I recently put out some content about the higher demand for US-based developers that I’ve seen with my clients.
It led to a discussion about why companies want to hire only US-based developers when there are great developers outside of the US as well.
Companies have to face legal issues, visas, exchange rates, pay outside of the US, and tax implications. But if they can overcome the legal side, they can often find great developers outside of the US as well.
I try to advocate for remote hires whenever I can. I recently had a client who was looking to hire just within the US. But I had the perfect candidate for them in Latin America. I told them about the candidate and urged them to look at him as a possibility.
They’re working out the details now, but it looks like it’s going to work out. Some companies are willing to just go for it and hire contractors outside of the US. Others are more cautious.
Of course, I’m not a legal or tax expert, and you should always consult one for official help if you need. You definitely have to adhere to legal standards, but it’s absolutely doable.
It pays to be cautious, but I think it’s worth expanding your look outside of the US when hiring developers.