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07 May 2020

Local vs. Remote Hiring: Benefits and Drawbacks of a Dispersed Workforce

Hiring Local vs Remote

When you're looking for a long-term employee and don't have experience managing remote teams, the safe bet is to hire locally

Having face-to-face conversations makes it much easier to onboard new employees, especially if you don't have a remote work policy in place or if you don't have prior experience managing remote employees. 

This is less of a limiting factor when you need help with a short-term project. In which case, you should consider hiring remotely because the investment is lower and there are fewer risks.   

What's your budget?

One of the main reasons companies consider outsourcing or hiring remote employees in the first place is the clear cost-benefit. Some of the expenses you can expect to save on are office rental & equipment, employee benefits, taxes, and so on. When hiring from the global market you aren't paying U.S. or Canadian taxes which will also save you money. 

Pros of hiring locally:

Cons of hiring locally:

Pros of a remote / distributed workforce:

Cons of a remote / distributed workforce:

All in all, there are various benefits and potential disadvantages both for hiring local employees and outsourced or remote workers. It’s important to consider all angles and decide what suits your business best before making a decision.

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