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Way Out There?

Is telecommuting the office of the future or just a bad idea that comes and goes?

This story appears in the June 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

John Land is a programmer for, a New YorkCity-based Web development company. But Land, 25, isn't atypical employee. You won't find him at the office-hetelecommutes from Fairfax, Virginia. "I'm more productivethis way," he says.

Five years ago, prognosticators said Land would be the norm bynow. While the International Telework Association and Councilcounts about 24 million regular telecommuters, the prediction thateveryone would trade travel time for a home office hasn'tpanned out. Why? Leery managers.

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