We are in a moment of total change in the way we act in all areas of life. Ecology, mobility, project work and a long list of other factors that are already changing the way of understanding business and SMEs.
Many of these changes have also been accelerated by the current health crisis due to COVID.
And, due to its small size, the first to adapt to all these new trends is the self-employed.
What will the self-employed worker of the future look like? And no longer of the future, but almost of today.
Goodbye store, hello website.
We did some cheating. This is not the future, it is today. More and more small retail and even service delivery businesses are replacing the public face, the traditional store, with the web page.
It is not necessary to be behind a counter when the consumer purchases from home with their mobile while watching television. It is not necessary to have a warehouse when customer orders can be managed directly with a large logistics distributor.
The power of the cloud
The great beneficiary of the health crisis has been storage and work in the cloud.
It allows mobility, is as or more secure than local storage or private servers and provides flexibility in day-to-day work that makes it almost invulnerable to unforeseen events.
Being able to access all the documentation that your business generates from anywhere with an internet connection is the great revolution in the business model of the 21st century.
Who needs an office?
And if I have all my information in the cloud, why do I want an office? The trend is not just going to be telecommuting at home anymore, but if I want to work a season in the most avant-garde neighborhood of my city, why not rent a coworking space for the period of time I want?
Or if I have to visit a client (assuming this custom isn’t banished by video conferencing) I can reserve a nearby coworking position. We do not even need a permanent closed space, a position with an internet connection and nothing else will suffice.
Of course, goodbye to the private vehicle
There would be much to discuss about whether the revolution in urban mobility is the electric vehicle or the rental of vehicles by hours or even minutes, those necessary to move from one point to another in the city.
There is a debate about whether or not the batteries in these electric vehicles are environmentally friendly.
But what is clear is that alternatives for individual urban transport are emerging only just for the journey that you want to make at a certain time, such as the rental of small electric cars, electric skates, bicycles, motorcycles, etc. that are true alternatives to traditional public transport.
What if I don’t need a laptop either?
Will it be the next step in the workspace revolution? It is not unreasonable to think that at some point the same coworking space offers us a computer terminal, without local storage capacity, to be able to access the cloud space from which we work.
At that moment will be when, literally, we carry the office in our pocket with our cell phone and our personal keys on our heads.