telecommuters get salary and benefits?
When you are applying for a
telecommuting position, the one thing many applicants want to know is
what kind of salary there is, and if there are any employee benefits included.
While not all jobs work the same, here are some clues that can help you
figure out whether you would get a salary and/or benefits with the job.
If the job is as an independent contractor, this means you get no benefits
and are also resposible for all your own taxes. You are not considered
a regular employee of the person who hires you. There is more on being
an independent contractor and how it owrks in our article What
is an Independent Contractor.
Not many telecommuting jobs work on a salary basis, meaning that you earn
the same amount every month for putting in a set amount of hours. If you
had started your position as an in-house employee prior to going telecommuting
route, you might be salary. But telecommuters are much more likely to
either earn per hour, on a commission basis or on another pay scale, such
as price per word.
Because a job with benefits is considered highly sought after in the US,
most positions being advertised that include telecommute positions tend
to be promoted as such. While not all jobs that include benefits will
specify them specifically in the job ad, many of them will include it
as part of the description, since it is a selling point for that company.
Whether the benefits are medical, dental, 401k, etc, you should always
inquire about the specifics included with the company's "benefits",
and also inquire even if the listing doesn't state it specifically.