US People Partnership Service (PPS)

Don’t settle. Choose a globally trusted expansion partner to set up and manage your US entity and people operations.

Choose Foothold America – we give you more control and manage risk better than PEOs*. With PPS, you are the direct employer.

*PEO (or Professional Employer Organization) is an outsourcing option that provides small to medium-sized businesses with HR services, benefits administration and payroll processing support in a co-employment arrangement.

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What is the People Partnership Service?

The benefits of expanding to the US are huge, but so are the penalties for non-compliance with various laws and regulations. We’ve created our People Partnership Service (PPS) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, becoming the direct employer of record, onboarding US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America. It is a great option for international businesses looking to conquer the US market with an absolute peace of mind.

OUR SERVICES

Expanding your business
to the US with peace of mind

Set up your US entity

If you don’t have a US entity, we create your US subsidiary and file all necessary paperwork in compliance with US law.

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Save up to 50% on expansion costs

We handle your payroll, benefits, and all things Human Resources, including healthcare. This results in significant savings when compared to self-managing your US entity.

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Ensure a compliant US workplace

We set up compliant payroll services, ensuring state policies are followed, and we guide your managers in administering Performance Improvement Plans (PIPs).

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.

Broad range of professionals

Access to teams of experts located in the US, UK, and Europe who have decades of experience in all aspects of employment in the US.

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Offer attractive employee benefits

We help you create a comprehensive benefits package so you can hire and retain top talent.

BUSINESS SOLUTION

Is our PPS service right for your business?

You already have a US entity, but you need someone to handle the HR functions.

You want to establish a US presence but want finance, HR, and IT to be managed from your home country. You want trusted outsourced support in the US.

Your US clients require you to have a US entity and be the Employer of Record (the direct employer).

You want the US entity setup, financials and processes done the US way from the start.

You plan to scale to at least five employees in year one. You need a trusted partner to show you the way.

You want to send an employee to live and work permanently in the US and serve your US clients. The foreign national needs a visa connected to your US entity.

HOW IT WORKS

How our People Partnership Service (PPS) works

Set up a US entity & bank account

To hire US employees, you need a US entity and a US bank account. Foothold America can do this for you, or if you have these in place, you are ready for Step Two.

Develop the employment and HR infrastructure

Before you can onboard employees, you must make decisions about payroll, time off, benefits, pay strategy, and many US company policies. In addition to our in-house specialist teams, your dedicated HR manager organizes and manages third-party service providers who may supply insurance, visas, or IP protection, for example.

Find your candidates & grow your workforce

Foothold America works with you to identify the best candidates for your US company. Using the policies and benefits we implement for you, Foothold America onboards employees, ensuring a smooth start. If you prefer your home country’s HR professionals to onboard US employees, our team is behind you to avoid missteps. We know understanding US workplace culture takes time, so your dedicated HR Manager supports you as your employee count grows.

Plan for ongoing management and compliance

Your obligations don’t end after setup and your needs change over time. It is crucial to have professional guidance to manage ever-changing US regulations. As your trusted partner, we strive to understand your US business objectives, budget, and vision, working with you as you grow.

PPS vs PEO

Why our People Partnership Service (PPS) is a better solution for international companies than a PEO

Most PEOs are not used to working with foreign companies
Most PEOs are not used to working with foreign companies
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Because most PEOs solely serve US businesses owned by people who live and work in the US, they don’t often consider the knowledge gap that may exist for international businesses unfamiliar with US regulations and risks. Foothold America works exclusively with international businesses who’ve expanded to the US. We understand how the regulations of countries around the world differ from the US, and we protect you from hidden pitfalls.
You are the only legal employer
You are the only legal employer
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With PPS, you are the legal employer, giving you full management control over your US employees and the legal aspects of running your organisation. Working with a PEO creates a co-employment arrangement, where both you and the PEO have legal responsibilities toward the employees.
You control and choose your US policies
You control and choose your US policies
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While most PEOs offer templates for US policies, they are often broad, generic, and do not always follow US best practices. With our PPS service, we help you create tailored policies and handbooks which are suited to your organization and US employees.
You control employee benefits, retirement plans, and providers
You control employee benefits, retirement plans, and providers
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While PEOs offer a variety of benefit and retirement plans, they are usually unremarkable and inflexible. You are locked into using their providers and have no ability to negotiate pricing or influence provider performance. With Foothold America, we present employee benefits and retirement options from trusted providers that meet the needs and expectations of your US employees, commit to our client service standards, and we negotiate the best rates for you.
You have a dedicated HR Client Service Manager assigned to your team
You have a dedicated HR Client Service Manager assigned to your team
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Most PEOs do not offer a dedicated representative. With Foothold America PPS, you have a single point of contact to support your home country HR team who answers your enquiries in less than 24 hours – giving you peace of mind and a trusted partner.
You won’t have to worry about processing payroll changes
You won’t have to worry about processing payroll changes
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While PEOs ensure that payroll is processed by the appropriate deadline, they do not record payroll changes such as salary increases, bonuses and commissions for your US employees. Nor do PEOs check payroll accuracy prior to processing. With PPS, your Foothold America representative ensures that all payroll changes are reflected accurately, and that payroll is processed correctly and on time.
You don’t have to worry about statutory training for your US employees
You don’t have to worry about statutory training for your US employees
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PEOs do not provide and document mandatory state trainings, such as Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination, for your US employees. Overlooking these activities can result in penalties, the burden of which is yours. Our PPS service ensures compliant management of statutory state trainings for your US employees.
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Direct hiring costs with and without Foothold America

Businesses around the world partner with Foothold America and save thousands of dollars on their US hiring costs. With our PPS service, you can expand your business to the USA compliantly and cost-effectively. For more pricing information, please contact us. 

Expand with others

$65,000+

Average cost for the first year.

Expand with Foothold America

$40,000 – $50,000

Average cost for the first year.

PEOs may promise you the world. Foothold America takes care of the details that PEOs don't!

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Find out what our clients have to say about Foothold America

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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
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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
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We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our ex-pat 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

Not sure if this service is for you?
Check out our Employee Management Service (EMS).

Where should you set up your
business entity in the United States?

There are 50 states to choose from when establishing a US business entity. With this many states, it is safe to say that some states are more business-friendly than others. Read more about the three most popular states for incorporation below.

Delaware

Delaware

Delaware is a popular state in which to incorporate. Its advantages include the fact that it:

Has a reputation for favouring corporate managers over shareholders

Offers favourable taxation rates for large businesses or those with complex structures

Does not require directors or shareholders to be residents of Delaware

Has a well-established Business Court of Chancery, and there's high confidence and trust in the legal system among large businesses

Nevada

Nevada

Nevada is another very popular state for incorporation. As well as the fact that it is easy to issue shares in Nevada, other advantages include the fact that this state:

Generally offers a very low rate of taxation

Does not impose corporate or individual income tax

Does not require businesses to pay tax on corporation shares

Does not require directors or shareholders to be residents of Delaware

Is known for its straightforward dealings with commercial litigation

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming has joined the list of popular states for incorporation. It offers many of the same benefits as Nevada, but at a lower tax rate.

Its annual renewal fees are inexpensive

There are no business license fees

The state emphasizes privacy and asset protection for businesses

Is known for its straightforward dealings with commercial litigation

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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.

Why choose to grow your business with Foothold America?

At Foothold America, we implement best practices available to ensure your smooth US expansion. There is no PEO service out there that can match Foothold America’s expertise in the US market. Seriously, just try us out!

Quick market entry
Quick market entry
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We leverage years of experience and provider relationships to quickly and efficiently register your company, get your EIN, or implement your payroll and benefits.
Premium support
Premium support
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The success of your business is important to us, and in fact, is 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 focus on the best solution for you.
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CLIENT REVIEWS

Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.

Excellent

10 days ago
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
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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 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
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
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
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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RESOURCES

FAQ’s

Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.

If you plan to operate your business in the USA and be the Employer of Record ( also known as the Direct employer) of your US employees, you will need to form a subsidiary company. A subsidiary is a distinct legal entity that is more than 50% controlled by a parent company. Because a subsidiary is a distinct legal entity, the liabilities, taxation and regulations are also treated distinctly, limiting exposure to your parent company. There are a number of different types of subsidiaries you can establish in the US, such as LLCs, C Corporations, Non-profit ( also known as 501(c)(3) ) or LLP (Limited Liability Partnerships). 

The processing time for the initial steps in setting up a US entity which includes state incorporation and acquiring a Federal Employer Identification Number can take between a week to ten business days.

When choosing a location for hiring your US employees, you will need to consider a series of factors, such as:  

  • Tax rates – how much tax are you expecting to pay?  
  • Access to your target market or customer base 
  • Filing fees and other administrative charges 
  • Available infrastructure, office space and transport links 
  • Geography, climate and land prices 
  • Time zones –  businesses with offices in Europe may wish their US employees to be based on the east coast for business hours to overlap. 
  • Availability of talented employees to work for your business
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