Decoding the Various Types of Remote Work

You’ve heard about people who work from home or their local coffee shop, and you may wonder what they do for money. Are they really working an actual job? Do they have a boss or are they self-employed? These are all valid questions. But the answers can vary depending on the type of remote work a person does.

The remote workforce is vast

Some remote workers own their own businesses. They may provide a service or sell items online. Alternatively, many people who work remotely are actually employed by a company that allows them to work from home full time. Although each of these individuals has their own unique set of circumstances that allows them to work from anywhere, they are all contributing members of today’s remote workforce.

Whether you’re currently working remotely or simply thinking about how you could work from home in your chosen profession, here is a list of various types of remote work you might want to consider.


Typically, working as a freelancer means that you charge per piece or per project in your field of expertise. Among freelancers are artists, writers, web designers, and many other types of professionals. Freelancers usually refer to themselves as entrepreneurs, partly because they essentially own and operate their own businesses without the oversight of a supervisor or larger company.

No matter what kind of work you do, going remote provides all kinds of freedom | Submitted by Samantha Urioste

Remote business owners

From running an e-commerce site to starting a non-profit business, more people are turning to the internet to help them achieve their goals of entrepreneurship.

Full- or part-time remote employee

More companies are allowing their in-house employees to work from home either on a full-time or part-time basis. If you’re a full-time remote employee, that means you rarely ever come to the office for any reason. All of your work is performed on your own at home or another location of your choice.

Part-time remote employees are often actually full-time employees who are allowed to work from home on a part-time basis. These individuals are usually required to come in to the office for a set number of hours per week or for important meetings or company events.

For some, their remote job is just a side gig | Submitted by Sophie McAulay

Side hustlers

Technology continues to make it possible for more people to earn extra money on the side, on their own terms, and on their own schedule. Commonly referred to as a part of “The Gig Economy”, side jobs often include food delivery, courier service, or transportation services. While most people who have a side job also work full-time in another capacity, individuals who take advantage of side hustles make up a big part of today’s remote workforce.

No matter what remote work you do, there are certainly plenty of benefits and challenges. But, with a little dedication, you can create a work-life balance that meets your individual needs and expectations and offers you the freedom to choose how you earn your income.

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