What is Remote Work, Definition, Advantages and Disadvantages

Along with the times, we need to know about new types of work that have emerged due to the times, one of which is Remote Work.Remote Working). Currently working does not have to come to the office as usual. So what is Remote Work? How is it different from normal work?

Let's discuss it in detail, so you can understand it well.

What is Remote Work?

Remote work is a method of working for a company like normal employees.

However, it does not require physical presence.

All the work given by the company can be done remotely.

I happen to have experience in this work myself, so I know very well how this remote works.

To make it easier to understand what Remote Work is like, I want to invite you to see it from a comparison between remote work and normal/regular work.

1. Presence

  • Normal Work

Working normally means that all the work you do at a company requires a physical presence. Be it in the office, factory or a project. In accordance with the work location that has been agreed upon by both parties.

So all activities, including assignments, attendance and work-related reports, are carried out through direct interaction in the workplace.

Example: You are working for a mining company. As a regular worker, you must be present at the site, to control ongoing mining activities. All activities are carried out directly.

  • Remote Working

Remote work is working remotely. You do not need to be present at all in the office of the company that employs you.

But usually, the company that employs you will provide a working space (coworking space). Complete facilities that support your work.


Laptops, wifi, cellphones, all work support will be provided by the company.

The definition of work carried out by remote work is complete with its advantages and disadvantages

2. Working Hours

For working hours, there is no difference between normal work and remote work.

According to Indonesian government regulations, the working hours that have been set are 8 hours of working time for 5 working days, or 7 hours per day for 6 working days. The rest will be calculated overtime or overtime.

What distinguishes the two is effectiveness. If we work normally, we will be required to follow office hours, but remote work requires more effectiveness.

Effectiveness means the company doesn't really care how many hours you work as long as all tasks are completed properly and on time.

If the results of working 8 hours we can do with 4 hours, why do we have to pretend to work 8 hours,

You can use the available time to do other things, such as blogging, or at the same time become a freelancer, considering you work all day in front of the computer.

3. Salary and Benefits

The salary is the same for both of them.

But with a note:

You work remotely at a local company!

If remote for overseas?

So much difference…

My personal experience working remotely for a foreign company, the rate given is quite high. Maybe because of the rupiah exchange rate.

For ordinary staff level, the salary offered ranges from $1000-$1500 USD.

Even though it's big in rupiah, don't get me wrong.

For them, our salary is relatively small, because the salary standard of local people in their country can be 6-8 times higher.

Say Australia.

For a remote spare parts staff position from Indonesia, I was paid 1000 USD. If they pay local Australians for the same position, the salary can be 6000-8000 USD.

So this is a win-win solution.

For the benefits obtained, I think they are all the same.

Starting from clothing, work equipment, insurance. The average is exactly the same as a regular job.


How Much Remote Work Salary?

Remote work pay depends on the position and the company offering the work. Usually, for entry-level positions in foreign companies, the minimum salary range is around 9-18 million rupiah.

For local companies, of course it is still far from that figure.

What is Full Remote Working?

Full remote working is an employee who works for a company, is allowed to work remotely completely. This means that once you become an employee at the company, you are physically present.

What fields can be done remotely?

In general, remote work is dominated by programmers such as Back-end, front-end, full stack and many other types of developers (programmers) that are similar, but do not rule out the possibility in other fields.

For my own experience, I am now working for an Australian manufacturing company as a Spare Parts Engineer.

Where Can You Find Remote Jobs?

There are many available job search platforms out there, such as jobstreet, jobsdb etc. But to my knowledge, most of the platforms available are for local companies.

If you are interested in getting jobs from foreign companies, you can try Glints. Not intending to promote, because I happened to be one of the Glints recruits.

Future Prospects?

This is my personal opinion, this job is very promising in terms of flexibility and benefits. There are many side things that I can do while working, including writing this article.

For me, the digital era is increasingly dominating human life for decades to come, it is better to follow the development of the times so as not to lose other opportunities in the future.

This job is perfect for people who prioritize effectiveness over quantity of hours worked.

For future prospects, as long as you are a permanent employee even though you are remote, of course this is very good.

There are some fields that do have a career path that is a little grayer than normal work. Unless the foreign company does open a branch in Indonesia.

Advantages of Remote Work?

Personally, remote work gives me a lot of free time. So have time to read and invest in knowledge.
Writing this blog is one of them.

I can return to actively blogging after a hiatus from 2013. For those of you who are interested in blogging, I've written guide how to create a blog (wordpress.org) in 7 steps for beginners.

While working, what's wrong with taking advantage of the moment to increase the coffers of income.

Closing Event

Thus, I wrote this article as an insight and knowledge to find out the meaning of remote work. And what is the difference with normal work.

Regardless of the pros and cons, as a young generation we must consider the opportunities that lie in front of our eyes.

Next we will discuss freelancers, if you have any questions, please write them in the comments. I will try to answer as best I can..

Enjoy Reading guys…

Jitendra Vaswani is a Digital Marketing Practitioner & international keynote speaker currently living a digital nomadic lifestyle and founder of internet marketing blog BloggersIdeas.com & Digital Marketing Agency DigiExe. During his more than 8 years of expertise in Digital Marketing, Jitendra has been a marketing consultant, coach, speaker and author of "Inside A Hustler's Brain: In Pursuit of Financial Freedom" which has sold over 20.000 copies, worldwide & a contributor to "International Book Writers" Best selling Growth Hacking 2". He has trained 10.000+ digital marketing professionals to date and has held digital marketing workshops around the world. His main goal is to help people build businesses through digitization, making them realize that dreams will come true if you stay passionate. View portfolio ( jitendra.co). Find him at LinkedIn, Twitter, & Facebook.

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