Being a remote worker may be the norm for our circle but there are other people who still don’t know the specifics behind the term. First of all, the term “remote work” in the career world is synonymous to “telecommute” and “telework” and pertains to a work arrangement that doesn’t require the employee to commute or travel to a workspace (like an office, warehouse, or store) to do his/her job. (source). It can also be loosely synonymous with terms such as “home-based” and “work-from-home”, but I’ll go into more detail later. MY DEFINITION, explains that working remotely is both a career and lifestyle choice that makes it possible for an individual to earn money without being constrained in one place. To know the types of work/jobs that make this lifestyle possible, read on!
Full-Time Remote Worker
This is more or less where I fall into, I work at home (or anywhere with wifi, really) for 8 hours a day for one company that gives me benefits. In short, it’s like your traditional office job, that’s NOT IN THE OFFICE. Full-Time Remote workers basically have the best of both worlds –not being constrained in an office but still gets a regular paycheck every month. Also, most companies who are looking for full-time remote employees give their workers the freedom to be flexible with their time. So, as long as they fill in their hours and finish their tasks for the day, they’re good.
Part-Time Remote Worker
Of course, if there are full-time remote workers, there are also part-time remote workers. Companies look for these employees if they know that the work should be done on a daily basis but doesn’t take more than 4 hours or so to do the job. For example, a company needs someone to copy-edit 1 article/day, since the task doesn’t require someone to do it the whole day, it’s possible for the company to hire you for a part-time position and pay you regularly for it. Hours may or may not be flexible and the company may or may not give you the benefits but I think this type of arrangement works for those who want a steady flow of income without sacrificing their time.
Half & Half / Diversified Remote Worker
This is the type of remote worker who works part-time on-site and works part-time remotely. He/she might be pursuing 2 jobs in different fields or similar jobs in the same field. Either way, this type of work is the best option for you if you want to transition from working on-site to working remotely or vice versa.
Freelancer/ Remote Independent Contractor
This is what most people think of me if I tell them I work from home, which is very annoying, ’cause everybody just likes to assume without really knowing what the term entails. I have high respect for freelancers because they’re basically a one-man/woman-team. They get the clients on their own, do the work, and do the accounting all by themselves. They work on a per-project basis for different employers. They work with multiple people and charge either per hour or per project depending on the type work they need to do. This is where platforms like odesk, freelancer, and upwork and such come into play. This type of job is perfect for those who want to be their own boss and want more time to do other things in their life.
I think most Filipinos fall under this category without even knowing it. These are for those who still have their tradition office job but work remotely on the side. It’s ideal for those who want to have extra money or build their portfolio in another field. For example, I’m an architect from 8-5 but on the side, I write design-related articles for different magazines. This is perfect if you have a lot of time in your hands at home–or willing to make extra time for your side hustles.
Remote Business Owners
Okay, this is probably the most complicated type of remote worker but also the most rewarding (financially) in my opinion. These for individuals who run businesses remotely/online and hire remote workers. I guess popular options would be online shop owners, professional bloggers (who already have their own team), and online marketing companies. This is actually what I aspire to be! It definitely takes more skills (read: management) and time to transition to this level but if you’re up for serious legwork, go for it!
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