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Welcome to our Work From Home Q&A series. You ask a remote working question that is answered by a FlexJobs guest expert. Below is how to ask your own question.

This week's question comes from Larry:

“Do work-from-home jobs offer the same advantages as conventional jobs? For example health care, retirement provision and premiums? "

Freelance versus employee status

Yes, in general, work-from-home jobs offer the same benefits as a similar in-office job. Whether or not services are provided ultimately depends on the status and working hours.

Freelance jobs, whether on-site or from home, offer no advantages. These are also known as contract jobs and 1099 jobs and are self-employed. Instead of working for an employer, the hired person works as an independent contractor.

Most of the remote jobs we see at FlexJobs are employee jobs, not freelance jobs.

Employee jobs can be associated with benefits, depending on the number of hours worked and whether an individual is considered a part-time or full-time employee.

Just like traditional in-office jobs, remote employee jobs can be eligible for benefits such as paid sick leave, vacation time, health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, annual bonuses, and so on.

About me

I am a career development manager and coach at FlexJobs, where I help people find flexible work, including remote, part-time and freelance jobs. Before joining FlexJobs in 2010, I was a career advisor for students and alumni. I have a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management and I am a certified advanced resume writer.

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