Indiana nonprofit to help capitalize on work-from-home boom

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An Indiana nonprofit hopes to help the state capitalize on the work-from-home boom.

More than a third of last year’s college graduates took work-from-home jobs as their first gigs. A majority of those said they accepted less pay to be able to work remotely. MakeMyMove C-E-O Mike Rutz calls those workers “geographic free agents,” and says Indiana should be making a push to sign them.

MakeMyMove is putting together what it calls Indiana Remote Start Fellowships, a combination of networking opportunities and a clearinghouse for employers to gather information on best practices. Rutz says if employers have a full picture of what tools remote workers need, they’ll be better able to provide them, and keep Indiana graduates in Indiana

Rutz says that list of tools starts with opportunities to for remote workers to network with each other, but could extend to perks like local gym memberships or university library privileges.

The program will be open to workers who have been out of college two years or fewer. Rutz says MakeMyMove will get the program ready to launch over the summer.

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