I may have an opportunity to work remotely from different country for my current employer. If they do offer me a contract what would be the main points (gotchas) to look for in there from a position of a software developer?

For example meaning:

  • Minimum amount of hours per week.
  • Letting you know in advance before terminating the contract.

Are there any other things to keep in mind that may make my life easier?

  • Is this your home country or is it a foreign posting? – mxyzplk says reinstate Monica Mar 27 '15 at 20:01
  • The company is located in New Zealand, my country is in Europe. – Jakub Mar 27 '15 at 20:03
  • But this is "you get to work from your home country" not "you are going and working in a random other foreign country for your employer" right? Those are very different use cases. – mxyzplk says reinstate Monica Mar 27 '15 at 20:05
  • I get to work from my home country. – Jakub Mar 27 '15 at 20:06
  • I don't understand how this can be closed as opinion-based; there are specific things to look for in contracts such as hours of work, termination criteria, etc. – Rudolf Olah Oct 22 '15 at 14:00

Things to make sure are covered:

  • Payment terms; consequences of late or non-payment
  • Assignment of rights (i.e. they do not get the rights until AFTER final payment has been received)
  • Termination (by them or you): how is unpaid balance/unfinished work handled?

I would also delineate methods and frequency of communication (from both parties), revisions, code reviews, schedules, status, etc.


I think you should wear the shoes of the employer as well as yourself. As an employer who has employed people overseas, I ask for:

Minimum hours 3 weeks advance notice of days off A daily work report No requirement to pay benefits (special instance) Two weeks advance notice (keeping a bonus pool available that gets cancelled if this is not achieved)

If I were the contractor: Defined minimum hours Performance review intervals Advance notice of termination (one month) Internet access reimbursement Travel reimbursement

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