-working” sessions are proving quite beneficial for those who participate. Many have families, but there are many who don’t have the same familial ties that others do. These are the ones who typically live alone and spend most of their time working. That said, says A. Harrison Barnes, it’s important to realize these folks are the ones who thrive best in these positions. And, as it happens, they’re usually most successful in a telecommuting or solo position.

Another explanation for this new trend has to do with what’s called “single person businesses”, which have grown to include nearly four million over the past decade. Some say these are the epitome of a small business while others prefer the term “freelancer”. Either way, and whether one telecommutes for a large company or strikes out on his own, taking a step back from your comfort zone is sometimes all it takes for inspiration to set in. This is where co-working is especially beneficial, not to mention that ever-important human interaction.

So does this mean we’re all going to be telecommuting in the near future? Not likely, says Barnes. While there is a growing trend, not all jobs meet the criteria. For instance, those in a company’s finance department won’t likely be enjoying the benefits of working from home for obvious reasons. And too, there are many who wouldn’t likely be happy staying so removed from the daily hustle and bustle of their offices, naturally, they won’t likely thrive from the confines of their homes.

Finally, Barnes points out that job seekers won’t likely discover a lot of positions that allow telecommuting from the beginning. Usually, people have already established themselves and built a level of trust and loyalty between their employers and themselves.

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