Virtual Office Takeaways from the Web Worker Survey
Are you a web worker? If so, you’ll be interested in results from the Web Worker Survey 2010.
WebWorkerDaily, along with GigaOM Pro, conducted the survey of web workers, loosely defined as “anyone who works using the web” to discover some keen insights. I wish they had included the use of virtual offices in the study, but we’ll talk more about how these two worlds meet in just a minute. First, let’s look at the survey results.
One interesting finding was that most web workers are actually not freelancers. That busts a myth, indeed. Sixty-one percent of web workers are full-time employees. That said, nearly half (45%) are freelancers (which seems to suggest that some full-time employees are moonlighting).
The survey also explored coworking, and discovered it’s more popular in Europe than in the U.S. Still, about 30 percent of overall respondents are using some type of coworking set up. What’s more prevalent is the use of Skype. A whopping 90 percent of web workers are using this instant messaging and VoIP tool. Another 38 percent are using cloud-based office suites like Google Docs and Zoho.
Virtual Office Takeaways
Again, the survey didn’t look at the virtual office. But here’s some of my takeaways from the survey as it relates to virtual office space and virtual office technologies.
First, nearly half of web workers are freelancers, and, as I mentioned, it seems some of them may be moonlighting. A virtual office can be a smart solution for a full-time employee who’s doing on work on the side. A virtual office gives the moonlighting employee a special local or 800 number where clients can call without disturbing them during their 9-to-5 job. The virtual office also offers the moonlighter a prestigious business address. The moonlighter can also meet with the client in a conference room at the virtual office provider’s bricks-and-mortar campus. This way the employee keeps the freelance operations completely separate.
I also thought it was interesting that coworking is more popular in Europe. Again, the survey didn’t mention virtual offices but we all know that virtual offices are extremely popular in the U.S. I would bet virtual offices are still more popular in cities like Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Cleveland than are coworking facilities.
So far as Skype and Google Docs, virtual office technologies can compliment those offerings. Davinci Virtual, for example, offers an attractive rate on Cisco WebEx technologies to its virtual office customers. There’s also Live Web Chat services that can help moonlighting freelancers stay focused on their full-time job while someone else deals with their clients.