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.

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OUR SERVICES

Invest in your business with Foothold America

Reduce tax complications

There’s no avoiding tax, but with purposeful planning you can forgo filing complex returns in multiple states.

Save up to 50% on expansion costs

We efficiently handle your payroll, employee benefits, HR duties, and more. This can lead to significant savings compared to DIY or other providers.

Cut legal expenses

Lawyers are expensive and not always needed. Let’s discuss the best approach for your business.

 

Dedicated HR manager

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.

Ensure a compliant US workplace

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.

Offer attractive employee benefits

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:

Monotone
Employee Management Service (EMS)

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.

Shape
People Management Service (PPS)

We’ve created our People Management 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.

Combined Shape

Entity Setup

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

Rocket

#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

SOLUTION COMPARISON

Custom-made solutions to move your business forward

EMS

Employee Management Service

 

PPS*

People Partnership Service

*requires a US entity

Entity Setup

US Entity Setup

 

Features

Low upfront cost

Testing the US market

Hire quickly

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 product in the US

Obtain a US business address

Avoid obligations to file US employer taxes

Obtain a US phone number

Sign 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.

Common pitfalls when expanding to the USA
When and how to set up a US entity
Hiring in the USA
Federal vs State regulations
15-mins Q&A session

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.

Quick market entry
Quick market entry
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We leverage our years of experience and provider relationships to quickly and efficiently register your company, get your EIN, hire workers on your behalf, or implement payroll and benefits.
Premium support
Premium support
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The success of your business is important to us and is, in fact, our Number 1 corporate value. We have teams in the US, UK and Europe at the ready to assist you.
Remain flexible
Remain flexible
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Our solutions support you from market entry through maturity at your pace, meeting your needs as they change. Whether turn-key or bespoke, we are focused on the best solution for you.
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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

Financial Services

Recruitment

Media & Advertising

Other

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

Meet our team of experts

Foothold America has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Joanne M. Farquharson
France based

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.

Director of Operations

Geanice Barganier
US based

Highly knowledgeable Human Capital professional with decades of experience in Human Resources, onboarding and US and global immigration. Geanice specializes in organizational management, vendor management, and compliance.

Head of HR Operations & Client Service

Robert R. Esquijarosa
UK based

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.

US Expansion Advisor

Rose Adedeji
UK based

US Expansion Advisor with 20 years of global HR experience, recruitment and client delivery, supporting clients from the UK, Europe, US and Australasia. Rose has extensive knowledge of candidate attraction and employee communication management.

US Expansion Advisor

Laurie Spicer
UK based

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.

Senior Staff Accountant

Ovidio E. Santistevan
US based

Senior Staff Accountant with over 25 years of finance experience and more than ten years as a full-cycle accountant. Ovi takes pride in ensuring that the information he provides to our clients and partners is accurate, relevant, timely and easily understandable.

Senior HR & Client Service Specialist

Angelique Soulet-Bangurah
UK based

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).

Senior Marketing Manager

Miruna Eliza Ionescu
UK based

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.

CoFounder & Board Chair

Robert Johnson
UK based

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.

Digital Marketing Manager

Natalie Gombalova
UK based

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.
CLIENT REVIEWS

Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.

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10 days ago
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"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
1 year ago
1 year ago
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"We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll, 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
2 months ago
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"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
7 months ago
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"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
9 months ago
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"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
2 years ago
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"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without health 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
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FAQ’s

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. 

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