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US expansion made easy, with Remote

Written by James Doman-Pipe
Mar 14, 2024
James Doman-Pipe


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For any business with global ambitions, entering the US market is a rite of passage.

But understanding and managing a US workforce can be costly and confusing, requiring detailed local knowledge. Each state (and, in some cases, city) has its own tax, benefits, and employment requirements, making compliance a complex and time-consuming process.

With Remote’s integrated US expansion package, building and managing your US employee base is now easier and faster than ever. We handle all the complexity and provide expert support — allowing you to focus on growing your business.

Here’s how it works.

Everything you need in one place

Designed for both US-based and international companies looking to expand stateside, Remote guides you through the legal labyrinth of state and federal regulations. 

From payroll and benefits to taxes and compliance, our suite of flexible payroll and employment options has you covered at every step of your US journey.

You don’t need multiple tool subscriptions, lengthy searches for reliable providers, or unnecessary internal hires. With the knowledge, flexibility and support of Remote, here’s what you can achieve:

Run US payroll in minutes

With our in-house solution, you can streamline your payroll operations and run monthly and/or semi-monthly payroll in minutes. We take care of tax calculations and labor agency registrations, and help with key reporting forms (like W-2s, 1099s, and I-9s).

You can add new employees, calculate salaries and deductions, and meet all your monthly, quarterly, and annual state reporting requirements.

And, when it comes to payday, the process couldn’t be simpler. Payslips are automatically generated and delivered to your employees, while payments are automatically pulled from your funding account and distributed accordingly. We also pay any statutory deductions — like withholding taxes — to the right authorities, giving you one less thing to worry about. 

Offer market-leading benefits to employees

In the US labor market, competitive benefits are not just perks; they’re a basic requirement to help you attract and retain the best talent. In our most recent Global Benefits Survey, 77% of US respondents found private health insurance to be “very important”, with medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance expected as standard. 

With Remote, you can handpick benefits to meet the diverse needs of your workforce. We provide expert guidance on which benefits are standard and which are expected, and work closely with market-leading benefits brokers. This enables you to create tailored, best-in-class packages that work for both your employees and your budget. 

Comply with state regulations

Each state has its own set of regulations and compliance requirements, from labor laws and compensation, to state-specific benefit mandates. And non-compliance with these regulations can lead to reputational damage and significant fines. 

Remote simplifies all this complexity, saving you time and mitigating risk. You can automate state agency registrations, manage compliance at the federal level, and ensure you’re up-to-date with the latest regulations, giving you the peace of mind to focus on your business growth. 

Outsource critical HR tasks

For businesses looking to expand efficiently, working with a professional employer organization (PEO) under a co-employment model can be a game-changer. It enables you to outsource payroll, benefits administration, compliance, safety, and training, without the need to spend time and resources managing these processes in-house.

Now, with Remote, you can hire employees using the PEO model, without complicating your setup. We’ve evaluated many providers and closed a strategic partnership with Sequoia One, the leading provider in the tech vertical.

PEO employees are managed within Remote, but our trusted partner handles payroll, benefits administration, safety, training, and more. This allows you to streamline and focus on your company’s growth.

Manage and pay local and international contractors

Easily work with independent contractors in the US and around the globe with our comprehensive contractor management solution. 

Remote simplifies contractor agreements and onboarding, invoice approvals, and one-click payments. We automate tax documentation, including mandatory 1099-NEC forms, saving you and your team time. 

With our Contractor Management Plus option, you can also guard against the penalties and legal issues that may arise from misclassifying contractors, with up to $1 million of indemnity coverage. 

Manage employee information

Take care of all your day-to-day HR needs — including PTO approvals, expense management, and employee self-serve — in one easy-to-use platform. 

There’s no more disparate systems and spreadsheets; from onboarding to offboarding — and everything in between — you can manage all your day-to-day HR needs in one place. Your employees can also manage their own profiles through the Remote mobile app, reducing HR requests and freeing up time for everyone. 

Hire and manage international talent

Expanding your team in the US (and around the world) has never been easier with our leading employer of record (EOR) service.

With our EOR, you can quickly enter the US market and hire top talent there — all without the hassle of creating a local entity first. You can be set up and working with your new team in a matter of days, not months. 

Even if you already have a US entity, hiring through our EOR service can streamline your operations and reduce the administrative burden, especially when hiring cross-state employees. 

And let’s not forget, you don’t need to be restricted to the US. With Remote, you can hire talent all around the world without setting up local entities. As well as giving you the flexibility of a global talent pool, our EOR service ensures a consistent, compliant process for onboarding, payroll, and benefits — in every single country you operate in. 

Already using Gusto?

If you currently use Gusto to run payroll, you can hire international employees in minutes with Gusto Global, powered by Remote. Through our partnership, you can onboard, manage, and pay global talent in the US or around the world, with no costly entity setup needed — your growth is backed by a team of international HR, legal, tax, and benefits experts. Learn more about Gusto Global.

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Drive your US growth with Remote

When you work with Remote, you can be confident your US expansion will be smooth, strategic, and straightforward. We:

  • Focus on compliance to protect you, your business, and your employees 

  • Vet and partner with only the best providers, using our scale to achieve exclusive savings

  • Support you fully with compliance, considerations, and cultural context, allowing you to make the right decisions for your business

  • Help you manage all your global HR workflows in a single, modern, beautifully-designed, platform that’s easy to use

With Remote, you also gain access to our experienced, in-house, local experts. They can guide you through all the rules, regulations, and cultural context, ensuring that you have the knowledge and support you need to succeed.

Remote is more than just a platform; we’re your partner. To learn more about how we can help you grow and manage your US team, book a demo today.

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