"Not all those young companies will survive, but the habit of hiring
online seems baked in; 64 percent of respondents said at least half of
their work force would be online by 2015, and 94 percent predicted that
in 10 years most businesses would consist of online temps and physical
The range of jobs done online is increasing,
too. Workers on Elance said the highest-growing job categories in 2013
would be Web programming, making mobile applications, design, marketing
and content writing. oDesk respondents were heavily in those categories
too, but also saw employment in customer service, secretarial work and
high-level technology development."
My brother has essentially been an online worker for a long time. This is not new or rocket science. But the growth is finally being recognized.