Recently a sister contacted me for information about companies that hire people for work-at-home positions. In her email she stated, “I’m not really interested in starting my own business, but I would like to be able to work from home.”
What a lot of people don’t realize when they look for work-at-home jobs is that in most cases you’ll be classified as an independent contractor, not a company employee. Sometimes it’s not so easy to tell the difference. These key points can hopefully make distinguishing the difference easier.
- Company pays for training and other expenses
- You have a set number of work hours
- You may receive benefits (medical, dental, retirement and life)
- You participate in a new employee orientation and receive information about company policies and procedures.
- You receive paid time off for holidays, vacation, sick days
- You work as needed/when work is available
- You pay your own expenses
- You are responsible for paying your own taxes and are considered self employed by the IRS.
- There is no provision for paid holidays, sick days, benefits, etc.
These lists are based on work situations in the U.S. You can learn more by visiting the IRS website for more information.