While most of the attention paid to people who work at home focuses on telecommuting options, there is a growing trend of being able to use temporary or part-time workers out of their homes as well -- and some are apparently looking at it as an alternative to offshoring. Lots of folks are familiar with things like JetBlue's customer service staff all working out of their homes, but a startup is trying to organize plenty of other jobs in the same manner, allowing programmers, designers and writers to work part-time from their homes on an as-necessary basis. In some ways, this is just an update on various freelance/contractor job boards -- but the idea is that the companies using this type of work outsource more of the management of the system to this particular startup, which does background checks on the various workers and even digitally looks over their shoulder on occassion to make sure they're really working (which, obviously, some may find invasive). Still, it does seem like a more interesting way to enable people to work on their own time from home than options like having people stare at security camera output all day. Either way, it is enabling new ways of working, often for groups of people who might otherwise find it more difficult to make a living.
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