The term “remote work” includes a VERY wide variety of jobs; there are many more types of remote work than you think! In this post we’ll outline the basic types and terms that are used to classify these jobs.
Types of Remote Work
Remote work is defined as any task that can be completed in any location (usually the home), provided you have access to the needed tools and resources. In many cases these days, remote work means that you work online, in other words, using software, tools, apps that are accessible by using the internet. This is also called telework or telecommuting. All of these terms essentially mean the same thing. If a job is location independent that means that you do not have to live in a specific location in order to complete the job.
In a fully remote position you only work from home (or wherever you have access to your needed tools) and you never go into the company’s physical location. This is becoming more and more common as companies realize they have access to a much wider talent pool if they allow people from all over to apply to their positions.
A flexible job provides some flexibility, either regarding schedule or work location, or both. If a flexible job provides location flexibility, it may allow you to only telecommute, or it may require that employees work from the company’s physical location at least some of the time. If you’re working in a full-time, traditional job setting for which you spend most of your time on a computer, there’s a chance you may be able to switch to a flexible schedule that allows you to telework for at least part of the time. The more successful you’ve been at your current organization, the better your chances. If you have a proven track record, your superiors are more likely to trust that you’ll accomplish your goals when you are working in a different location.
A freelance position is one in which you are contracted instead of employed by the organization. Freelance positions are often location independent. By definition, a freelancer sets their own hours and establishes their own pricing, so this is a good place to start delving into the world of remote work.
You can build your own online business that by nature allows you to work remotely. Online entrepreneurs can create their business based on previous freelance work or by meeting a need in the market. If you do so, you can call yourself an online entrepreneur. If you’ve ever been interested in starting your own business but have been daunted by all that goes with it, an online business could be the path for you. It won’t be easy, but it could be a good option for you.
Because of the flexibility inherent to all of these positions, it may be possible for you to have more than one job. For instance, you can start working as a freelancer for as many hours of your free time that you’re willing to give up. Diversifying your skillset and income streams is a good way to ensure your professional and financial success in this changing economy. A side hustle is the work you do besides your main job. You can even have more than one side hustle!
Tools You’ll Need
In all of these types of remote work, you’ll need:
- A computer
- Access to the internet
Beyond that, each position or situation will have its own set of requirements. For example, if you work for an online interpreting company, you will need to have a headset and phone line that meets the company’s requirements. If you are teaching online, you will need the required teaching software, a webcam and microphone. For whatever position you seek, make sure that you::
- Completely understand the requirements and expectations
- Have access to the required tools and materials
- Are able to meet the location and schedule requirements for the position
Remember this is a very basic list of types of remote work. There are limitless combinations and situations that you’ll find out there! When you’re looking for remote work, it can help to keep the following things in mind:
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What is your ideal schedule?
- Where do you want to work?
- Will you accept having to go into an office? How often? How far are you willing to travel on those days?
- What kind of work do you want to do?
- What tools do you already have access to?
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