For several years I thought that you needed an office to start a business. Somehow I had this subconscious idea that to start a business, you needed an office. A place to go to where the business “is”.
Later on, as my company grew to over 40 employees in the Philippines, I’ve set up offices for other reasons as well. One, to make sure that I knew everyone was productive (coming into work each day) and two, to facilitate communication within our team.
However, I noticed something strange. People would come into the office and sit at their cubicles, and then when they needed to chat with each other they would use Skype! Even if they sit next to each other, they still chat to each other through Skype.
So much for needing an office. Later on, I created the Time Doctor software purely for the reason that I wanted to shut down the office and all its associated costs and needed software to tie it all in together.
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