Wondering how to work remotely? You have three main options…
If you are thinking of leaving the conventional workplace and starting a home based job, you may be wondering what kind of opportunities there are available to you. Making the transition can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help. You may be trying to decide whether you would like to work for an employer, as a contractor, or if you would prefer to freelance. You might be asking yourself how they differ from each other and what would suit your lifestyle the best. Below are the three main ways to work in a home based environment, which will hopefully guide you in making the best decision. The choice is yours!
1. The Employee:
As a remote employee, you would have a full time job with an employer. Instead of working in the employers’ workplace, you would be able to complete your tasks remotely from home or any other location globally. These employees typically work normal business hours and attend meetings via conference or video calling. Remote employees enjoy job security and are assured of a regular paycheck. In this way, you still have all the perks of a full time job, but you never go into the office – bonus!
Remote employment: Full time remote jobs
2. The Freelancer:
Freelancers are self-employed individuals who do not have any long term commitments to a specific employer. Rather, they find their own clients and sell work to them by the hour or bid for projects, instead of receiving a regular salary. They enjoy flexibility in their schedules and have the freedom to pick and choose projects. This option requires the most self-discipline and pro-activity on the part of the freelancer.
3. The Independent Contractor:
Sandwiched between the freelancer and the remote employee is another form of home based worker known as the independent contractor. Contractors supply services (or products) to a company like a freelancer, however, they do so under the conditions of a contract. In this contract, the length of service, type and quantity of work, and compensation have been agreed on by both parties. A contractor may work flexible hours but it depends on the requirements of the company. This option gives you slightly more security than a freelance position, but you still get to escape from the confines of a rigid office job.
Each variation of remote job has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. You may still want to work for an employer (there are some great ones out there) or you may want to break away completely and only have yourself to answer to. You need to decide what kind of employment suits your lifestyle and think about what it is that you wish to gain from a home based job. What is certain is that working from home has been proven to be beneficial to both the employer and employee in terms of costs, productivity, and quality of life. All that you need to do now is find the right fit for you!