Well if you’re applying for a remote job or temporary position. Then yes, you’re obligated to follow the rules of the employer since you would be considered an employee/contractor. I guess this would be different than if you were monetizing a website or sold a product/service from your own business.
I feel as if we’re in a transitioning phase in the U.S. where some older traditional business owners may be open to remote works but with a “leash.” Where some more modern start-ups with younger owners may be more open to working with people from around the world.
A lot might also have to do with the job requirements and the level of team collaboration needed. Is it something that a single person can do or do you need several people working closely together to make it work?
There are several reasons a business might want it’s workers in the U.S. or live close by:
- Relatively same timezone for team collaboration/communication
- Face to face is extremely valuable to a lot of business people
- No need to deal with language or culture barriers
- What if you fail to deliver? If you’re not in the U.S. they can’t take any legal action
- Easier for taxes and accounting purposes
- Stereotypes of “foreign workers” (many older business owners can actually be quite racist and judgmental of different cultures … I’ve seen it)
- Overall less control and accountability
Times are changing and working from different countries is becoming more “acceptable.” However, it’s a slow process and it really depends on how open the company is about remote workers and the type of work being done.
Best thing to do is to position yourself correctly. If you want to work remotely with U.S. based companies, network with them and prove to them that you’re a valuable asset to have. Explain the benefits of working remotely (lower cost to the company, can cover additional shifts, you can provide a different perspective, testimonials of previous work experience, speak perfect english, have stable reliable internet/phone, etc…). Just my thoughts.