What is remote work?

What is remote work?

What is remote work? Who is considered a remote worker? What does the term remote work mean? If you are organized, want to help others, and want to work remotely, you might consider starting a business as a Remote Worker. This position is also referred to as Virtual Assistant or Freelancer.  

Note: – this is different from someone being employed to work on a remote basis by a company. So read on to find out the definition of remote work.

Self-employed Remote Workers can be based anywhere in the world and they tend to operate from a static base. However, there is a growing trend to work from coffee shops or co-working spaces. This allows greater flexibility among remote workers who like to travel. The terminology ‘Digital Nomad’ has been used to describe remote workers who perform their roles whilst also enjoying the freedom of being able to travel. Note: advice should be sought to ensure you can carry out work whilst residing in other countries.

What does a Remote worker do?

Many Remote Workers offer services such as secretarial and admin support, website development, and proofreading.  Other services such as data entry, translation services, programming, and IT backend development and support are also proving popular.

Many of these services require the use of an assistant in some form to help with tasks on a daily basis. If you are considering setting up as a Remote Worker | Virtual Assistant or would like to learn more about flexible career paths then read on. We list all the necessary steps you need to take to create a successful foundation for your business. The administrative services business is one of the easiest to set up because if you already have experience of working in an office environment you already have a lot of the necessary skills to get the job done.    

Who can use a Remote Worker | Virtual Assistant?

Entrepreneurs and businesses can benefit from hiring a Virtual Assistant. They can work from remote locations and help carry out day-to-day administrative tasks. This gives entrepreneurs and managers more time to focus on more urgent business matters. Remote Workers and Virtual Assistants can also help you respond directly to customer concerns. This could be during periods of crisis, such as the pandemic, with communication and public interaction being top of the list.

When should you use a Remote Worker | Virtual Assistant?

The recent COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. There have been many unusual global events such as accidents, recessions, 9 / 11, natural disasters, avian influenza, Brexit, and foot-and-mouth disease. These have affected a wide range of industries in the past. But none was as disruptive as the global COVID-19 pandemic.

With schools closed and major cities around the world issuing closure orders, people and businesses were forced to consider how they were going to operate. If they couldn’t adapt quickly they feared the possibility of having to close their doors forever. With that in mind many people started to look at new ways to earn a living. 2022 saw a major upheaval in the labor market due directly to the pandemic. Some workers realized they wanted to seek work that would give them a better work/life balance.

Thanks to the pandemic, many more people now have the experience of working remotely. The business world post-pandemic is focused on a virtual or remote path, and that means now is the best time to become a Remote Worker | Virtual Assistant, or if you are a business you may want to hire Remote Workers or a Virtual Team to carry out general tasks.

Know your business

If you know that your business is struggling to maintain its usual staffing levels, Remote Workers | Virtual Assistants can help you keep it afloat while you work to strengthen your business. Remote Workers | Virtual Assistants can help in marketing, management, communications, sales, and data and research to keep your business afloat when you are unable to rely on full-time staff due to absence, holiday periods, or reduced revenues. If you can build a flexible workforce with the help of Remote Workers | Virtual Assistants, you will be able to weather the storm.

Thousands of companies have outsourced their activities to save their businesses. Remote working and virtual assistance services are one of the fastest-growing pandemic business opportunities, and Remote Workers | Virtual Assistants are becoming a valuable asset for companies with limited resources.

What are the challenges of remote working

Remote working needs to be embraced by employees, management, and organizations for it to work effectively. For everything to run smoothly everyone needs to understand their role within the remote working environment. There will be challenges along the way but once the correct equipment, structure, and staff are in place to promote remote working that everyone has bought into then you should have a successful future.

What is the difference between working from home and remote working

Yes, there is a difference. Working from home suggests that you are normally based in an office but you have chosen to work from home for a short period of time. This is a temporary situation and could relate to staff who have unexpected family commitments to deal with. Working from home is different from remote working as a remote worker can be based anywhere in the world. Generally, they are not required to attend an office environment to complete their daily tasks. Of course, they may be required to attend the odd training seminar or management meeting – but not daily or regularly.

Want to learn more?

To learn more about how to become a Remote Worker | Virtual Assistant, have a look at the “General Guides” section. Also, check out the articles on how to set up your remote office, and recommendations on the equipment you might need. If you need help finding remote working positions why not check out the jobs section?


So what is the meaning of remote work? Remote working is termed as being able to provide services to individuals and businesses from external locations. The Remote Worker is not based permanently in their employer or client’s premises. In fact, work can be completed from a wide variety of locations worldwide. Remote working (and working from home) is now being recognized as beneficial to both staff and employers. There is better staff retention among remote workers with work/life balance coming top of the list for job satisfaction. Note: advice should be sought regarding visas and permits to carry out work in other countries.

Is there anything else you would like us to add?

Have a look through our general guides section to learn more about remote working.