Long before COVID-19 started wreaking havoc on our daily lives, remote work—or telecommuting—was already having a moment. But that moment started much earlier than you might think.
Some trace the beginnings of working from home to our earliest ancestors in eastern and southern Africa, a cool 1.4 million years ago. Fast-forward to medieval Europe to find more examples: Blacksmiths, watchmakers, and fine-clothing manufacturers all practiced their crafts and sold products from the comfort of their homes.
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The rise of what we think of as remote work began much later. Some