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Curtis Berryman working in a park in Mexico City If you didn’t physically have to come into an office, where would you choose to work? Home, in your pajamas? A coffee shop?
For the last year, Curtis Berryman, who calls Seattle home, telecommuted from all over the world.
And he’s part of a trend. Last year, we passed a surprising milestone related to how people get to work. For the first time, the number of people in the U.S. who telecommute surpassed the number of people who take public transit to work. That’s according to “Governing Magazine .”
Curtis Berryman, 37, spends part of the year commercial fishing, which obviously cannot be done remotely. But, the rest of the time, he’s a headhunter for Flawless Recruit. He’s found that the job, which includes browsing LinkedIn profiles and making phone calls, works well for a remote lifestyle.
And so, when he finishes work, he gets to hear music in the Mexico City park across the street from his apartment while eating tacos. This month is his last as part of a round-the-world, remote working experiment.
A year ago, he signed up for a program run by Remote Year, which provided a group of remote workers, all from different companies, with co-working space. Every month, the whole group moves to a different city: Prague, Kyoto, Buenos Aires, Bogota.“We started in Croatia, 50 of us from all these different walks of life," he said, "and we all traveled together, lived together, and shared […]