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TELECOMMUTING 101: Pros and Cons

Our interview with a Pinoy couple that works from home
by Neps Firmalan | Jan 31, 2012
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You can't make the Pinoy walk, unless it's in a mall. When you get down from the train station there's a jeepney stop, and then at the entrance to your neighborhood there's probably a long line of tricycles. Commuting is a big part of Pinoy life, it's just the horrible traffic and lack of personal space that makes it excruciating.

Enter telecommuting, where travel time is cut 100% and the distance that you need to cover to get to work is handled by technology. We mean fax machines---okay, maybe not fax machines, but computers and a reliable Internet connection.Telecommuting at the beach

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One in five workers worldwide telecommute, according to a recent Ipsos/Reuters poll, and these workers are usually in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. Ipsos observed that telecommuting is a trend favored in emerging markets and despite the Philippines being one, it was not included in the 24 countries surveyed.

However, that's not to say it doesn't exist here. Companies like Elance, RemoteStaff and all cater outsourcing to Pinoy talent although hiring isn't as quick and easy as instant coffee.

Dulce and Kenny Ansis are a young, married couple who have chosen to take the telecommuting path as opposed to braving an hour and a half commute from their home in Cavite to the busy office districts of Ortigas and Makati.  This decision came  as they recently welcomed a daughter to their family and are both unable to leave the little one at home.

They decided to apply as freelance contractors in an online outsourcing company called oDesk, where they handle a team with a little help from technology. For a look at their home office, see the gallery below.

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For more on telecommuting, see the next page.

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