Reap the Benefits of Working with Remote Talent in South America

latin-america-imageTelecommuting, remote working, working from home: no matter what you call it, this way of work is increasing in popularity. Millions of people now classify themselves as remote workers, and both employers and employees are benefiting greatly from these relationships.

This increase in remote workers has a lot to do with improvements in technology. But this is far from the only factor: Employers identify a number of benefits as a result of employing remote workers. For example, remote workers can be more productive than their office counterparts. According to a recent survey, 53 percent of the remotely workers who responded said they were more likely to work overtime, compared to just 28 percent of in-office employees surveyed.

Also, When employees work remotely, everyone saves money. Businesses save an average of $10,000 per year in real estate costs, whereas the employees themselves save roughly $5,240 in expenses.

According to a report by The New York Times, 43% of Americans said that they spend some time working remotely. This is definitely becoming a mainstay, but not only in the U.S.: there are places like Asia, Eastern Europe or Latin America where working remotely is more and more frequent.

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At TECLA, we work with developers and designers from South America. From Argentina to Colombia, we have a strong and talented network that helps high-growth startups and innovative enterprises scale their engineering teams easily, confidently and on-demand.

And in all this time we’ve found more pros than cons in working with talented professionals down in South America. These are some benefits:

Timezones: South America and the U.S. have almost identical timezones, and this is super important. If your headquarters are in the United States, we bet you ’d rather working with someone in your same time zone rather than working with someone in Asia. This is crucial for start-ups that need to work together in the development of new products and require real-time collaboration. 

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Untapped Talent: There is a lot of technical talent in Latin America, however, few companies know this. South American countries boast quality programmers with the same qualifications you can find in the U.S.

Culture: Compared to others regions in the world, South America and the US. share a lot of cultural similarities.

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Lower costs without sacrificing quality: It’s a reality that hiring talent from South America can help financially in terms of costs. But hiring people in South America can also add some of the best talents to any team You just need a solid network in the region.

Education: In terms of language, South Americans have a good level of spoken English and this helps them work in both Spanish and English. They also invest in education and professional growth experiences.

Hiring good professionals to work remotely is not an easy task, but opening your recruiting to South America can be a great opportunity for your startup. If you have any questions about how to do this, don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

How to Effectively Manage a Remote Team

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At Tecla.io we work remotely. Our main base is in Seattle, but we have a remote team in all of South America. Everyone can work from wherever they wish.

This is not something extraordinary, remote work is becoming more and more common in small and big companies. Basecamp, Buffer, Zapier, and Help Scout are some of the big tech names that have entirely remote teams, and even large multinationals like Dell and Amazon let some of their employees work remotely.remote teams

With mobile devices and video conferencing technology, remote jobs are increasing in popularity and there are manyadvantages about it: less distractions, everyone can set up their work environment to suit their needs, and for young companies, it’s a great way to keep operating costs low.

However, remote work also presents some unique challenges. People often ask: “How do you know when someone is working?“ or how do you not get distracted? In this article, we’re gonna share with you some tips to run a startup efficiently through remote work.

  1. remote team slackCommunication: If you don’t communicate in a remote environment, you don’t exist. You need to over-communicate. Remote companies use different tools: Slack, Google Hangout, Skype.
  2. Create a culture company: Your goal should be not just to have a team that’s location-independent but to build a powerful company culture.
  3. Make a schedule: Give your team a structure and make a schedule for the day ahead, make an hour-by-hour schedule each evening that includes priorities and the time you’ll work on them
  4. Hold regular meetings: It can be challenging because everyone is in a different time zone. But you can do it. Create a friendly and honest environment where everyone can talk about anything.
  5. Determine the beginning and the end of the workday: If your company offers a flexible work schedule, then it’s critical to determine your work periods. You should prioritize the important tasks for active periods and save less important stuff for later in the day when you’re mentally fatigued.

Do you have experience working remotely? We would love to hear about it!

How Technology has Created a Sharing Economy?

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In the last decade -or even more- we have been hearing something like in the future, we may own much less and share much more”. Why? Some people say that the reason is internet and big data. Is this a good thing? That’s up to you to figure out, but in this article, we explain to you how technology has helped building a sharing economy.

sharing economy 2Sharing economy is a term with several meanings, but it’s used to describe economic activity involving online transactions. It’s a mystery who was the first person to use this concept, and according to sharing economy expert, Alex Stephany, it’s a term “vulnerable to loose definitions”.

So, how technology has an impact on this new economic activity? Think about it: From renting homes to borrowing things. Uber is shaking the taxi industry but doesn’t own car and Airbnb is dominating the hotel market despite not owning a single building. These apps are transforming our economy.

From real-time transactions through the use of mobile to consumers sharing social feedback, companies must understand how their products and services change their customers’ value delivery frameworks. In the sharing economy, reputation is your best asset: technology has allowed users and hosts to ‘rate’ a service in a very easy way.sharing economy 3

According to Forbes magazine, Uber is doing on average 1 million rides per day and Airbnb is active in over 192 countries around the world. Some people say that the currency of this new economy is trust. These are 5 ways technology is affecting sharing economy:

  1. It’s breaking with traditional and established ways of doing business. Some of these ways have been in existence for hundreds of years and now they need to adapt to the new digital trends.
  2. It’s changing -for the better- our day-to-day life. Research by PwC found that, among adults who are familiar with the sharing economy, they see many benefits in it. Surveyed said it makes life more affordable (86%), more convenient (83%), is better for the environment (76%), helps build a stronger community (78%) and is more ‘fun’ than engaging with traditional companies (63%).sharing economy 4
  3. It’s making companies “more open”, by sharing technology and ideas publicly. With a sharing economy, companies are able to connect with and help other like-minded businesses around the world.
  4. Reputation is made -or broken- online. In the digital world, reputation is essential and vital for our businesses. Technology makes incredibly easy to ‘rate’ a service you use, and thus it’s paving the way for a new kind of customer service.

Now, are these technology advances changing our lives forever? Tell us in the comments below what do you think about sharing economy.

First time Entrepreneurs: 10 Financial Tips for Launching a Startup

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We know how this starts: You have a big idea that solves a problem, so you decided to build your own company. Well, here is the thing: Building a company is one of the hardest things to do. And we can be very creative with bright ideas, but we need to know how to invest our money.

In this article, we’re going to share some of the financial lessons we’ve learned in the process of starting a business:

  1. Don’t run out of money: It can seem a little obvious, but you can’t expect to have an income since day one. Money is like the gasoline of your startup. You need to always have a stock of money. Don’t waste it and use it wisely. Keep good control and forecasting of your startup’s burn-rate.
  2. Monitor and track how much you’re spending: Even if it’s something small, like how much you spendtips for startups on coffee, you need to know where every single dollar is coming from and where every single dollar is going.
  3. Limit your fixed expenses: Keep your expenses low. If you’re starting your company with a few people or on your own, you probably don’t need to pay rent for an office, for example. Forget all those things that could increase your budget every month that aren’t necessary.
  4. Be an optimist, but be ready for the worst: Starting a company is not an easy thing to do, you can -and should- be excited about it, but you also need to maintain your feet on the ground. Think about the worst scenario possible: what could it happen? and how could you solve it? It’s important to be ready for harder times.
  5. Risk only the amount of money that you’re willing to lose: Don’t gamble what you don’t have. Try to have a Plan B or even a C. You can’t compromise money that is not yours or ask for loans you can’t pay off.
  6. Be patient and think for the long term: Yes, we all want a billionaire company, but the truth is that building it is a marathon. You have to face it like a race, step by step.
  7. You need to understand your business: There is no such thing as easy money. Not because everybody is investing in a trendy business means that you have to follow those steps. You need to understand what you are offering.
  8. financial tips 2Don’t lie: Your word is your honor. Think about your reputation, if you cheat or lie to someone, probably that person is not going to do business with you anymore
  9. Hope is not a plan: Work. work. work. Elaborate a plan and work on it. Hoping or wishing for something without hard work doesn’t make sense.
  10. Look for advise if you need it: You can’t be an expert at everything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. A good recommendation on time can save your company.

What else would you include on this list? Share your opinion in the comments below!

Are Progressive Web Apps Going to Change the Web?

Are Progressive Web Apps going to change the Web

Have you ever heard about Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)? Lately, it seems like everyone is onboard with this modern web technology that wants to compete with “native apps”.

But, is this possible? First, we have to define what is a PWA: it’s a term first introduced by Google’s engineer, Alex Russell. In an article on Medium, he explained that Progressive Web apps take advantage of new features supported by modern browsers, including service workers and web app manifests, that let users upgrade web apps to progressive web applications in their native operating system (OS). According to Russell, it’s “an evolution that takes place in browsers”.

Progressive App WebsSo, why do some experts say that PWAs are the future? Because, in its simplest sense, a progressive web app is a mobile app delivered through the web. It functions like a native app but you don’t need to download it from an app store. PWAs are more efficient than native apps. They work without taking up a smartphone’s data.

Think about it: Slack, Trello, Google Docs, Gmail, Twitter. They are all web apps. And even when their native version is probably better, there are web technologies that could give web apps a better chance at competing with their native counterparts.

What makes web app unique is its ability: 

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  1. Accessibility: Do you ever think twice about downloading an app because it’s too complicated or you don’t have WiFi? Yes, we’ve been there too. This is the biggest advantage of WPAs: with any kind of device you can have the same app but in the browser and it’s faster than downloading the native app.
  2. Apps work offline and in the background: That’s done through a thing called “service workers”, who can help cache new content and synchronize local changes to a remote server. They also support push notifications.
  3. It doesn’t look like you’re in the browser: There’s no Chrome or Firefox here, when you launch a PWA it looks like you’re in an application. You don’t get the usual browser stuff. It’s really difficult to see the difference.
  4. It has longevity: Apps don’t have much longevity, it’s a fact that we usually download apps for specific occasions and then stop using them. If you think about it, the apps that you use every day are only a few. With a PWA you don’t have to download in your already full storage smartphone. And if you’re an app owner, it’s way more expensive to maintain an app than a web app.

PWA - BrowsersWe don’t know what Apple or Google will do about PWAs. For the moment, Microsoft already put PWAs into their store, so now you have the option through the universal Windows platform.

With these advantages, we’re not going to be surprised if we see something like this in the Google or Apple stores. PWAs are real and they are increasing their popularity really fast.

So, do you prefer native apps or PWAs? Tell us why in the comments below!

First-time Entrepreneurs: 5 tips to be more productive

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Hey entrepreneurs! Do you feel that you can’t get everything done at the end of the day? Are you tired of having an endless to-do list?

We’ve been in that situation too. Sometimes we want a 48 hours day to solve all the pending stuff that we have. But, we all know that’s not possible.

At Tecla, we’re always looking for ways to improve our time management. It’s not about how many hours you work each day, it’s about how productive you are with the time you spend working.

Have you been wondering how can you be productive at work? We’ll give you some tips that might help!

Turn-off-notificationsTurn off the notifications: Have you ever thought of all the hours that we spend on our smartphones? Studies show that we spend an average of 5 hours per day on our mobile devices. Apps like Twitter or Instagram are addictive and we tend to fall into a “black hole”: we start by checking a notification and we end up knowing the life of everyone in our feed.  So, what can we do? Turn off notifications. You don’t need to answer every single comment right away. Take a break every hour or two to check your cell for ten minutes and see what’s going on the world.

to-do-list-Make a to-do list (and use it correctly): From the CEO to the employees, if you work in a start-up, there are big chances that you always have so much to do. Write down everything you would like to accomplish for the day and be as concrete, specific and reasonable about your tasks as possible. Studies have shown that people perform better when they have written down what they need to do and psychologists insist that our brain loves ordered tasks.

email anxietyDon’t stop for every email: Let’s face it, people suffer from “email anxiety”. Some of us feel it when we hit send, and others when they don’t get a quick answer. Maybe you’re used to receiving many emails per day, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stop what are you doing every time that you get one to answer it right away. That email can wait. It’s OK, we know that maybe some of it is important, but really, think about it: you’re doing an equally important task, you receive that email, you stop and you start to read it, you think the answer and you write it. Suddenly, you receive another email, you answer that too. By the time you finish, you are already distracted and forgot what was the initial task that you were doing. So, set a time for answering the email that you have pending, it can be every 2 or 3 hours.

multi-task-guyDon’t be a multitasker: We often hear people saying that they can do several things at the same time. They think that it is an ability and they are proud of it. But the truth is that multitasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Or even worse, research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ or can even cause brain damage. Stop trying to resolve all the problems at once and be organized. Set priorities and resolve each… one by one.

workaholic--Take care of yourself: It can seem a little bit obvious, but how can you be productive you don’t rest well? We all know that your start-up is your passion, but you need to have a life outside of work. Make sure that you get enough sleep and eat healthy meals. You may not notice it at first, but if you don’t keep yourself nourished you will soon find yourself more distracted, stressed and scatterbrained. There are many benefits that justify why making sleep a priority may advance your career. So, don’t be a workaholic and realize when you need a break!

Any other tip to improve our productivity? We want to hear what you think!

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We must remain calm, now is when we learn the most.

Ready? Now, let’s begin.

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