What is a Remote Job?
If you’re searching for a job that allows you to work from home, you might be surprised at the variety of terms used to describe this type of job. Telecommuting, virtual job, remote job, home-based job–are there any differences to these terms? Or are they all alluding to the same thing? The answer is a bit of both.
In reality, these terms are usually used as synonyms for one another, interchangeable and with the same basic definition: They all define a job that is not done from inside a traditional office.
Below, we’re breaking it all down to help you find the remote work arrangement that truly “works” for you.
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Where Can You Work Remotely?
Actually, it depends. According to FlexJobs’ data, about 95% of remote job listings require a worker to be based in a certain location. That means only 5% of remote positions are truly “work-from-anywhere” jobs.
The most common reasons for requiring remote workers to be based in a specific location—like a state, country, region, or time zone—include legal and tax issues, professional licensing, availability for on-site training or meetings, travel requirements, or to be close to clients.
Location-based remote jobs generally fall into one of three categories:
- US National jobs, which can be done from anywhere in the United States
- International country-specific jobs, which are based somewhere outside of the country
- City or state-based jobs, which require staff to be located in a specific area of the U.S.
Jobs that can be done from anywhere in the world are usually fully remote positions that allow you to work from home—or wherever you choose.
Levels of Remote Work
There are several different levels of remote work, depending on the employer’s needs. At FlexJobs, we list remote jobs as one of the following:
- 100% Remote Work: These positions are fully remote and allow you to work from home for all of your working hours, with no in-office time or travel required.
- Remote – During Pandemic: Jobs with this classification are only remote during the pandemic until the company decides that employees can be back in the office.
- Partial Remote Work: Partial remote jobs either require some travel or some time in the company’s office.
- Option for Remote Work: These jobs give workers the option to either work from home or go into the office—or both.
What Types of Jobs Can Be Done Remotely?
Because the term “remote job” refers solely to the location of the position, any type of job and every type of schedule can be classified as a remote job. For instance, remote jobs can have either part-time and full-time hours, and they can have temporary, flexible, and/or alternative schedules.
Remote Work Schedules
When it comes to schedules, some remote jobs require you to work during “business hours,” whatever that might mean for the company. This could be the standard 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or something different.
Others may require you to be available during “core hours,” which is usually a block of three to four hours midday when most workers will be working. This way, you’re guaranteed to have some overlapping work time with your coworkers. Another option is a completely flexible schedule where you set your own hours. Your only requirement in these situations is to work a certain number of hours each week.
Freelance vs. Employee
Remote jobs can be employee-based jobs or freelance jobs, depending on how the employer sets up the role. If you’re a remote employee, you’ll work virtually as a staff member for a company. Remote independent contractors or freelancers contract with a business and then work virtually.
Both remote employees and remote freelancers work remotely, so what are the differences?
Remote employee jobs are subject to the same laws regarding benefits provision that traditional brick-and-mortar companies abide by. If a company provides its in-office employees with health insurance, 401(k) plans, vacation and sick time, and other similar benefits, those benefits should be available to the remote employees as well. Freelance workers (whether they’re remote or not) are responsible for their own benefits.
Top Remote Career Categories
In addition to a large variety of schedules and hours, remote jobs are available in a huge number of career categories. Although each of the 50+ job categories on FlexJobs has available remote jobs, some of the top (and fastest growing!) fields for remote work include:
Finding a Remote Job
With so many available locations, levels, schedules, and job categories, remote work has something to offer everyone. If you’re looking for a remote job, learn how we can help!
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