First things first, who are remote workers? Are they the same as freelancers? The simple answer is no, although they may seem similar at first. Remote workers, or telecommuters, are your company's employees, just like any others, except they don't work from the office, but instead from home or wherever they feel most comfortable. The main difference between freelancers and remote workers is that freelancers are not employed, but rather contracted by you, for a limited period of time (often for the duration of a project), whereas remote employees sign a contract with your company and can be working full-time.
Why do employees decide to go remote? There can be many reasons, the primary being the need for more flexibility at work, wanting to achieve a better life-work balance and avoiding a stressful commute. Thanks to modern technology, being physically present in the office is becoming more and more obsolete and often today all you need to work on your daily tasks is your computer and a stable internet connection.
If you think remote work is more an exception than the rule, think again. According to this Remote Work Report by Zapier
released in 2019, 95 percent of U.S. knowledge workers want to work remotely, and 74 percent are ready to quit their current job to be able to do so. So how to know who is a better hire for your business, a freelancer or a remote worker? Here are some facts to help you decide: