Why we started Boundless

compliant internationally remote employment

Eamon Leonard is co-founder of Boundless and has spent his career building products, teams, communities and companies. Having worked in remote settings for over a decade, Eamon has been frustrated by the barriers to growth that non-compliant employment presents, and is dedicated to making it easy for companies to employ anyone, anywhere.

So, hello! We’re Boundless, and we make it easy to employ anyone, anywhere!

The last few years have seen a rise in both people working in remote locations, and tools/services helping them to do so.

What was once a strategic decision to expand internationally, driven by market forces, and only available to companies at scale and with deep resources, is now available to smaller operations. However, this is often driven by a reactionary need to either find talent or to accommodate existing team members who wish to relocate.

In such cases there are typically two approaches:

a) All remote/international employees are treated as contractors, they send invoices to their “employer”, are responsible for their own taxes, and do not benefit from local employment laws.

This might get you up and running quickly, but with every new hire you risk running foul of employment law. It also can contribute to an “us v’s them” culture between people who are actual employees v’s mere contractors.

– OR –

b) The company decides to set up a subsidiary or legal entity in the employee’s country and employs them directly.

This means you can be compliant with tax and employment laws, however this is a process that can take months and be expensive, especially if you have to do this in multiple countries. It can also mean you don’t get to make a key hire.

Ultimately, both approaches are barriers to growth.

Boundless makes it possible to get up and running quickly, with less effort, for less cost. We’re early stage, and pre-launch. It will become clear how we do this over time, but for now, I’ll just say that as someone with a background in cloud infrastructure there is so much room for automation in this space…

If this is a problem you’re facing at your company, we’d love to talk to you — drop me a line: eamon@boundlesshq.com


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