The number of remote jobs has risen 115% since 2005, according to FlexJobs, a job-search site for remote work, and the number of people quitting their jobs for flexible work has doubled from 2014 to 2017.

There is evidence that telecommuters are more productive, according to a 2017 study of 24,000 workers from the video and voice collaboration technology company Polycom Inc. and the human-resources executive network and research firm Future Workplace. Some 98% of people said the ability to work anywhere has a positive impact on productivity, and 62% said they are already taking advantage of flexible set-ups for work.

But working from home in a different state from your company’s home office isn’t for everyone: It can impede an employee’s ability to advance in the company, Bakr said. “You can’t manage as easily remotely,” he said. “You don’t have the day-to-day exposure to leadership.”

Vermont was No. 9 in a recent U.S. & World Report ranking of the best states in which to live, based on 77 different metrics, including public health, employment, affordability, environment, broadband access, growth and quality of life.

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