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There is nothing 'remote' or 'virtual' about at-home workers


Back in 2007, during a weekly check-in, my wife’s manager delivered some unexpected good news: “You don’t have to be in the office to do this job,” she said. “You could work from wherever you want.”

A fast six months later, we left hot, crowded Austin, Texas, and moved into an apartment on Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine, with a commanding view of Casco Bay only steps away.

My wife managed a geographically dispersed web services team, and I worked as a researcher at a think tank in Washington. The separate rooms where we worked seemed like extensions of offices elsewhere, not places in our house. I had to laugh when I overheard our new downstairs neighbors refer to us as trust funders because they never saw us leave the house to go to work.


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