How to Hire a Remote Accountant

A step by step guide to finding and onboarding an accountant remotely

Gain practical insights on hiring remote accounts and the value they bring to your business.

We’re sharing practical guidance to hire remote accountants or controllers and understand the benefits of hiring remote accountants from the Philippines. We review the legal considerations, learn about the recruitment process, and gain insights into effectively managing remote teams.

Hiring offshore workers isn’t just a passing fad—it’s become a critical strategy for business continuity in a tight labor market.

Offshore workers expand the talent pool and help companies fill key employment holes efficiently and cost-effectively.

If you’re looking to add an accountant to your team, consider the benefits of a remote offshore professional. We’ll show you how in this guide.

Benefits of Hiring Remote Accountants from the Philippines

Choosing offshore accountants from the Philippines creates a mutually beneficial relationship with no shortage of benefits. For US companies, the benefits add tangible business value, including:

  • Cost savings. Philippines employees tend to command lower wages due to a lower cost of living. They can live comfortable lifestyles on smaller salaries compared to US employees, and those savings create immediate bottom-line value for companies.
  • Access to highly skilled and educated employees. Lower wages don’t equate to reduced skill sets. Accountants in the Philippines boast college backgrounds and experience with accounting software and current tax laws, allowing you the same caliber of expertise as US employees.
  • Time zone flexibility. Most workers hired through Halo can adjust to any time zone. But if you need around-the-clock support, choosing employees in different time zones allows for seamless collaboration.
  • Expansive talent pool. Hiring offshore workers is becoming a more popular option for US businesses, thanks in part to plenty of remote workers ready to seize the opportunity. According to one Kearney report, the Philippines is one of the most attractive countries for business process outsourcing, specifically customer service and back office functions like accounting.

The benefits don’t end there. Depending on your needs, you might find even more to celebrate.

Understanding Your Remote Accounting Needs

If you’re considering adding an accountant to your team, Halo Recruiting can set you up for success. Before you post a job and make that critical hire, let’s lay some groundwork:

First, assess your company’s accounting requirements. Maybe you use a particular software, have special industry regulations to follow, or need employees to work a certain schedule. Figuring out these requirements upfront can help you craft a compelling job description and attract the right talent.

Next, explore the key skills and qualifications that will integrate your remote accountant or controller. Do they need a certain number of years of experience? A Bachelor’s degree? Formal certifications? What about soft skills, like time management, teamwork, and initiative?

Now, combine these insights into a job description for the offshore market. Learn what Philippines workers look for in remote work and cater to those interests to make your posting stand out.

Navigating Legal and Compliance Considerations

International and domestic laws apply when hiring offshore workers, and there’s more to the process than you might realize.

Companies must ensure compliance with both their own country’s employment laws and the laws of the offshore worker’s country. This includes understanding regulations related to wages, working hours, leave entitlements, termination procedures, and workplace safety.

Other areas of legal concern include:

  • Employment contracts (e.g., specific terms of employment to include)
  • Tax obligations (e.g., tax withholdings, reporting requirements, avoidance of double taxation)
  • Data privacy and security (e.g., obtaining access to sensitive company data, adherence to data protection protocols)
  • Labor standards (e.g., international nuances of workplace discrimination, child labor, fair wages)
  • Insurance and liability (e.g., adequate coverage for offshore workers, worker’s compensation)

Aside from legal compliance, there’s also the matter of cultural and language differences. Companies should be mindful of their communications and how to effectively integrate an offshore employee into their existing ecosystem. Cultural sensitivity training can help bridge gaps and foster a positive working relationship with your domestic employees.

Interviewing and Selecting Remote Accountants

With a solid job description and an understanding of the intricacies of remote offshore hiring, you’re ready to start the candidate search. Here’s how we do it at Halo Recruiting:

Conduct Effective Remote Interviews

  • Utilize reliable, widely-used communication tools like Zoom or Google Meet.
  • Choose an interview time based on your normal working hours to ensure they can accommodate your desired schedule.
  • Provide clear instructions for accessing the interview.
  • Prepare interview questions in advance.

Assess Culture Fit and Communication Skills

  • Pay attention to the candidate’s ability to articulate ideas clearly, listen actively, and engage in meaningful dialogue.
  • Observe non-verbal cues.
  • Assess candidates’ ability to collaborate effectively in a remote environment.
  • Use role-playing scenarios or simulated work tasks to assess candidates’ communication skills in action.

Onboard Your New Hire

  • Let Halo Recruiting take the lead in making the deal “official.”
  • Focus on creating a great Day 1.

Partnering with an Agency

Working with an agency that is purpose-built for offshore hiring, can connect you with highly skilled talent in the Philippines that can fuel your business’s growth. They do the heavy lifting, from local tax requirements to hiring paperwork and compliance so you can dive straight into interviews, onboarding, and all the benefits of remote offshore hiring.

While connecting with people around the world is easier than ever thanks to modern technology, the legalities and complexities of bringing them into your company have yet to catch up. That’s why it’s necessary to work with an agency like Halo to help you strengthen your workforce the right way.

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At Halo Recruiting, we understand the challenges related to accessing quality overseas talent.

Positions We Hire For

We can source for any position as long as that positions requirements & responsibilities are accommodated by remote employees.

Where We Hire

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