With globalization and the internet playing such large role in the world’s economy, more and more businesses are working with international team members. The job market is no longer limited to local players, rather talent can be sourced from anywhere and relocation is not necessary. This allows companies to hire people all around the world without having to set up international offices or invest in expensive overhead.
The remote team is here to stay, but there are some essentials that you will need to get started:
- A Business
Depending on your line of business, you might benefit from registering your business in the country you live in, while in others, the one that you plan on operating in. Your key location, though not necessarily important for operations, can determine your legislation, taxation, and more. If you think it could make a big difference to you, consider reaching out to a lawyer who specializes in international corporate matters. Some businesses are more conducive to others when it comes to assembling a remotely working team, examples being digital marketing agencies, tech startups, content-driven services, customer service contractors or market research groups. If you really want to capitalize on the international market, you might consider opening something in which the native language of your foreign workers is seen as an asset, like translation or sales.
Finding talent is difficult. Many corporations spend thousands or even millions of dollars in hiring the right people for the jobs they have. Now that you are casting a large net geographically, it can make it even more difficult. Consider searching through networks like LinkedIn or get in touch with recruiting companies that might have head hunters specialized in the specific type of personnel you are after. Once you have found candidates that you like, you’ll have to work through the labor laws to offer contracts that bind them to you legally, no matter which country they are living in or working from.
Since your team members will be working independently, it’s key that they understand the core values, mission, and services of your company. Preparing a handbook with policies, answers to common questions, and a code of conduct can save you a lot of grief later on. It will also save some time with onboarding new employees as you continue adding to the team. Supplement this handbook with a couple of training modules, Skype calls, or short in-person training camps that bring the team together while imparting key information they need to complete their jobs.
- An ERP
As team members you need to communicate. Choose NetSuite ERP to help you meet your business needs and industry requirements. An ERP is an enterprise resource planning platform and you can use it to share information, store customer and product information, get real time communication, all without the need of a central server. Since it’s cloud based, it’s perfectly suited for a remote team environment.
As international business grows and globalization continues to blur the lines between countries and economies, companies choosing to use remote workers will thrive as they access the best and the brightest out there. It also allows people to travel and attain the work-life balance that they wanted, making it a desirable option for employees as well.
However, it’s not as easy as just logging into your computer or being friends on Facebook. Though there are fewer costs than if you needed to invest in a large local office, there are still some tools that you will need to acquire and develop if you want to run a successful business based on remote team players.