Those who were living a couple of hours away from a particular office were more than willing to pack up their laptops, get dressed, and then brave an excessively long commute, all in the name of making a steady paycheck.
But these days, anyone who depends on technology to earn a living has more than just the option of being trapped in a cubicle--or trapped in traffic.
And because employers are more willing to hire out of the box, rather than focusing on the geographical limitations, anyone who is savvy with using wireless internet or WiMax can find themselves gainfully employed without even having to change out of pajamas.
Being able to telecommute is first and foremost about being capable of managing one's obligations and one's time.
After all, there's nothing beneficial for a company or for an individual about putting things off until the absolute last minute and finding oneself burning the midnight oil to accomplish a task that would have been simple and carefree by the light of day.
So those who are able to take on contract jobs or even full-time telecommuting opportunities thanks to the prevalence of WiMax and Wi-Fi should still be on point when it comes to deadlines.
After all, just because it is possible to work at four in the morning doesn't mean it's the smartest option for the particular person or for the work at hand.
Another thing to keep in mind about using WiMax to work from just about anywhere is that sometimes, it pays to work ahead so that leisure time is just that.
No one is arguing with the fact that a laptop that connects to a nationwide network can provide the opportunity to accomplish tasks at any hour.
But the fact is that it's not always the most effective use of time for the company in question or for the person doing the work.
Being on the ball means having more free time, not less, so don't use WiMax as an excuse to procrastinate.
Of course, those who are in the position of looking for talented and skilled employees can take advantage of how technology is able to function by extending their search to those who aren't in one's immediate physical area.
This can mean finding more qualified talent at the same price, with the only opportunity cost being willing to accept that having someone in-office might not be as great as having someone who is simply more talented.
And going ahead and following this path means those with WiMax need to be focused on delivering.
Otherwise, people in the hiring position are going to be less inclined to accept telecommuting as something equal to or superior to hiring talent that is geographically situated in a more ideal position.
And when the companies are interested in moving forward with technology, it is those who are able to invest in the menial cost of something like seamless access to the web who benefit.
So remember that when accepting contracts and making work hours!