People seeking freelance off-site employment may actually be doing employers a favor-in the form of cold, hard cash.
Statistics compiled by Supportibles.com indicate hiring off-site employees is financially beneficial to companies. Using data compiled by the Occupational Outlook Handbook and the U.S. Department of Labor, Supportibles.com estimates annual savings of more than $10,000 for Data Processors, and savings of nearly $30,000 for Technical Writers. These numbers are based on employers not paying for benefits, payroll taxes, paid leave, equipment and supplies, or office space for their off-site employees.
According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, “Employers stand to benefit from the switch to long-distance offices. Prices of portable personal technology will have plummeted even as the cost of office space has skyrocketed, and it will be much cheaper to set up as a worker/consultant at home than on site. Corporations will go global: With proximity no longer an issue and video conferencing the norm, workers can be scattered across continents.”
Since remote workers perform most of their work outside of the office, they are able to have smaller or shared workstations at the company's primary office. Companies will also gain flexibility in choosing the location of their central office, possibly allowing them to locate in a less expensive area.
An article published by KLR Consulting Inc. confirms that the savings can be quite substantial. “Consider an organization of 200 employees with 10% of the employees working as mobile workers and 10% teleworking. The organization currently uses 40,000 square feet to accommodate its employees (200 workstations). [By sharing workstations] the organization could reduce its space by at least 4,600 square feet. At approximately $25 per square foot for annual operating costs this minor change saves $115,000 annually.”