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When work is done anywhere outside of the home or a traditional workplace, it is generally called working remotely; however, several other terms are attached to these types of remote work outside of a home or office space.
Because remote work is a broad concept, other places it can be done are in a café, at the beach, while on a bus, plane, or car. If you have a reliable computer with the required software or tools to do your work and a reliable internet connection, it can be done. These two elements are necessary.
Let us explore two popular concepts below.
Suppose you work remotely as an employee of a remote-first company with no physical locations, an entrepreneur, or a freelancer that desires the atmosphere of office spaces, or you lack the amenities/resources for an area dedicated to work that separates your workspace from family spaces in your home. In that case, the option of ‘co-working spaces’ may suit you.
Co-working spaces are basically office areas shared by freelancers, entrepreneurs, and sometimes other small companies working remotely. It is not your typical traditional office space but rather an alternative to the ‘work-from-home' structure that exposes you to an environment and people who are not necessarily your co-workers.
To access this type of space, you would have to pay a monthly rent or day pass to enjoy benefits such as Wi-Fi connection, networking opportunities, and printing services, to name a few.
These spaces are like hubs for different remote working individuals from various backgrounds to go to for work and human interaction.
‘Work from anywhere,’ ‘working while traveling,’ or whatever you may call it as you know, is currently the most talked about trend in remote work. Digital nomads as they call themselves, are remote workers who travel to various countries and work.
This lifestyle is currently trending mostly because of the steep level of flexibility that remote work affords many, one being able to work while traveling, all thanks to work that can be done with only a laptop and a reliable data connection.
In addition, other reasons are better work-life balance and quality of life that working from anywhere allows. Those who opt for this style of work seek a ‘sense of freedom’ they would not have within the confinements of onsite work.
Now more than ever, it is becoming increasingly more accessible for almost anyone to become a digital nomad. With more remote work possibilities emerging in many different industries, more countries worldwide are offering ‘digital nomad visas.’
More than 25 countries, as of June 25, 2022, have started to capitalize on this trend by opening opportunities to attract these nomads in the form of these visas, all with their specific terms and conditions attached that allow you to work and receive income in their countries legally for a period.
Many of these countries offer residencies for up to a year or even more, which is longer than a regular tourist visa allows.
Though it looks colorful in theory, this lifestyle may not be the best fit for everyone. Some cons that follow, especially when considering digital nomad visas, are the strict income requirements involved and it is not guaranteed that the government of whichever country you apply to will approve your application.
Also, many people are not cut out for constant traveling, resulting in travel fatigue and possible loneliness from doing it solo.
As you now know, remote work has a broad meaning to it. It is any work done outside the walls of physical office spaces which is typically technologically geared (you need to at least have the basics; a working laptop and reliable data).
It could be from the comforts of your home, in a coffee shop, on the go as you travel, or in another country halfway around the world on one of your frequent travels. The possibilities are endless, as long as you get the work done.
Working from home, on the other hand, is a form of remote work done strictly at home. Some employers, who set the standards for how remote work should be done by employees, require this form only. However, some are lenient, and it matters not where the work is done.
That is the difference between WFH and remote work.