Expand your business to the USA
Your business could reach its full potential by expanding to the United States. Simplify your expansion with an internationally recognised partner providing end-to-end solutions that help your business expand, hire and manage employees in the USA.
Invest in your business with Foothold America
There’s no avoiding tax, but with purposeful planning you can forgo filing complex returns in multiple states.
We efficiently handle your payroll, employee benefits, HR duties, and more. This can lead to significant savings compared to DIY or other providers.
Lawyers are expensive and not always needed. Let’s discuss the best approach for your business.
You have a dedicated HR & Client Services Manager who makes you aware of common pitfalls and ensures that you stay consistently compliant in any state where you do business.
The US can seem like 50 countries in one – each with its own rules on hiring, firing and structuring compensation packages. We help you stay within the rules by being your extended HR team.
We help you create a comprehensive benefits package so you can hire and retain top talent.
Only the best for you and your team
At Foothold America, we offer top-notch service for you and your team. Our core services include:
Our Employee Management Service offers a turn-key, cost-effective solution for your company to have a legitimate US presence with US employees anywhere in the country in as little as one week without the cost and complexity of setting up a US entity.
People Partnership Service (PPS)
We’ve created our People Partnership Service (PPS) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, becoming the Employer of Record (the direct employer), onboarding US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America.
Exclusive Talent Acquisition (ETA)
Businesses around the world partner with Foothold America and save thousands of dollars on their US hiring costs. With our ETA service, you can find and hire the best employees compliantly and competitively. We make it easy and affordable for you to hire the right candidate at the right time and at the right cost.
Establishing a legal entity in the US brings enormous potential for growth—and a unique set of challenges and complications. Partnering with Foothold America for your US entity setup ensures smooth and compliant registration in your chosen state – all whilst cutting through layers of bureaucracy and giving your company the freedom to concentrate on its larger business objectives.
INVEST IN THE USA
Why invest in the USA?
To put it simply, investing in the USA provides an amazing opportunity to grow revenue. With a GDP of over $20 trillion, the United States offers a huge opportunity for companies looking to expand internationally.
Combining top talent, unparalleled market access, and unbeatable opportunities, the USA abounds with growth opportunities for global investors.
Sometimes numbers speak louder than words
#1 Global Economy
with the world’s reserve currency
#1 Unicorns Start-upswith 65% of the world’s billion-dollar start-ups
#1 Education Rankings
with talent from the world’s top universities
#1 Tech Industry
with 36% of global tech market share
Custom-made solutions to move your business forward
Employee Management Service
People Partnership Service
*requires a US entity
US Entity Setup
Low upfront cost
Testing the US market
Employ US staff directly
Plan to hire >5 employees in year one
Need a US bricks & mortar bank account
Minimize administration, cost and complexity
Send non-US employees to work & reside in the US
Quick & easy to exit the US market
Dedicated account manager
Be the employer of record
Facilitate importation of tangible products in the US
Obtain a US business address
Avoid obligations to file US employer taxes
Obtain a US phone number
Sign a long-term office lease
Need to raise US capital
Have an extended HR team who takes care
of onboarding, pay and benefits
Compliance and risk management
Join one of our twice-weekly Live Discovery Events
Learn about what it takes to expand your business to the USA in real-time.
Why choose to grow your business with Foothold America?
Expanding into a new global market is a complex multifaceted process.
It’s important to choose a partner you can trust.
US BUSINESS EXPANSION
US business expansion in action
We offer world-class service, backed by years of experience. We’re proud to have assisted in the expansion of hundreds of businesses across numerous industry sectors as they have laid foundations in states across the USA and experienced extraordinary business growth.
Life Sciences & Pharma
Technology & Engineering
Media & Advertising
Explore our eBook library
How would you like access to a library of eBooks written by industry experts and filled with information covering various areas of US business expansion? It’s yours here at Foothold America, and it includes some of the best quality guides needed to expand your business to the USA. From a guide on setting up a US entity to a guide on hiring US workers, we’ve got it all!
WHO WE ARE
We're real people. Not platforms
Our team of experts has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.
Joanne M. Farquharson
US entrepreneur with 30 years experience in advising small and medium-sized businesses in employee benefits, insurance, labor law compliance, and risk management. Joanne has a passion for growing small companies and helping business owners actualize their goals.
Experienced Global Management leader with over 15 years of professional services and consulting experience. Highly knowledgeable in Human Resources, Employee Relations, Global Operations and Outsourcing. Strong Compliance background experience with employee contracts and US & Global Immigration.
Seasoned, determined, and highly accomplished executive professional with extensive experience spearheading financial services, managing business operations, monitoring performance indicators, and delivering high-quality strategic business support to drive exponential revenue growth for top-tier companies.
Robert R. Esquijarosa
Experienced HR & Client Success professional with a demonstrated 15-year history of working in employee relations, payroll & benefits administration, compliance, and recruitment within multiple industries throughout the US and UK.
Miruna Eliza Ionescu
Multilingual marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital marketing for B2B and B2C sectors. Miruna has an extensive background in building customer engagement and ensuring that clients have the best tools and information in hand.
Angelique Soulet-Bangurah, PHR
Angelique takes pride in providing client solutions, using more than seven years of experience as an HR Generalist with a vast knowledge of onboarding, employee relations and overall HR operations. She’s certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Over 25 years of experience doing business in North American, European, and Asian markets, including seven years as an International Trade Advisor with a primary focus and specialism on the complexity of the US market.
Kate has a background of supporting the UK, US and Australia, with strategic direction on all areas of HR. She’s an experienced and CIPD-qualified HR professional with extensive experience in a variety of areas of human resources, including employee relations, HR strategy, recruitment, law advice, document creation, M&A, diversity and inclusion and learning & development.
This conversion-minded marketer is responsible for strategizing, planning and creating high-calibre content for our website visitor’s digital experience. With over seven years in marketing, Natalie specialises in PPC, SEO, emerging trends, and customer behavioural insights that help clients find the best solutions for their business needs.
Charlotte has worked as a Content Writer for 8 years and as a creative and analytical marketeer, she enjoys all aspects of her role, from content creation to audits, campaign testing, research and editing. Having worked in a content driven role for a trade association for many years, Charlotte’s experience in creating pragmatic, yet creative content, designed to inspire and educate SME businesses, is unparalleled.
Our HR & Client Specialist Priti is experienced in various HR activities such as recruitment and retention, compensation, labour relations, benefits and leave of absences. And her passion is troubleshooting data issues to identify strategic solutions using knowledge of HR process, benefits, training and development. She’s lived in the US for 18+ and dedicated most of them to her career in HR. With Priti, you are definitely in good hands.
Jisselle has 8+ years experience of efficient business administration, data analysing and reporting in diverse industries. She’s a HubSpot wizard and strives on improving operations that deliver high-value returns for our clients. Jisselle works closely with all departments ensuring efficiency and satisfaction.
Robert is the Co-founder of several successful US and UK life science companies. He serves as the Board Chair of Foothold America influencing the direction of the company.
Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.
"Foothold was able to get things done for us very quickly. They made life easier for us and worked with us to make sure staff were looked after and that we were able to get up and running."
Operations Manager, UK Network Security Company
"We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll and payroll taxes, benefits, taxes and other employee logistics, enabling us to avoid dealing with the bureaucratic maze of employing someone in the US."
CEO, Belgium Manufacturing Company
"Foothold America was instrumental in helping my UK company employ field applications sales people in the US without having to set up a US subsidiary, which is the usual route for foreign companies. Foothold America facilitated this by employing the people we had chosen and handling all the employment, terms, salaries, taxes, social costs etc. They then billed us monthly for these costs plus a reasonable service charge. As a result, we were able get going very quickly with our own people in the USA and at a much lower cost base."
CEO, UK Biotech Company
"I couldn’t manage our US subsidiary without Foothold America. Our small HR department isn’t equipped with the knowledge or staff to handle our US employees. I could end my workday in the UK knowing Foothold America would take care of everything in the US."
Head of HR, UK financial services firm
"We currently use the Foothold America Employee Management Service and plan to move to their People Partnership Service when we set up an entity in the coming months. It’s great knowing we can work with one partner through various stages of our growth."
CMO, Norway IT company
"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without healthcare insurance. It was a huge risk for them and our company. Foothold America came in and got us sorted. They’ve been taking care of us ever since."
Sr. People Partner, UK software company
Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.
At Foothold America, we have a great deal of experience exploring the US market as an international business: we’ve done it ourselves.
The support we can offer you is dependent on your business needs. Whether you would need help with hiring US employees without having to set up a US subsidiary (via our Employee Management Service), or you would require help with setting up and managing your new US entity (via our People Partnership Service), we will take care of your US employees whilst you will focus your attention and resources in growing your USA business.
If you decide to expand in the US via our Employee Management Service, you can have boots on the ground within a week from your candidate signing the offer letter. This is the quickest route of starting to trade in the USA. If your business requires a US entity, you can start trading as soon as you are registered and obtain your EIN. Find out more about our US entity service here.
As part of the process, we work with you to determine what services you need, and then we coordinate all aspects of the employment relationship. If you decide not to set up your own US entity and are opting for our Employee Management Service, we will hire US workers to provide services to you, and the US employees will sign an offer letter with Foothold America. As ‘at will’ employment is standard in the US, the US employees will sign the offer letter rather than a contract. Our offer letter will detail the terms of employment, including salary, benefits, and paid time off.
If you would like the US employees to sign a contract directly with your business, you will want a US entity. Foothold America can also help you with the process of establishing your US entity and managing your employees via our People Partnership Service.
Yes. Whether you opt in for our Employee Management Service, People Partnership Service or our US Entity Service, you will have a dedicated HR and Client Service representative as your extended HR department, who will manage the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America.
The amount of money a US workers’ healthcare coverage will cost your business largely depends on your chosen solution.
However, to allow you to draw up some provisional calculations, expect to factor in an additional $13.000 – $20.000, on top of your workers’ salaries. This amount can differ based on factors such as the industry and the difficulty of finding talent, and would cover health care, taxes and other benefits. In the US, employers are expected to provide and assist with health insurance and company benefits.
On balance, when you consider health insurance and taxes, the cost to employ a US worker is on par with the UK and Europe. For a monthly fee, through our Employee Management Service, Foothold America can provide and manage all payroll, HR and other services, including benefits administration.