With 70 percent of all employees worldwide working from home at least once pet week and 18 percent holding down full-time remote jobs, it’s clear remote work is becoming the norm for a large segment of the population. Some cities offer better opportunities than others, and according to Realtor.com, Atlanta is one of the best places you can go if you want to break free from the daily grind.
According to Realtor.com’s top 10 list of cities for freelancers and telecommuters, Atlanta ranks fifth in the U.S. behind Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Top cities were chosen by evaluating several factors to determine how “affordable, fun” and “friendly” they are for people who work from home, including:
• Housing and one-bedroom rental prices
• State and local taxes
• Cost of broadband internet
• Cost of healthcare for freelancers without benefits
• Number of local coffee shops with Wi-Fi connections
• Number of nearby gyms
• How “walkable” the area is, as ranked by WalkScore.com
These factors represent some of the major concerns for today’s remote workers and can have a significant impact on how comfortably you can live when working from home.
About 6.4 percent of the workforce in Atlanta is remote, and the city has the highest number of job seekers looking for remote roles. While some of them may simply want avoid getting stuck in metro-area traffic every day, others are likely seeking the benefits the city offers its freelancers and telecommuters, such as an affordable cost of living, unique local eateries and distinctive entertainment venues.
Freelancers can join Atlanta’s Freelance Forum to connect with others and find numerous opportunities to network, collaborate and improve skills. By making it easier to get jobs and engage in mutually beneficial collaborations, this organization can help its members overcome some of the biggest challenges of freelance work, including the tendency to feel isolated or disconnected from the professional world.
Working remotely at least once a month makes you 24 percent more likely to be happy and productive and can reduce stress levels by as much as 82 percent, so why not consider making the switch? There are plenty of local companies with positions for people seeking flexible opportunities in and around the metro Atlanta area.
CEO Centers FLEX is a modern, collaborative workspace in Duluth, Georgia curated around a community of entrepreneurs and creative early-stage companies. We offer a variety of coworking spaces – from hot desks to private, executive offices – all at an affordable price.
If you are looking for a coworking space, contact CEO Centers FLEX. We offer several membership levels that all include high-speed internet, access to the kitchen and lounge with a free coffee and tea bar, use of our business center and concierge services. Contact us today to learn more about the FLEX community.