Does Working with People on the Other Side of the World Really Work?


This is an inside look at what it is like to work in a completely remote team. Many companies would not even consider it as a possibility. They can't imagine working with someone who doesn't come into their office. But when you open your mind, you see the possibilities in hiring a remote team are fantastic. The availability of talent is amazing as you are open to recruiting from the entire world, instead of just your local area.

I've been working with teams in 9 different countries for many years now and have a good sense for what works and what doesn't work with remote staffing.

Working with people on the other side of the world

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Hiring a Virtual assistant in the Philippines


I’ve been working with a personal assistant in the Philippines now for several years, and she is amazing! But it’s easy to get it totally wrong and have the experience be a waste of time (or even a nightmare).

So if you are hiring a virtual assistant in the Philippines, here are some tips to make sure it works for you.

Virtual assistant tasks

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The Difference in Skill Levels in the Philippines, Russia and the US


How do the skills match up between the U.S. (a high income country) versus Russia (middle income), and the Philippines (a lower income country)? The results might be surprising to some of you!


First, how different are pay rates between these countries?

You can hire a Philippines based web developer for example for a salary of anywhere from $3 per hour to $14 per hour. (Around $5,000 to $25,000 per year).  The equivalent “range” in the U.S. would be $50,000 - $150,000 per year. For Russia, it would be $20,000 to $60,000.

The range varies widely depending on experience and the city the person lives in. However, this doesn’t tell you very much as you need to compare the skill level of the people you are hiring.

Ideally you want to compare people with similar skill levels. Check this out:

The Difference in Skill Levels of Web Developers in the Philippines, Russia and the US

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An Experiment in Choosing a Domain Name


Finding a good domain name for a startup is very difficult. If you make a mistake with your domain name or brand it’s a crucial mistake that is hard to recover from. It’s important to spend time on this process and to research all the possible alternatives and then select the best alternative.

For we have an interesting case study for how we selected a domain name and brand name. I think other startups might find it valuable to look at how we approached the issues.

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