Remote for Startups

Whether you're pre-seed with grand plans or scaling up to list – Remote takes the chaos out of compliance so you can pay and manage a global team with speed. Plus, eligible startups can access a 15% discount on Remote for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months.

Hire, pay, and retain the best talent in the world

Remote handles international onboarding, payroll, taxes, contract generation, compliance, and more so your startup can reach across borders for the perfect hire. You focus on finding the best people while Remote makes managing global HR easy.

  • Hire the best global talent with speed and security

  • Banish your HR burden and refocus on your business

  • Manage all employees and contractors in one intuitive platform

The HR platform for global businesses

Hire employees in any country

No local entity? No problem. Remote helps you hire globally while handling your payroll, benefits, taxes, and compliance, keeping your employees happy and your company secure.

  • Onboard employees in days, not weeks

  • Manage all your HR tasks in one place

  • Pay your team on time, in their local currency

  • Offer benefits and perks to attract and retain top talent

  • Offboard employees in compliance with local laws

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Pay contractors, quickly and compliantly

No more emails, spreadsheets, or manual payments. Use Remote to onboard, manage, and pay contractors around the world.

  • Pay freelancers in their own currency in 200+ countries

  • Protect against risk with localized contracts

  • Schedule, approve, and auto pay invoices

  • Get easy payment reports and tax filing support

  • Offer contractors health benefits at discounted rates

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Run international payroll in minutes with confidence

Pay your team on time, every time. Consolidate your multi-country payroll process to pay your entire team quickly, accurately, and compliantly.

  • Ensure you pay the right tax in every country

  • Review and approve payroll, expenses, incentives, and time off

  • Process off-cycle pay runs with built-in flexibility

  • Onboard new starters and process leavers with a few clicks

  • Download payment files and summary reports

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Consolidate your HR tech stack

Ditch the spreadsheets, manual work and multiple logins. Now you can manage your entire global workforce in one platform.

  • De-silo your data with one simple hub for your whole team

  • Configure unique roles and permissions for your approvers

  • Onboard new hires one at a time or via bulk upload

  • Customize onboarding checklists and track new hire progress

  • Generate employee documents with a single click

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Exclusive offer

Take advantage of Remote's special startup offer

Enroll your startup now and get a 15% discount on Remote for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months with promo code RFS15OFF.

Exclusive benefits

  • Get 15% off our employer of record services on all full-time hires made in your first year with Remote.

  • Get 15% off all of our contractor management services during your first year with Remote.

  • Get 15% off our global payroll services in your first year with Remote.

  • Get access to our HRIS platform for free and start managing your entire team in one place.

  • Schedule a free consultation with one of our HR experts to evaluate your future growth plans and global employment needs.

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Is your startup eligible?

To qualify, you must have raised pre-seed, seed, or Series A funding from a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization.

Want a sweeter deal?

We work with hundreds of leading investors across the globe. If you’re backed by one of our VC or private equity partners, you can unlock a superior discount.

Refer your venture capital or private equity firm

We believe we’re better together. That’s why we’re excited to grow the roster of VC partners under our Remote for Startups program. Introduce us to your venture capital or private equity firm, and you’ll unlock even bigger savings.

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Limited time offer available through 12/31/24. Discount is valid for 12 months from accepting your terms of service agreement, after which all prices are automatically adjusted to full price rates. Valid promo code must be applied during new customer sign up. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Discount is available on full-price products only. Remote reserves the right to change these promotion terms at any time.

Go from startup to scale-up with ease

Remote acts as your true global employment partner. You get one comprehensive platform to handle onboarding, payroll, and compliance with ease.

  • Offer stock options with expert tax advice

    Foster ownership and morale with your team by offering stock options or equity incentives to international employees. Our global equity expertise keeps you compliant every step of the way, from equity planning to tax withholding and reporting.

  • Rapid onboarding for quick team growth

    Stop spending time responding to employee and contractor queries thanks to our guided onboarding process, intuitive platform (including time off and reimbursement management), and strong self-serve support resources.

  • Manage taxes and compliance across the globe

    Leverage Remote's 100% owned-entity model in 85+ countries, giving you a global footprint without the burden, risk, and cost. Stay compliant during every step of the hiring and employment process with built-in security and proactive monitoring that covers right to hire, payroll, taxes, benefits, and more.

  • Competitive, localized benefits to boost employee retention

    Access country-specific benefits packages at highly-negotiated prices so you can offer equitable, best-in-class benefits to your employees for a fraction of the usual cost. That means you can compete locally for talent on a global scale.

  • Managed relocation, work permits, and visas

    Keep your talent no matter where they go with Remote's in-house relocation expertise. Remote ensures the correct right-to-work permissions are in place to keep employment agreements globally compliant during cross-border moves.

  • Easily convert independent contractors to employees

    Stay ahead of investor scrutiny, avoid misclassification penalties, and retain top talent with Remote's in-house guidance on converting contractors to employees.

  • Ironclad IP protection to maintain ownership

    Protect your startup's IP and invention rights with Remote's rock-solid security provisions. We monitor changes in IP law and update agreements and protections constantly to keep your business protected.

  • Best-in-class service from Remote's global HR experts

    Our team of Remote customer support experts are on-hand right across the world to offer you the help and support you need at any stage of the employment process.

Don’t just take our word for it

See how we help customers simply hire, pay and manage their team

  • “We’re a publicly listed company, so we needed the stability and reliability of a well-known brand to help us scale; with the support, roadmap, and ability to ensure full legal compliance wherever we wanted to hire. Remote immediately ticked all those boxes."
  • "Remote is a very strong partner for us. Onboarding is easy and everything is compliant, from their benefits, payroll, contract and other nuances specific to that particular country. The platform is very easy and straightforward for the new joiners, which wasn't the case with our previous provider. It’s a better experience for our global workforce."
  • “Remote has been instrumental in our growth. It would have been impossible to manage such a high volume of hires without their support. They provide the whole package.”

Loved by thousands of today’s top globally-distributed organizations

Attract, employ, and retain globally, from inception to IPO

Book a demo now to access special discounts with promo code RFS15OFF.

How to compare the best global HR and payroll software for your company

  • Pricing

  • EOR Capabilities

  • Global Payroll Capabilities

  • Contractor Capabilities

  • Security

  • Integrations




$599 per employee per month

Starts at $500 per employee per month, up to $600

Additional fees for employees

No additional fees



$29 per contractor per month: only pay for the contractors you actually work with

No public pricing

Additional fees for contractors

3% credit card processing fee



$55 per employee per month

No public pricing

Additional fees for global payroll

Implementation: 1 month of payroll

Year-end closing: 1 month of payroll

Optional country-specific services apply separately



15% discount on Remote service fees for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months with the code RFS15OFF

No startup program

Social Purpose Organizations (nonprofits, charities, social enterprises, benefit corporations)

15% discount on Remote service fees for an unlimited number of hires for 12 months with the code RFG15OFF

No social purpose organization program

Hiring Refugee Talent

Free EOR services for up to 10 refugee employees with the code RFR10FREE

No refugee talent program

Owned entities

100% fully owned entities

Country Explorer

Limited country availability

Localized benefits package and administration

Ironclad IP and invention rights protection

Equity incentive planning support

Employee mobile app

Transparent service metrics


Number of countries supported


Not public

Government / Labor authority declarations

Tax authority declarations


Payroll support

Global payments

Exchange fees

Mid-market rate plus 1%


Locally compliant contracts

Tax document management

Localized guidance for hiring contractors in each country

Contractor payment methods

Wire transfer, Wise, Payoneer


Contractor payment card

Contractor health benefits

GDPR Compliant

SOC 2 Compliant

ISO 27001 Certified

Customizable API





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Frequently asked questions

An EOR, or employer of record, is a type of payroll service that allows startups to hire workers in other countries legally, quickly, and easily. However, not all EORs offer the same services or provide the same experience. Many older EORs charge exorbitant fees and cater exclusively to enterprise companies, giving startups the impression they cannot access global talent without paying high rates. Fortunately, that is not the case. EORs like Remote allow startups to access the same great global talent as the world’s largest companies at startup-friendly prices.

Price is not the only factor when evaluating EORs, however. Startups should also ask the following questions to ensure they work with the right EOR partner:

  • Does this EOR actually own entities in other countries or just resell the services of a third-party provider?

  • Can the EOR guarantee protection for the startup’s mission-critical intellectual property and invention rights?

  • Does the EOR have the security features necessary to protect company and employee information?

  • For startups offering equity to employees, can the EOR help manage that equity plan across international borders, including tax withholding?

  • Can the EOR also handle international contractor management?

  • Does the EOR charge extra for basic services like benefits administration?

  • Are there any special discounts for startups available?

In short: because not outsourcing HR services is more expensive for startups. Small, quickly growing companies cannot spare the resources or the time necessary to manage every HR function in house. This is not to say startups should not have HR teams — on the contrary, great HR leaders are invaluable for startups looking to scale past a certain point. However, building an entire HR team to handle payroll, benefits, taxes, compliance, and stock options does not make financial or operational sense, especially when services exist to handle all of these tasks for startups specifically.

Even the largest enterprises outsource many of their HR services. Want to hire someone in a new country? An employer of record is a type of outsourced HR that can help. Need to run a compensation review? There are companies and resources for that, too. For startups, where every resource is best dedicated toward the company’s central mission, outsourcing HR services is the most sensible course of action.

Outsourcing payroll allows startups to save time, conserve budget for more mission-critical uses, and ensure that everyone who works for the company has a great experience. Nothing can kill a team’s momentum like a round of missed payroll or benefits that don’t actually work. As much as startup employees want to build something great, they also want to be paid on time, access their health insurance, save for retirement, and take time off. Keeping these functions in house not only takes up valuable time for startup leaders, but can even create animosity between team members and the leadership team if something goes wrong.

By outsourcing payroll, startups can offload a time-consuming and sensitive process while greatly reducing the number of errors and frustrations employees experience. Which is more likely to succeed: a team of people who are constantly battling to get their salary payments corrected, or a team of people who can rely on regular deposits and are free to focus on the startup’s core goals?

Of course, every company and situation is unique. That’s why it’s important for startups to consider all the reasons to outsource payroll before deciding on a course of action or specific provider.

We understand cash is an important resource at this stage in your growth as a startup. With that in mind, we're offering promotional pricing for qualified startups that would benefit from using Remote as a tool to fuel their growth.

In order to be eligible to receive the Remote for Startups discount, you must have raised pre-seed, seed, or Series A funding from a venture capital firm, accelerator, incubator, or other startup-enabling organization.

As long as you fit our criteria, you can take advantage of special startup pricing, which consists of a 15% discount on Remote’s services.

All you need to do is fill out , make sure the RFS15OFF promo code is applied, and you'll be on your way to some serious savings.

Yes! If your investor is not a Remote for Startups partner, we'd love to chat with them! Introduce us, and you'll get an additional 5% off (up to a 20% discount).

We partner with various regional and global entities, such as incubators, accelerators, venture capital and private equity firms, angel syndicates, and other startup-enabling organizations who actively invest in and support the growth of startups. We're looking for a mutually beneficial relationship where partners promote Remote's benefits within their community.

If this sounds like you, and you'd like to learn more about how you can get involved, head over to this page, and sign up to become a Remote for Startups partner!