The Two Sides of Setting Up an International Remote Team

Setting up the perfect team for your business has many considerations but they have changed dramatically throughout the years.


Back in the day, when hiring, a person’s location is a big consideration. Does he live within the area? Will she be able to move for the job? While bigger companies still have these traditional concerns in mind, smaller companies are now getting more location-blind and tech savvy. These days you can have a stellar team who are all in different parts of the world, but works just as well, if not better than a physical team.


Let’s talk about the benefits and detriments of setting up a remote team. 


It is cheaper, but it paying online has its hazards. You can definitely get the right people for less if you hire from other countries. Since remote workers are usually competitive for projects, they can bring down their rates. You just have to make sure that you are hiring a person for his skills and not his price. Also, paying online can be both expensive and dangerous if not done through the right portals. Do your research. You can send money abroad through many online payment portals. Check for great security and affordable international transfer fees.


One apprehension that people have towards hiring remote team members is that they are not able to supervise them physically. It has been found that remote workers are much more productive than physical workers. This is because they are forced to manage their time more wisely and because there are many productivity apps that you can set up so that all of you are aligned, no matter what timezone you are in.


Another two sided argument that business owners consider is that hiring remote workers can be difficult due to cultural differences. While there might be things that you don’t understand from them, you have to remember that there will always be a thing or two that you can learn from them. The more important thing to remember when hiring is not culture, it’s communication skills. Work ethics can be learned and trained, as long as language is not a problem.


Like everything else, there are good things and bad things about hiring remote members for your business. You need to do your research and ask around from both sides. Don’t automatically discount the idea because you are uncomfortable with it or haven’t tried it. As we move into a new era, explore the different ways of conducting business! It might just work for you!


Working in a remote team or hired one? How is it? Let us know @mscareergirl or in the comments below!


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Ms. Career Girl was started in 2008 to help ambitious young professional women figure out who they are, what they want and how to get it.