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At GrowthSandwich we love remote hiring.

In fact, all of our team members are working remotely.

This approach has its pros and cons.

And today I am going to tell you exactly how we run one of the most successful remote agencies in the UK.

Ready?

Let’s dive right in!

Contents

Chapter 1: What is Remote Hiring?

Chapter 2: Benefits of Remote Hiring

Chapter 3: Remote Hiring Disadvantages

Chapter 4: Last Thoughts

Chapter 1: What is Remote Hiring?

This is the most obvious question.

So, what is remote hiring?

According to a definition by Distant Job:

“Hiring remote workers means employing people who work outside the office or business.”

Having a remote team has its benefits and drawbacks.

As you can see in the below graph, the overall interest for remote working is growing year after year:

Remote Working on Google Trends

There are many remote companies nowadays, hiring top talent from all over the world.

Also, there are many work from home jobs professionals can choose from.

If you think about it, having a remote job can be very liberating.

In fact, people who work at home report to be more productive with a staggering 86% saying that they prefer remote work over a traditional office job.

There are many remote job opportunities right now, both part-time and full-time.

Even though there are more full-time remote positions than part-time ones, there is a notable benefit to working remotely:

Remote workers are better paid than regular workers.

According to the 2017 State of Telecommuting in the U.S. Employee Workforce:

The average annual income for most telecommuters is $4,000 higher than that of non-telecommuters.

Not bad, right?

Another term that is quite popular nowadays is “digital nomad.”

Digital Nomad on Google Trends

When hiring remotely, the hiring process and the onboarding process is a bit different —

The overall cooperation though can be even better than working with regular employees.

But, why do we prefer hiring remote team members here at Growth Sandwich?

Keep reading, and you will find out.

Chapter 2: Benefits of Remote Hiring

There are many benefits when it comes to having a remote team.

At Growth Sandwich we work remotely not only because of the cost-benefits.

Below you will find some of the most critical aspects of remote hiring for us.

1) Attract top talent

Most of the times, talented people can’t bare working the typical 9 to 5.

Eventually, they will get bored and leave.

Don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean that people who work 9 to 5 are not gifted.

However, the best talents out there prefer working to companies that offer them a flexible working schedule.

This flexibility is what helps them find work-life balance.

Remote hiring allows us to recruit talented team members regardless if it is for a part-time or full-time position.

Let’s move on to the next one.

2) Offer liberty and security at the same time

This one is important.

Remote employees feel secure and free at the same time.

  • Secure because they work for an established business that covers all their needs
  • Free because they can have their own schedule and choose their work environment

Our team members have the freedom to work the times they want, as soon as they get things done.

Moreover, they feel secure, similarly to working to a company that has offices and specific working hours.

3) Offer higher salaries

Hiring remotely allows you to offer higher salaries.

Let me explain how that works.

When you are hiring remotely, you can hire people from other countries as long as they speak your language and are close to your time zone.

There are two things that you can take advantage of here:

  1. The average salary in the country that your remote employees live
  2. The exchange rate between your currency and the currency in your employees country

Trust me; this can make a big difference.

Let me share an example with you.

Here is one of our job postings in AngelList for a Growth Marketer in Athens (Greece):

AngelList Job Post

In Greece, the average monthly salary used to be 633€ and most recently increased to 780€.

Average Salary in Greece

I am not saying that working with us is like hitting a goldmine but what we are offering as a base salary is 40% more than the country’s average.

And, given the fact that there are many top talents in Greece, hiring remotely can truly benefit your business.

4) Avoid the hassle of commuting

You know what I am talking about. 

Endless hours in the traffic, standing still on the subway or walking (almost running) to get to your office on time.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, people in the U.S. who commute to a full-time 5-day-a-week job, spend 200 hours every year (nearly nine days) in commuting alone.

Astonishing, isn’t it?

By having a remote work, our employees don’t waste time in commuting. 

Instead, they spend your time doing the actual job and sharpening their skills.

Chapter 3: Remote Hiring Disadvantages

Having remote employees has certain disadvantages.

You can say that it’s a matter of perspective.

But, the truth is that running a remote team has some drawbacks.

What are the disadvantages of remote hiring for us and how we control them?

1) Distance is reflected in the personal relationship

Working together can help you connect with your other team members.

Unfortunately, you don’t have that luxury when hiring remotely.

The whole hiring process, the interview process and the onboarding process are all different.

Most importantly, not being able to have face-to-face conversations can create a distance.

You have to be prepared about it and try to connect with your A-players differently.

For example, website visitors tracking software Leadfeeder has a “team week” once every six months for its remote employees, where all people from all different countries would come together for a week and get to know each other better.

Leadfeeder Home Page

You have to find ways to get people closer so that the distance doesn’t affect the team’s relationships.

In Growth Sandwich, we are trying to get all team members together at least two times per year.

This is how we are managing to maintain healthy relationships besides the distance between us.

2)  You need people who need minimum supervision

As I mentioned earlier, when you are hiring remotely, you need A-players.

You talented people who:

  • Are responsible
  • Own the place
  • Get things done
  • Need minimum supervision

You are probably wondering why.

It’s because of the distance.

You have to be sure that the people who work with you will deliver.

Of course, you need the same thing when hiring in your offices.

However, the distance makes it necessary to work with people who are responsible and need minimum supervision to deliver excellent results.

Thus, you have to 100% sure about your candidates’ skills before hiring them.

Last but certainly not least, you have to create clear and easy-to-use processes for new team members.

In our experience, this can help you identify bad hires quickly.

And, as the great marketers and entrepreneur Neil Patel puts it, you should always:

“Hire slow, fire fast.”

3) Spending too many hours inside your house

If you’ve ever worked remotely, then you know what I am talking about.

Staying too many hours inside your house can harm your physical and mental health.

And this is a problem that remote teams have to overcome.

But, how can they overcome this obstacle?

Nowadays, in many big cities, many co-working spaces and cafes that are open to freelancers and people who have remote positions.

Like SOHO WORKS in East London’s Tea Building:

SOHO WORKS

All you have to do is conduct a Google search and find a desk or office within your budget.

Coworking Spaces London

This will be far better than working at home.

Let’s move on to the last one.

4) Perception is different when working remotely

This one is critical.

We’ve noticed that when working from a distance can cause a perception gap.

If you think about it, it’s normal.

Why?

For several reasons:

  • People who can’t communicate with you face-to-face
  • Can’t see your reactions in real time
  • Can misinterpret your criticism and come to their conclusions

This is why you should set some ground rules early on.

You have to explain that what happens is not personal and explain that criticism is an integral part of the process.

Some tools that we are using to make sure everyone’s is following our processes are:

Chapter 4: Last Thoughts

As I hope it is evident by now, remote hiring has its advantages and disadvantages.

If you choose it for your business, you have to be aware of both the pros and the cons.

I am sure that this article will help you understand remote hiring a bit better.

Because only if you do, you will be able to take the most out of it.

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About the Author: Aggelos M

Aggelos M
I have over 8 years experience in Digital and Growth marketing. Currently, running Growth Sandwich, a London based Product Growth Lab. Before turning in Growth Marketing and Product Growth, I had the chance to pass by head marketing and head digital positions in Athens and London, work with numerous tech startups but also build and run companies. In my spare time, I am consulting ambitious startups about their Growth and Business strategy.