The number of people working at home has climbed steadily over the last five years and by 1995 will account for about one-third of all adult workers. Link Resources, a New York City research firm, conducts an annual survey that divides the home-worker segment into four workstyles: * Primary self-employed home workers (12.1 million), for whom self-employment is the primary source of income. * Part-time self-employed home workers (11.7 million), who hold multiple jobs and spend part of their time working from home. * Telecommuters (6.6 million), employees working from home part- or full-time during normal business hours. * High-tech corporate after-hours home workers (8.6 million), who use computers, phones, and faxes to do company work at home after normal business hours. Telecommuters are the fastest-growing segment, with an average annual growth rate of 20%.

Work-at-home population in millions '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95
Primary self-employed home workers 9.5 10.1 11.2 11.8 12.1 12.4 12.8 13.3
Part-time self-employed home workers 7.6 7.7 9.4 10.5 11.7 12.1 12.7 13.3
Telecommuters 2.5 3.0 4.0 5.5 6.6 7.3 7.9 8.6
Corporate after-hours home workers 4.8 5.3 10.1 10.6 8.6 8.9 9.4 10.9

-- Alessandra Bianchi