In the Seattle area, and most other metropolitan cities, it seems the commuter traffic gets worse every day. Some of us are lucky enough to live on a bus line or have access to a train, but many people don’t have those options. Even carpools and vanpools are getting backed up. To make matters worse, housing is becoming so ridiculously expensive, many workers are choosing to find more affordable options further away from the city.

According to the US Census Bureau, if you commute more than 50 miles to work, or if it takes 90 minutes or more each way, you are in a group of “mega commuters.” The Seattle area was ranked third after San Francisco and San Jose for the fastest-growing mega-commuter metro area in the US.

In a 2015 census, the average one-way commute in Seattle was 30 minutes. Imagine how much time you could gain if you weren’t stuck in traffic for an hour every work day? If you work Monday through Friday, that’s 5 hours a week, or 260 hours a year, or 10.5 days. You could sleep an extra hour, spend more time with your family, exercise, or watch one more show.

More and more companies, like ours, recognize the hassle of commuting, not to mention the waste of time. By allowing employees to telecommute, companies can reduce employee stress, retain valuable hard workers, and generally improve the quality of life for a lot of people. You might even see an increase in productivity.

Like with most things nowadays, we are not tied to one location. Thanks to the power of the Internet and virtual systems, we can connect on professional levels at home or on the go with almost the same efficiency as being at the office. This month we will cover things you need to consider when setting up remote offices, so your business can keep running smoothly and efficiently.