Building remote

Remote team setups

I’ve seen many different terms used to describe "the level of remote" in remote companies. I’m using hybrid, remote-first and fully remote to differentiate them on RemoteHub.

Hybrid

A hybrid company has at least one physical office where some people work regularly, but they also let their employees work remotely.

This often means that most of the team works from the office and their workflows are usually not built around remote work practices.

Remote-first

A remote-first company has at least one physical office, but their default way of working is remote.

This means that they’ve built their communication practices and workflows in a way that it doesn’t really matter where their team works from.

A remote-first company is sometimes also called remote-friendly company to indicate that their culture and processes are supporting remote work.

Fully remote

A fully remote company doesn’t have an office and everyone works remotely with a workflow that fully supports remote work.

Many fully remote companies have never even had an office as they started their company with a remote team from day one. This is increasingly common with early-stage startups.

A fully remote company is sometimes also called fully distributed company or all-remote company.

Remote setups on RemoteHub

I’ve chosen these three setups for remote companies to choose from when editing their profile on RemoteHub.

I think this helps people looking to join their company to better understand the team’s current remote level. 

While some people may prefer a company with a mature remote culture, others may be excited to participate in building remote workflows in a company where only a few employees are remote.

You can find the list of remote-first and fully remote companies through the filters on the companies page.

Rauno Metsa
Founder of RemoteHub
Hey! This post is a part of a book I'm writing about how to build and run a remote company that doesn't need an office.