Asheville is reportedly becoming a mecca for telecommuters — those workers who labor away from their office connected by phone, fax, Internet, Blackberry and the like. With the enormous expansion of broadband in WNC, telecommuting is even feasible in other much smaller and secluded burgs in our region.
Telecommuters in Asheville and the surrounding area may work for companies or clients in Charlotte or other cities around the region, or even across the nation or across the globe.
Quality of life is one reason why telecommuters are moving here — and technology (especially the explosion of regional low-cost broadband) is what is making the phenomenon possible. And, thanks to wi-fi, telecommuters are even escaping their home offices for local establishments where they can alternately work and socialize, thus escaping the seclusion that plagues many remote workers.
For an upcoming special technology issue, Xpress will be looking at telecommuting and the technology behind it. So if you’re one of those lucky folks, tell us a little bit about your work and home life: the technology you use, why you came here, the work you do and for whom, the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting, your tips for would-be telecommuters, and whatever else strikes you as pertinent to the topic based on your experiences. Based on what you tell us, you may be contacted for more information, or your comments to this post may be used in our upcoming article, which comes out very soon (so don’t delay).
So get out of those pajamas, put on a fresh pot of coffee and speak up now.
— Hal L. Millard, staff writer