What’s the Difference Between Remote Work, and Freelance Work

A Freelancer working in a coffee shop

The pandemic has made it more normal for companies to embrace the work from home setup to lessen COVID-19 infection inside the workplace. 

In fact, 42% of the whole US labor force are now working at home, in a full-time setup. Also, those working from home make up more than two-thirds of the economic activity in the US. 

Thus the terms remote and freelance work have both become synonymous with each other. Both make use of space outside their physical workplaces and work far from their colleagues or their managers or employers. 

However, despite their similarities, they still have their differences. Moreover, knowing those differences can help an employer choose which ones do they need in their virtual workplaces.

A remote worker at home


A remote worker most often is fully employed by a company. It means their taxes and benefits are both handled by their company. Also, they can be part of multiple and long-term projects the company is working on. Also, since they are company employees, companies provide equipment to their remote workers (this adds a level of security to the company’s data). 

A freelancer working in a co-working space

On the other hand, a freelancer is an individual contractor. They pay their own taxes and provide their own equipment (most of the time) when working on a project a company asked them to do. Besides, their stint in a company may only be for one or even two projects. 

They can also work on multiple projects by taking on different contractors from different companies. 

A manager gestures okay

Which is Better? 

It depends on the company’s needs. Although a lot of companies would choose a hybrid of it.

Having remote workers or a team of remote workers is good for the company in the long-term, especially when working on multiple projects. However, it is also useful to get a freelancer for short-term projects you deem necessary in growing your company, but not a core one.