The Rise of the Remote Worker

As 2020 rolled around, rumors that people in Wuhan, China were getting sick and dying from some sort of new infectious disease was spreading as fast as the virus itself. Before the worldwide pandemic began to fizzle, almost 107 million Americans had contracted Covid-19 and and 1.2 million, sadly, lost their lives. 

The American workforce also lost something…the will to commute to the office. According to one economist, even though the pandemic is officially over the USA, ¼ of workers have no desire to continue working remotely from home. Period. They want the tools and teamwork, are better able to focus on work without the distractions of home life, and really love being in-person. 

This is good news for the bosses and owners who understand that workplace dynamics encourage socialization and community building, which in turn builds better teams and produces higher output. Plus there are the considerations of the investment in millions of square feet of office space in downtowns and office centers in places like Cincinnati, and the complication of measuring productivity and ROI of remote workers.

Small businesses, like those we service, for the most part, have returned to pre-pandemic work routines earlier than the large corporations. The New York Times reported that in March of 2023, 12 percent of U.S. workers were still fully remote, about 60 percent were fully in office, and 28 percent were in a hybrid custom arrangement.

Remote workers are especially valuable in technology, marketing, accounting/finance, project management, medical/health, recruiting, and customer service. If you or someone you know is looking for a “remote worker” position in the Cincinnati area, check out Built In, the online community for startups and tech companies.

Doing Business in Cincinnati

Owning a small business in Cincinnati is a great decision! We enjoy a consistent growing economy while maintaining a relatively low cost of living. This stable business environment enables startups to focus on their mission, customers, and workers. 

Cincinnati Night Sky

Did you know that in the U.S. nearly 1 in 5 business startups fail within the first year, and about 50% after five years? But Cincinnati’s rate of success for startups after 5 years is a remarkable 74%. Some of that success comes from the meteoric rise of tech and medical startups in the Queen City, as well as the Cincinnati business culture coupled with a commitment to venture development firms like CincyTech

In 2022, Ohio’s minimum wage rose $.50/hour to $9.30 (the federal minimum wage is $7.25). The District of Columbia tops the list at $15.20 while Wyoming takes the bottom slot at $5.15.

Only 18 states have a lower rate than Ohio. See the chart »

Local colleges and universities contribute by turning out well-educated potential employees who choose to stay in Cincinnati because of its family-friendly neighborhoods, outstanding schools, parks and cultural amenities, food and dining, major sports teams, and down-home midwestern values.

Small businesses contribute by supporting other small businesses with similar dreams, values, and goals.

If you are a loyal customer of DLMoney Matters, thank you! If you are still on the fence about whether to offload the anxiety, fears, and burdens of the time you spend on financial, tax, and accounting matters, get to know us. And please, refer us to your friends.

Halloween in Cincinnati 2020

Being scared on Halloween used to be exactly what we looked forward to! This year, not so much. Many Halloween events and attractions have been canceled due to Covid-19, and others have been scaled back.

We’d like to help you navigate the Halloween Maze with a quick list thanks to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

See a date or attraction you like? Click its link for details.

Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park
Haunted Nights Through Nov. 6, $20-up.

Sandyland Acres Haunted Hayride
Through Oct. 31, $15.

Terror Town
Through Oct. 31, $25.

Nightmare Manor
Through Oct. 31, $17, $15 with canned good.

The Dent Schoolhouse
Through Nov. 4:, $20-$30.

Fall Fest
Through Oct. 25, from $10.

Barn Market
Through Oct. 31.

Find more Halloween activities for 2020 in our area. Have a safe and fun Halloween this year!