In this post we are going to define the difference between a Remote Corporate Employee and a Virtual Freelancer. In this day and age there is so much work that you can do from home or anywhere else that you wish. A lot of what it comes down to is the fact that you can be a freelancer or you can be an employee. Let’s go ahead and break down what that means.

A Remote Corporate Employee.

The word that stands out here is employee. When you are an employee of someone or some company, you are going to be working for them generally full time – or at least more stabally.

You are going to be able to work remotely, yes, but chances are you might still have to work certain hours, check in at a certain time and do other things that are more real world work related. However, you do have the security of having a singular job. You work for this company, you work full time and hopefully you are making enough just from this. It is stable. A freelancer can be not so stable.

A Virtual Freelancer

Work comes and it goes. There are times when you are so busy and times when you are simply bored because you haven’t gotten the same flow of clients that you had before. Along with this instability though is a freedom where you can take a month off and no one will really know because you work for no one. You have freedom because you are no ones employee. You can work whatever hours you want usually – sometimes this isn’t the case, but you could spend the weekend working and probably take off Tues-Wed if you have plans those days, and chances are, you don’t have to tell anyone.

Being a freelancer is great, but it can lead for a much more stressful remote lifestyle. While being a corporate employee means that you have stability but you may still have to work a specific schedule. Honestly, what it comes down to when you are searching for jobs is which you prefer doing. If you are looking for full time work, you might be better off looking for a corporate job because you’re not guaranteed full time work as a freelancer.

It’s easy to find both styles of jobs and as a Virtual Assistant, you really can do either. You can easily find someone who wants you to work freelance with them by just requiring that you do a few projects and then move on your way. On the flip side you can find people that want you to work with them long term, as a more Virtual Office Assistant. A lot of big companies will look for this kind of thing, making you more of an employee.

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Of course, if you have any questions, or thoughts on what makes a Corporate Employee vs. a Virtual Freelancer, let me know if the comments!