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    Vermont Wants To Pay You $10,000 To Move There And Work Remotely

    I was just talking about it the other day, then I checked it out and there is precisely a plan to do just that:

    The remote working movement is hotter than ever. According to Deskmag, an online magazine about coworking, a staggering 1.7 million people will work remotely in 2018. Remote-working concepts like Terminal 3 and Remote Year are proliferating, not to mention coworking spaces, which are on the rise globally.
    Now, Vermont wants a piece of the action. Yes, Vermont. The state is trying to attract new residents with a clever campaign aimed at the remote-working movement. Governor Phil Scott just approved a piece of legislation that will pay 100 people up to $10,000 to move to Vermont in 2019 with the new "Remote Worker Grant Program."

    To be eligible, applicants must be employed fulltime by a business outside of Vermont. The grant will cover moving expenses, membership fees for a coworking space and more. The applicant must become a fulltime resident of the state in 2019. And after the initial stage, 20 people a year will be eligible for grants.

    This is not the first time a destination has tried to attract new residents with an innovative program like this. Last year, Wellington, New Zealand launched an initiative called LookSee Wellington, with the goal of recruiting technology workers from across the globe to move there.

    The author of the Vermont bill, Senator Virginia Lyons, was inspired by her son-in-law, a remote worker living in Vermont. “I was hoping to accomplish a couple of things with this bill," Lyons told Zenefits.com. "One was to encourage young people who are computer savvy to stay in the state and work remotely. The second thing this bill could help accomplish is drawing people into the state."

    In 2017, Vermont had its first bump in population since 2013, and according to a recent survey, it's attracting the most new residents of any state in the U.S. It's also the eighth most entrepreneurial state in the country, with 390 startups per 100,000 adults. And the coworking scene is growing. There are a number of cool coworking spaces, like the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, which has a vision of supporting innovative, Vermont-based startups, with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs and female founders.

    And yet, it's still not enough, according to Governor Scott.

    “We have about 16,000 fewer workers than we did in 2009. That’s why expanding our workforce is one of the top priorities of my administration,” Scott said in a statement. “We must think outside the box to help more Vermonters enter the labor force and attract more working families and young professionals to Vermont."

    And the state is definitely thinking out of the box these days. In addition to the Remote Worker Grant, Vermont is also running a sneak-peek program called “Stay to Stay,” which invites job seekers to come to the state and meet hiring employers and other young professionals. Think of it as a way to check out Vermont before you commit to living there fulltime.

    But not everyone is thrilled about the state's new remote-working initiative. Jen Oldham, executive director of Vermont Works for Women — an organization whose mission is to improve the economic opportunities and status of women in Vermont — says the money could be put to better use. "There is nothing intrinsically wrong with wanting to lure people to move to Vermont," Oldham told Forbes. "But it is difficult seeing $500,000 from the State General Fund appropriated to recruit remote workers who won’t even be part of the Vermont workforce, knowing that untapped economic potential exists in the female population of Vermont."

    For example, Oldham points that out if the state gave $10,000 to Vermont Works for Women, the company would use it to directly help four disadvantaged women who are unemployed access training and support to move into the workforce in a job that pays a fair wage, has opportunities for advancement and helps strengthen her family and community. "I would argue a better return on investment is to invest locally to ensure Vermont women are able to fully participate in the state’s economy," says Oldham. "This directly addresses workforce needs and is an excellent ROI."

    But Sam Roach-Gerber, director of innovation at Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET), argues that remote workers can help the local economy. "I think this a fantastic initiative for Vermont. In the last year or so, we have seen a huge uptick in remote workers moving to the state, especially women," Roach-Gerber tells Forbes. "Although VCET remains focused on supporting entrepreneurs starting businesses in Vermont, we've realized that remote tech workers add a ton of value. When joining VCET, it is our expectation that remote workers are willing to pay it forward, and share their skills to help others succeed."
    Applications for the “New Remote Worker Grant Program” open on January 1, 2019, but get there fast: It's first come first served.

    Source: Forbes

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    What does Work Remotely exactly mean ?

    It sounds like working as a sailor or on a maritime oil drilling rig .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Jens Lornsen View Post
    What does Work Remotely exactly mean ?

    It sounds like working as a sailor or on a maritime oil drilling rig .
    Most bureau jobs can be done remote, ie from your computer at home instead of the computer in the company's rooms.
    Many companies use central servers already anyway, where customer support requests f.e. are stored, you could access them from home and answer them, saving an hour drive to your work plus you are relatively free what times you work. Lots of other jobs as well, you go to work once per week or every two weeks for project stuff (design, texts, whatever) to be discussed and the rest of the time you work home. Internet makes a lot possible.

    Even though many companies have all the technology already that is needed to offer such work, few really do it so far. It's a good idea to encourage such job arrangements, but imho Vermont inviting remote workers from elsewhere and with the exclusion of jobs in the city, instead of encouraging their own businesses to offer them for locals (going through bigger cities to go to your work can easily take you longer due to inner city traffic chaos than coming from outside) is somewhat nonsensical^^
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