|Remote Office Center FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions concerning Remote Office Centers
- How do I find a Remote Office Center / Telecommuting Center in my city?
- How do I add a posting for a Remote Office Center that I manage to this web site?
- I am a government employee. Where can I find information on how to utilize a governnment telcommuting center?
- How do I open up a new Remote Office Center?
- How do I calculate the true cost/savings that come from leasing remote offices for employees?
- How do Remote Office Centers increase an employers competitive advantage?
- What is a Coworking Facility?
- What is a Cloudworker?
- Where can I find information about teleworking?
1. How do I find a Remote Office Center / Telecommuting Center in my city?
- Click here to find telecommuting centers / ROCs by city or metro area.
There is no cost or registration required to search for ROCs on this web site.
2. How do I add a posting for a Remote Office Center that I manage to this web site?
- You can list ROCs on this web site for free. Click here to submit a center for listing on this web site.
3. I am a government employee. Where can I find information on how to utilize a government telcommuting center?
to see how get access to a GSA Telecommuting Center. This link also includes instructions on how to set up
billing through the GSA Telework Online Billing System.
4. How do I open up a new Remote Office Center?
Existing and under utilized office facilities can easily be converted into Remote Office Centers with minimal infrastructure changes.
ROCs require network infrastructure, a phone system and security (which most offices already have). The real change is in how the offices are marketed.
Any building that can be wired up and connected to the internet can be converted into a Remote Office Center. There are
vacant and under-utilized commercial properties all over suburban America that can easily be converted into an ROC.
All that is needed is walls, security, a phone system and internet.
Local ISPs and/or consultants can assist with network and phone system implementation. Cable and internet providers offer
a full suite of products in the business service division.
There are companies that specialize in building out and marketing remote office centers. These companies can provide
complete solutions to clients and partners. Office Scape is one such
company which offers a full
suite of office provisioning services to customers and partners.
5. How do I calculate the true cost/savings that come from leasing remote office for employees?
The following factors should be considered when determining the cost/value of offering a remote office as part of a
- Employer Provided Facilities
Most employers provide office facilities, internet and phone systems to workers. The employer has the option
of providing office space in a centralized facility or in a remote facility.
- In many cases, the cost per employee at a remote site is going to be less expensive to lease than the full cost
of maintaining a high dollar downtown address and supporting facilities.
- Note: the asking price is not always the final price. When negotiating a lease, keep in mind that pricing is negotiable - especially if a company leases offices for more than
one employee from a single provider.
- Parking Facility Savings
Downtown offices generally charge for parking - anywhere between $100-350 a month. Parking is usually free for an office that is located outside downtown.
Free parking can help offset the cost of leasing an ROC, and should be figured into the overall costing model.
- Tax Savings for Employee and Employer
When negotiating a compensation package, the following tax implications should be considered:
- A Remote Office Center is basically untaxed compensation to the employee. The employers can expense
the cost of the facility, and the employee saves time, gas and automobile depreciation. In todays econonomy
this is real savings.
- Important Note: The publisher of this web site has no accounting or tax preparation credentials. A Certified Public Accountant
should be contacted for tax planning and tax filing.
- Lower Cost of Housing
- Employees who work out of remote offices can live where they want (and/or can afford), rather than where they need to live
because of proximity to a corporate office.
- One of the biggest expense for every American is the cost of housing - which is location based. The cost of housing
can be greatly reduced by moving further away from downtown locations and/or commuting terminals.
6. How do Remote Office Centers increase an employers competitive advantage?
- Flexibility for Growth and Shrinkage - Remote Office Centers allow companies to grow and shrink staff according to
business needs. Companies do not have to worry about where to put new staff or what to do with unused space after a downsizing or
- Larger Hiring Pool - Companies that utilize Remote Office Centers are not limited to only hiring employees
that live near company facilities. The use of ROCs immediately increase the hiring pool of potential candidates for any job position.
Companies can hire the best employee, not just the employee that is conveniently located. Companies that hire the best employees
have a competitive advantage over other companies.
7. What is a Coworking Facility?
- Coworking communities are loose organizations of self employed entrepreneurs looking for social
interaction with other like minded people.
Coworking facilities provide office space where coworkers can work, meet and share ideas.
8. What is a Cloudworker?
- A cloudworker is any worker who works in the cloud.
The term cloud has its origins in cloud computing which defines any computing resource provided
by an external source on the internet.
For cloudworkers, the cloud refers to any place a worker can sit down, communicate (network, phone, email) and do their job.
Cloudworkers utilize phones, mobile broadband, PDAs and other mobile devices to communicate and work from
anywhere - ie. the cloud.
9. Where can I find information about teleworking?
- The Telework Coalition is an excellent source of information regarding
teleworking. Go Telework is also a useful resource
for workers in the DC area.