One of the biggest benefits of a telecommuter workforce is the flexibility provided to companies, according to Peter Boucher, enterprise commercial marketing director at Vodafone UK. "Business opportunities can be won or lost in a matter of minutes. Having employees who can work from anywhere, at any time and who aren't tied to their desks means small businesses can be more responsive. In fact, being fleet of foot is one of the biggest advantages over larger competitors," he writes.

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