However, the term telecommute can apply to off-site independent contractors, who are not employees. The word "telework" has become a popular synonym for telecommute because it puts the emphasis on the work (the benefit to the employer) rather than the elimination of the commute (the benefit to the employee).
Note: Using the words, telecommute or telecommuting as keywords when searching for a job online has its pros and cons. For more on these words in search engines, see Keywords for Finding a Job Online.
Always clarify with a potential employer whether you would work as telecommuting employee or an independent contractor.