The Differences Between Work-From-Home, Remote and Nomad Setups

When you’re a freelancer, it’s important to have the capability to communicate exactly what it is you do and where you do it from. Everyone you come into contact with will have a different opinion as to what #freelancelife really looks like. And while we know how serious and fulfilling our jobs can be, it’s also on us to communicate our lifestyle to help others understand.

When it comes to describing your work environment, there are three main terms freelancers tend to use: work-from home, remote and nomad. Here are the differences between the three so you can best describe your unique work setup.

Work-From-Home

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Work-from-home means that you have a dedicated workspace in your home that you use to run your independent business. This can be a home office, a desk in the corner of your kitchen or even from your laptop with your feet propped up on the couch. The point is, work-from-home means you do your work from your home.

Remote

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Image courtesy of rye_whiskey

Remote work is not work-from-home work. I notice people confusing these two more than any. Remote work for freelancers is typically a temporary work environment away from your traditional work space. This could be a client assignment that requires you to work from the road, setting up in your hotel room while traveling, or working from a client’s office while visiting for meetings. People who work in a full-time remote position work in a location that is away from the business’ office.

Nomad

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Photo courtesy of emma.skye

Nomad work is not remote work. Nomad means you never have a set office space and may not even have a home base. You’re constantly on the move. Traveling is part of your life and business, providing you the capability to literally work from anywhere and you are never in the same place for long periods of time.

Now that you know the difference between the three, what’s your setup?


AUDREY ADAIR IS A FREELANCE PR CONSULTANT AND FOUNDER OF 'THE SCOPE'. SHE'S BASED IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AND SPECIALIZES IN WORKING WITH CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE VIDEO GAME AND ESPORTS INDUSTRIES. FOLLOW AUDREY ON INSTAGRAM AND LINKEDIN