According to a recent article by Hispanic Business magazine, the practice of homeshoring -- hiring people who work from home -- is skyrocketing. The magazine estimates that there are about 150,000 home-based "agents" working for companies in the U.S. today, a number that could reach 300,000 in 2010.
If you're considering outsourcing solutions, homeshoring offers some advantages. Your providers are working in similar time zones, which may make it easier to communicate. Additionally, according to Business Week, employees who work from home may be more loyal than on-site employees.
To read more, here are some articles we've selected you may want to peruse:
1. Fortune: Commute to work in 30 seconds
2. Management Issues: Homeshoring is where the heart is
3. Seattle Post Intelligencer: 'Homeshoring' means that call center might be in someone's bedroom
4. Small Business Trends: Homeshoring and its impact on small businesses
5. HR and Homeshoring Blog
6. Outsourcing Times: Offshoring vs. Homeshoring
7. IT Business Edge: Homeshoring helps companies improve customer service
8. Arbor Law Blog: Is Homeshoring the new offshoring?
9. Christian Science Monitor: Outsourcing comes home
10. CNN - How to earn more from home
11. CNET - Homeshoring to trump offshoring?
If you are looking for some providers, check out this search for U.S.-based oDesk providers. Happy home (agent) hunting!