According to one recent survey, the number of jobs available for remote workers is set to increase significantly over the next several years.

The report from oDesk found that more than half – 58 percent – of the 2,839 businesses surveyed said that they planned to double the amount spent on online workers in 2013. Additionally, almost all – 95 percent – of respondents said that acquiring workers with the proper skills would be more important than geography when it came to hiring.

"Businesses that have tried hiring and managing workers online are voting with their wallets for the workplace of the future, in which blended teams of on-premise and online workers come together to get results," said oDesk CEO Gary Swart. "This study highlights how important it is for companies to find the best talent, regardless of geography."

Many people are already conducting at least some business operations remotely. According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, cited by CIO Magazine, 24 percent of employed people in the United States currently conduct at least some work from their homes.

Content provided by executive search organization, MRINetwork

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