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|
|Corporate after-hours home workers||4.8||5.3||10.1||10.6||8.6||8.9||9.4||10.9|
-- Alessandra Bianchi