Hiring remotely is becoming the trend with smart business people these days, and it’s obvious why. Companies can get higher quality at great value and employees gain personal freedom
This is beneficial for both sides, and no wonder that even the giants in the business world are hiring more and more people to work remotely.
However, while the freelance workforce is developing and growing every day, sometimes it’s a case of quantity rather than quality. In the past, we have hired freelancers from all over the world, and to be honest with you, we got the best results while working with Eastern Europeans.
That’s how JobRack was born. The idea of connecting high-quality Eastern European job seekers with companies worldwide was mind-blowing.
For the past few years we’ve managed to connect so many companies with Eastern European workers, and today we want to tell you why you should do the same.
Why You Should Hire Freelancers From Eastern Europe
We take the hiring process very seriously. We believe it’s one of the most crucial parts of every business and if done properly, your company will thrive.
On the other hand, missing a good opportunity can be fatal for your business.
Eastern Europeans demonstrate their dedication, talent and go-getter mentality every day both within our business and for the hundreds of employers that have hired again and again through JobRack, and here are the top 5 reasons why we think they are the best option for your business too.
Another thing to think about is that there are many things you should be doing if you want to grow your business, and hiring remotely is definitely one of them.
1. Strong Education
Countries of Eastern Europe have always had strong education systems throughout history and no wonder many famous scientists and inventors like Marie Curie, Nikola Tesla, and Nicolaus Copernicus were born and educated there.
The top universities in Romania alone include 59 domain-specific universities and 174 private colleges with technical specialties which results in 70,000 graduates each year. This results in a huge volume of high-quality developers, designers and a wide range of technically skilled graduates available to work for you from Eastern Europe. (1)
Education factor plays a substantial role in the quality of work of Eastern European jobseekers. If you’ve ever been frustrated by the low quality of work or ability to think independently of your remote workers then consider carefully whether you’re hiring for the right standards that you and your business deserve.
We’ve seen this time and time again, businesses come to us having been frustrated with poor remote team members before, only to be astounded by the incredible results and drive they get from their new Eastern European hires.
2. Stable Internet Connections
Stable infrastructure and strong internet connections are essential for remote workers and happily these are core characteristics of Eastern European countries. You will never experience typhoons, extensive power interruptions or slow internet connections when you work with jobseekers from Eastern Europe.
According to Ookla broadband testing service’s data: Eastern European countries internet connections are extremely stable and here are the average speeds for only 4 countries of Eastern Europe:
- Download: 38.93 Mbps,
- Upload: 32.49 Mbps,
- Download: 41.27 Mbps,
- Upload: 41.66 Mbps
- Download: 129.82 Mbps,
- Upload: 98.61 Mbps
- Download: 36.15 Mbps,
- Upload: 15.87 Mbps
Speed is of course an important factor, but more important than that is stability. You won’t do anything with your 200/100 Mbps internet if the connection keeps snapping and lagging.
3. Compatible Time zone
As William Penn says: “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
If you hire Eastern European jobseekers, you are more likely to ensure better time management by being able to have cross over between your and your new Eastern European team members.
If you are based in the USA, it’s tough to find a convenient time for Asia-based jobseekers. However, it’s much easier to arrange time to speak and to work with Eastern Europe based jobseekers.
Below is an image showing you the time difference between Central European Standard Time, Philippine Standard Time, Eastern Standard Time and India Standard Time.
Based on these figures, you can see that the time difference between New York and Belgrade is 6 hours, compared to 12 hours in Manila, Philippines.
4. Strong Work Ethics
There are numerous character traits that Eastern European jobseekers exhibit. However, we have singled out those that we consider are most important, and will help you most in your hiring process.
- Ability to Relate – Eastern Europeans understand and can relate closely to Western culture. This leads to a much stronger ability to work on a direct level with you
- Honesty and Integrity – Eastern European jobseekers will never promise you something that they can’t deliver. If they can’t produce results, they will tell you upfront.
- Willingness to Earn Trust – In most cases, Eastern European jobseekers will accept to do a small task to prove their skills and knowledge and will do that for free. They understand that working remotely has its cons when it comes to building trust between employer and employee, and will do everything in their power to make that process easy.
There is one characteristic trait that almost every Eastern European possesses, and that is grittiness. They might complain about a few things, but rest assured they will overcome every challenge you set.
As long as we are talking about their characteristic traits, we cannot forget to mention their work-life balance, which is more balanced than Western countries. Just this particular feature will bring you a jobseeker who is not distracted and who is determined to overcome any challenge.
5. Comfortable Cost of Living
Have you ever traveled to Eastern Europe?
If not then we should let you in on a few fun facts:
Did you know that in Belgrade (Serbia), or Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), you can drink a cup of coffee for only $1? And the best thing about it is the coffee is amazing! You can drink Lavazza or Stretto coffee for as low as $1!
Did you know in the central city area in Sofia you can rent a place to live for only $250/month?
That’s not all. If you love biking, you can rent a bike for $10 per day in Moldova.
It is a well-known fact that life in Eastern Europe is much more affordable than in other countries of West Europe. However, there are still differences lot of people do not pay attention to.
For example, the cost of living can differ even between the different cities of the same country. We’ll take Serbia for example. Prices in Belgrade are 50% higher compared to places 10-50 kilometers outside the capital.
No matter what the cost of living is, make sure you never underpay your employees. If you pay peanuts, you’ll get monkeys, and that’s just the way it goes.
Now, this is important because many employers we’ve worked with at Jobrack asked us:
- What price should I offer for this job?
- Which price is right for full-time monthly salaries?
- Should I pay hourly?
- How to know that I won’t hire too early?
- Perhaps I should hire part-time?
- What are the benefits of hiring full-time?
- Is it maybe better to outsource this?
Now, of course, a lot of these questions you can only answer depending on your business.
We are working hard on gathering all information needed to build a post for our employers and help them to make best possible solution. Until then, you can reach out to us directly on our Facebook page or simply in our contact form and we will answer any questions you have.
Eastern Europeans are game changers for any type of business and working with them is a true pleasure.
Don’t just take our word for it check out what some of our happy employers have to say.
On JobRack, you can find extraordinary job seekers who can help you achieve your goals and scale up your business.