Sometimes very tiny misunderstandings can set you up for failure. This is a Mytake accounting 3 aspects of my experiences working remote internationally, and methods to ensure accuracy or simply to help you prepare.
TIME ZONES: ⏳⌚⏰⏱⏲🕰
1) Ensure which time zone hours they refer to. Is Eastern Time another way of saying Eastern Standard Time? I thought so at first but it is NOT. To make it worse, when I typed ET into the search engine, only results for EST came up; this made me want to assume that ET and EST were synonyms. But, I was still skeptical, thankfully, so I double-checked on one of the trusted websites where EST showed up as a result, I searched directly on that same website for ET and saw it was different.
2) Most people would know that you should never read one article on an important topic, no matter how much in a rush you are. If you didn't know, now you do.
3) I found this cool website that might come in handy if you are dealing with more than one foreign client at the same time. https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/
CVs/ RESUMES: 📃📰📑📄📃
One CV simply will not do.
1) A CV should either have a photo or not have one. Discrimination Laws in certain countries sort of "forbid" Cvs with photos, and in other countries, CVs without photos won't be considered.
2) Researching each country you are interested in working with and classifying them into groups can make things easy for the future. Some websites already group them for you. What to research? : How many personal details to add about yourself. Also, in Foreign-speaking countries, check to see if CVs require a permission clause (this clause can be copy and pasted into your CV).
PAYMENT OPTIONS 💰💵💶💶💶💵💵💴💴
To save you time, research some of the popular payment options to see if they work with your country of residence. You would also want to decide if the option is cost-effective. For example, sometimes your country of residence will charge you a large sum in order for you to receive foreign currency by bank transfer. You may also have an additional conversion fee. It depends whether the company is sending it in your local currency(not likely) or not.
What Girls & Guys Said
One thing I'd like to add is currency. That's a huge thing to factor in. Towards my 30s, the exchange rate from USD to Japanese Yen plummetted in ways that translated to me earning about 25% less even though my American company was paying me the same in USD.
I had to negotiate hard to get them to pay me in Yen and absorb the risks on their end of fluctuating currency exchange. But that stabilized things on my end.
That reason is why i don't like bank transfers. Our country's money is losing value compared to USA lmao like many others... and it is the most common to pay in. Some companies are strict about which method they use to send money.
I want to be paid in gold coins! :-D
Oddly as it sounds, I place more faith in tangible things in spite of being a software engineer... or maybe that's why I do that. :-D
If I can't hold what I have, then I figure its value is very arbitrary.
Which pros and cons we prefer? Banks have many investors and h think there is power in numbers if something goes wrong.
Cash can be burnt... virtual account money can be recovered from a different device. True though, it is necessary to have great passwords.
I'm a caveman. Me have big piles of things that other people want! Take care of it! Make look nice!" I don't feel wealthy in the digital realm: bits and bytes.
Investors have a lot more maneuverability than I do. I'm more saver and I never trust the banks so much anyway. I'm not suited to be a wealthy entrepreneur investing all over the place with appreciating assets and people invested in my ideas. I'm caveman. I cover my cave entrance in gold with gold spear and gold spike outside.
I just really wanna build up my thing and be left alone.
Lol OK but gold covers attract attention :p
If good pay then I'll move family internationally