I've been doing remote work as a usability / IA professional consultant on and off for about four years now. I have a home office here in Dallas, and have clients all over North America. At the moment, business is pretty good.
I'm wondering out loud when the 'tipping point' will occur for remote working with UX/IA/Interactive jobs and contract work, rather than the current preference most companies have of recruiting a local candidate. I'm assuming that I'm woefully uninformed on this subject, and, by default, people usually prefer having someone local for face-to-face time and collaboration throughout the engagement. There's also a trust issue unless you're networked well, but I'm not going to delve into that yet (I'd rather hear some comments).
What do you all think? And let me know if I should clarify anything above if it's unclear.