Outsourcing Overseas Grows in Popularity

2,200 small businesses recently took part in a survey by Freelancer.co.uk to answer questions about how much outsourcing to other countries they were currently doing, and the results were revealed this month. The survey, the results of which were published in Techwatch, found that outsourcing to developing countries has grown dramatically in the last year – by a total of 35%. Pakistan, the Philippines and India were the most popular places to outsource work to, and the popularity of China was also growing. The survey also found that businesses are planning to hire even more overseas freelancers in 2015. Why Is Overseas Outsourcing Increasing in Popularity? There are many reasons why outsourcing overseas is becoming more popular. According to the survey, businesses outsource more because: They can hire people to do specialised tasks that they cannot do themselves. They are able to increase their capacity by not having to turn down work. They can take advantage of the cheaper price of hiring foreign freelancers. Why This Is Good News for Remote Workers The fact that more businesses are prepared to hire people overseas means that the practice is becoming normalised. As it continues to grow in popularity, confidence in the [...]

Is It Time to Hire a VA?

Whether you are a self-employed freelancer, entrepreneur or running a business with numerous employees, anyone can make use of a virtual assistant (VA). The ability to call on someone whenever you need odd jobs carried out – often small jobs that are not highly skilled such as admin, phone calls, emails, typing, etc – can help you to focus on other more important aspects of your business. All those time-consuming jobs are essential, but sometimes it is easy to feel like you could be spending your time so much more productively, and this is where a VA can help. Here are a few things to consider when you hire one. Look Far and Wide If you are working abroad, you may have clients in different countries so you already know all about working across borders. Take a global perspective when you look for a VA. You may be able to get a better rate by searching further afield, so it is always worth looking. If you hire someone who does not have English as their first language, for many tasks this will be fine. However, be careful about the type of work you need. If you require writing, a native [...]

Who Exactly Are Remote Workers?

Many people work remotely all over the world. This sometimes means working as an employee for a company but from home rather than in the office, but it can also mean working in a self-employed capacity from overseas.

Where Are the Best & Worst Countries to Do Business?

If you’re planning on going abroad and setting up a business, one of the first things you will have to do is decide on a destination. You may already have somewhere in mind, perhaps somewhere with a beach, palm trees and year-round sunshine.

Top Smartphone Apps for Living Abroad

The latest super phones were recently revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where devices like the Samsung S5 showed off the latest advances in mobile technology.

CES 2014: 5 Best Gadgets for Remote Workers

The biggest technology show of the year has already been and gone: but what were the best gadgets on display that looked interesting for remote workers? Here are five exciting gadgets that could soon offer useful benefits to remote workers everywhere.

Managing Remote Workers: Top Tools for Bosses

Being a remote worker is great, but what about managing a team of remote workers? Whether you are the boss of a company and choose to have your employees working from home, or you work with a team of freelancers, there are a number of tools that may come in handy to make your life easier. Here are some of the best.

From The Scottish Borders To The Hustle And Bustle Of Hong Kong!

Marc grew up around the Scottish Borders and after a short contract took him to South Korea he knew he just had to get back to Asia! Marc now owns his own business in Hong Kong and tells us about his new life with his family.

Staying in Touch with Business Contacts Back Home

Staying in touch with business contacts is crucial in order to maintain good working relationships. One of the largest perceived problems with working overseas is staying in touch with your business contacts back home, but actually it shouldn’t be a problem at all.

Travelling The World Darryl’s Way

After being fed up of the English non-summers and cold winters Darryl and his wife Lindy decided to make their dreams into reality, travelling the world experiencing Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and now Thailand.

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