As we’ve discussed so many times before, the greatest places to economize while working from home are outside of the US and European Union. For this reason, many Americans and Europeans have decided to make Latin American (a.k.a LATAM) countries their home.
Besides the expat population, there are lots of talented professionals originally from LATAM that want remote jobs. But, there are obstacles. If you don’t live in the United States or Europe, finding a remote job can be a lot harder.
This is because many remote jobs require applicants to be US or EU residents, to be native English speakers or some other prerequisite that disqualifies the rest of the world.
Gaston Levy, the Argentina-based founder of WeRemoto, saw this problem and wanted to do something about it. I talked to him about the site which he created for aspiring remote employees in Latin America, how it works, and how it’s helping people in Spanish speaking countries to change their careers.
YamteQ: Please introduce yourself to us, and tell us a bit about your background.
Gaston: I’m Gaston Levy from Buenos Aires, Argentina. About 8 years ago, I started working with a company called Properati on classifieds and advertising sites. I was on the digital marketing and acquisition side. Eventually, I opened my digital market agency in Argentina – Zimba. We are a performance-focused team of 3 and serve over 40 active clients.
YamteQ: How did you get interested in remote work?
Gaston: Well, Zimba is a non-brick and mortar, remote business with no physical office. We hold weekly meetings virtually and manage all our tasks through Trello. There are lots of personal and community-related motivations for being remote, though, too.
YamteQ: Why did you create WeRemoto?
Gaston: For one, I was looking for a project to launch as a solopreneur and have been interested in the NoCode movement.
Also, I wanted to find a remote job for my girlfriend who’s a graphic designer. I noticed that most of the remote jobs available were for people in America and Europe. There was a need that was not being met for Latin-American job seekers looking for remote positions.
I also wanted to let people in Latin America access jobs that pay in USD. The cost of living in the region is lower and getting paid in dollars affords a much better lifestyle. Also, American companies looking to save money can benefit from this.
Argentina, for example, has a reputation for having very good designers, coders, and high-quality talent. Latin American workers are also known to be loyal, hard workers.
After starting WeRemoto, I’m seeing that it was a good decision because in 3 months, the site already has 1000 visitors per day, 12K subscribers, and 10K followers on Instagram. 15% of the daily visitors are using the site to apply for a job.
YamteQ: I noticed that a lot of your job postings are in Spanish. I was wondering if English speaking expats in Latin America can apply for jobs on your site, too?
Gaston: Of course, there are companies that are open to hiring expats living in Latin America for remote work! Mural.co, for example, is an early Argentian adopter. Actually, they’re holding their next retreat on the beaches of Argentina. Also, there’s Auth0. Both Mural and Auth0 are 100% remote and are willing to hire people that are outside of Latin America or live locally but do not hold work permits. I hope that they will help to set the stage for remote work in LATAM and that other companies in our region start to notice and join in on the trend.
YamteQ: What are the costs for using your site whether you’re an employer or a job seeker?
Gaston: The prices for employers are listed on the website and there is no cost to job seekers.
YamteQ: What would you say is the number one advantage to using WeRemoto to find a job or fill a position?
Gaston: I think the best thing is that the employer will get the applications directly since job seekers will be directed straight to their sites. Everything is transparent and the company names are displayed, so job seekers always know where their information is being sent.
YamteQ: What do you see in the future for WeRemoto?
Gaston: I would like to add webinars, guides for job hunters on how to apply for remote jobs, and guides for companies on how to hire remote employees. I want to create an interactive, supportive group, and be the voice of remote work in Latin America.
Remote work is growing really fast and people are finally embracing it here. I’m sure it will improve a lot of people’s lives by cutting out expensive and time-consuming commutes, give people more time to spend on hobbies, and with family. I hope that Argentina will flourish even more as remote work allows people to move out of the cities and expand into the more beautiful rural areas of the country.
YamteQ: That’s truly a great vision! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Gaston. I’m glad our readers will get to find out about WeRemoto, and I can’t wait to see it become even more successful.
If you enjoyed reading about WeRemoto and think the platform can help your remote career in Latin America, please let me know in the comments, and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram.