US Contractor Management & Payroll Services

US contractor management and payroll services can help you access top global talent fast and stay focused on your business growth. Instead of managing compliance for contracts and payroll in-house, a global employment partner like Remote makes it easy to pay and manage independent contractors in the United States and the rest of the world.

How to manage American contractor payments

Hiring independent contractors as a foreign employer in the US is not as easy as working with local freelancers. You’ll face an unfamiliar set of labor laws and foreign tax requirements.
The first step to managing contractor payments in the US is determining whether the individuals providing the services are considered independent contractors under US law.

United States Contract Management & Payroll Services

Managing remote workers in the US doesn’t have to be complicated. Fortunately, there is a simple, fast, cost-effective way to hire contractors outside your home country and stay compliant with local labor laws. Partner with a contract management and payroll service provider. You can scale with speed and avoid the significant time and cost commitments needed to build this capability in-house.

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What to expect

What to expect from independent contractor management and payroll services

First and foremost, you can expect a global contractor management and payroll services provider to set up locally compliant contracts and ensure your contractors are paid in their desired currency with speed and accuracy.

Contracts tailored to local labor laws

You should search for a global employment partner that can help you create localized contracts. This means you minimize misclassification risk and stay fully compliant with local US tax and labor laws. Remote’s contractor management platform comes with pre-configured templates created by US employment law experts to protect you and your contractors from fines and penalties.

Fast, easy, and secure global payments

You can remove the significant time and uncertainty of managing US contractor invoicing and payments in-house. Remote's contractor payroll services allow you to simply accept invoices and pay American contractors with one-click. Remote's intuitive platform makes this process frictionless for you and for your contractors.

Intellectual property protection

Contractor management platforms protect your business and sensitive data with industry-leading security, data protection, and compliance. Remote offers the strongest protections in the industry for your intellectual property (IP) and invention rights in the US. Our Remote IP Guard two-step transfer process ensures you always protect the full rights of your company’s IP under any international law.

Support from employment law experts

The best global employment partners provide you with everything you need for effortless contractor management. This doesn't stop at simply managing payroll for local and international contractors. If you need expert advice relevant to the local market, Remote’s support team of employment law experts are always available to help you with your global HR challenges.

This is particularly important for instances of employee classification. Remote’s product is designed to alert us before you may be at risk. Our team can proactively work with you to convert contractors into employees to avoid misclassification penalties.

Benefits of using US contractors

Opening your recruitment pipeline to US contractors gives you access to some of the world’s best global talent. Contractor agreements give you flexibility, speed, and access. Many of the most highly skilled professionals in the United States act as freelancers and consultants, working exclusively under contractor agreements. You can onboard and pay contractors fast, keeping the momentum of your business growth.


What are the benefits of using US contractor management services?

A contractor payroll partner in the US simply allows you to avoid the huge time and cost commitments of building international HR capabilities in-house so you can spend more time growing your business. Ongoing contractor management costs are reduced with multiple efficiencies.

Less admin

A global HR partner like Remote allows you to create and manage payments and invoices with a single click. We offer a variety of payment methods in more than 100 currencies. The platform even allows you to schedule and batch payments of contractor invoices across multiple countries.

Lower costs

Remote's contractor payroll solution also provides cost savings by reducing or eliminating sizable bank transfer and currency conversion fees. That way, you can automatically pay contractors in US dollars without worrying about exchange rates or manual currency conversions.

Minimize risk

Unfortunately, misclassifying employees as contractors or not converting contractors to employees on time can result in expensive fines. In some cases, the government can revoke your authority to operate. However, working with a trusted provider like Remote can give you peace of mind. Our contractor management services ensure compliance when hiring contractors in the US, so that you won't expose yourself to unnecessary risk. 


What are the challenges of managing US contractors?

Staying compliant while managing independent contractors in the US is not easy, especially if you don’t have local HR experts inside your organization.

Remote helps you avoid US misclassification risk

Fortunately, Remote's US independent contractor management services can manage the whole process for you, from onboarding to payments — all from our intuitive platform. We manage compliance on your behalf. Our local experts in covered countries create country-specific contract templates based on US employment law to protect you and your contract workers from fines and penalties.

Contractor compliance checklist

Work through this checklist to help determine if a new hire should have a contractor or employee relationship.

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International Contractor Management Webinar

Join three of Remote’s top experts in a webinar that discusses all you need to know about international contractor management.

Our panel of remote experts includes:

  • Filipa Matos, VP of International Expansion and Ops
  • Roderick van Vliet, Remote’s former Head of Legal
  • James Doman-Pipe, Senior Product Marketing Manager

They will discuss the challenges of international contractor management and address topics including contractor classification, managing invoices, contractor payments, and much more.

Contractor management & payroll process in the US

We’re experiencing a massive shift in how workers and employers are approaching work. Recent research shows that nearly 30% of Americans are self-employed and roughly 14% of workers said being an independent contractor was their primary job. If you are planning on hiring and onboarding contractors in the US and abroad, you should consider partnering with a global employment provider to reduce the cost, risk, and complexity.

What are the stages of the contractor management and payroll process?


Understand local labor laws

Before you engage an international contractor, you must understand your requirements under local laws and tax codes. This keeps you compliant with the specific requirements of each country, including when and how to pay contractors, when and how to withhold local taxes, and how to file and paying taxes. At a minimum, establish contact with local HR, legal and tax expertise you can consult when needed.


Develop compliant contracts

You can’t simply duplicate a universal contract for each country. Your team is responsible for compliance with local labor laws. This protects you from legal action in the event there’s any kind of dispute with your contractor.


Manage your tax requirements

The treatment of taxation should be addressed in your contracts, but you’ll need to ensure you collect the required tax forms from your contractors as part of your onboarding process. In addition, you must report and pay taxes in each country where you have contractors within the locally stipulated time frame.


Process invoices and pay contractors

Employers must be able to receive invoices and pay contractors on time and with accuracy. Collecting invoices is the first step, and you might experience complications if you have multiple contractors in different countries. You’ll need a way to manage foreign exchange and pay people in different countries with minimal fees and delays.


Maintain fast growth for your business

Opening your recruitment pipeline to international contractors can supercharge business growth. You can’t afford to hamper your HR team with ever-increasing administrative burdens as you scale. Build a plan to manage global employment with speed, efficiency, and security. A partner like Remote can take the hassle out of the entire process so your team can focus on strategic work

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Frequently asked questions about American contractor management services and payroll

US employment services and useful resources

If this guide has done its job, then you’re now much more familiar with the steps required to hire legally in the United States. Remote can offer not just an employer of record in the US to bring new talent on board, but we’ll also help manage those overseas hires too.

If you’re still doing your homework, we’ve got these other resources you can check out as well:

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