Learning From Distributed Companies

Once upon a time, back in 2005, Lullabot was just two guys collaborating across several time zones. In those days, Lullabot was predominantly a Drupal consultancy and Drupal was much, much smaller. The talent, like the open source project, was spread out around the globe. We’ve stayed that way ever since, even as we’ve grown to become a nearly 60-person full-service digital agency. All of our employees at Lullabot work from home, or from a coffee shop, or a co-working space, or a library… We work from Copenhagen, Denmark; or Normal, Illinois; or Portland, Oregon. We work on the Internet, and the Internet doesn’t care where you live.

Turns out a lot of people work from home these days. According to Forrester Research over 34 million Americans work from home at some point during the week. By 2016, that number is expected to reach 63 million. That’s 43% of the U.S. workforce… in two years. As the numbers grow, it’s clear more companies are embracing this work style. The data also shows that a lot of people are happier and more productive when they aren’t required to go into an office.

But, despite all of that talk, all of the numbers and information, there’s a gap. Where do business leaders who are running fully distributed companies go to find information and share advice? Click here to read the full article on the authors website.

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