Scaling up in Africa: 6 ways EORs can help (that you didn’t already know about)

EOR Scaling up business in Africa

So, it’s time for your company to go big!

Scaling your business in a country you know is already a daring venture, filled with bureaucratic demands and legislative complexities…Now imagine having to navigate these issues when you are overseas, in a foreign African country where you are unfamiliar with all proceedings, the local culture and bureaucracy.

For many companies, this is a recipe for disaster, and very often, a sure way to fail.

But this needn’t be the case.

Employers of Record (EOR) like Africa HR Solutions provide some potent solutions to the problems posed by scaling and expansion in an African country. Here are some of the ways an EOR can help make your scaling projects a success:

1. Global expansion

The world is your own personal oyster with an EOR.

Where entity setups, permits, and other bureaucratic demands eat up your time and resources (and are not always guaranteed to work out), EORs offer something akin to an all-access pass to scaling and expansion in a foreign country.

Because an EOR will not require you to have an entity in the country you are expanding to, the possibilities for scaling and expanding your business are much greater.

Scaling and expansion in Africa

If you are looking to scale your business in an African country (or several), choosing an African EOR will give you a significant advantage. Because an African EOR is exclusively focused on the African continent, their knowledge and understanding of bureaucracy and of the local culture isn’t comparable with what a global, general EOR can offer, for instance.

Africa HR Solutions is a trusted EOR. Over 400 companies have trusted our experience across 50+ African countries and are now thriving. Find out how our EOR offer can work for your particular scaling and expansion project.

2. Faster market entry

“To do something well, you cannot do it fast…”

While this often applies to many aspects of life and business, EORs are a notable exception to the rule. Not only can EORs provide compliant entry into an African country, they also provide rapid entry, especially when compared to the traditional methods of entry which require length entity set-up procedures.

So you can expect your company to be up and running in an African country within weeks, and not months, thanks to an EOR.

3. Cost Savings

“If you can do something well and fast, you cannot do it cost-effectively.”

While full of wisdom, this is another statement that does not apply to EORs. It’s simply the truth: using an EOR is less costly than entity set-up, and implies fewer upfront costs, as opposed to entity setup.

So rather than use this money (not to mention time and other company resources) for entity setup and bureaucracy purposes, your company can invest it in growing sales and improving your business.

4. Greater Flexibility

Scaling a business is rarely a straightforward project. Along the way, things don’t turn out the way you planned, and they often tend to fluctuate. So while scaling your business up, you may find that your workforce grows and goes down constantly – something you may be ill-equipped to deal with all on your own.

But with an EOR, you have the flexibility to accommodate these fluctuations, and to manage them gracefully, without an observable impact on your scaling project.

How does that happen? EORs can help you manage your workforce without the need for lengthy, time-consuming procedures.

This way, you spend less time and fewer resources on paperwork, and more on your actual business development.

5. Risk Mitigation

When your company partners with an EOR, any risk of liability immediately goes down.

Why is that?

Because EORs lower the risk of liability for your company by taking on a large portion of the legal and regulatory obligations. Among those are HR duties, which entail managing worker contracts, payroll, and benefits management, among other duties.

This is what most EORs do.

But Africa HR Solutions takes it one step further. Not only do we take responsibility for all these duties, but we have also taken it upon ourselves to offer 100% GUARANTEED compliance to our clients.

What does this mean, concretely?

It means that should there ever be any error made, your company will not suffer for it. We will take on the responsibility of any costs incurred.

Why do we offer this to clients? Because this is how confident we are in our team’s ability to stay compliant all the time, everywhere across the 50+ African countries we serve.

But with an EOR, you have the flexibility to accommodate these fluctuations, and to manage them gracefully, without an observable impact on your scaling project.

How does that happen? EORs can help you manage your workforce without the need for lengthy, time-consuming procedures.

This way, you spend less time and fewer resources on paperwork, and more on your actual business development.

6. Low cost of hiring employees

As a company looking to scale up, it is likely that you will have a defined and often tight budget.

Hiring qualified workers in regions where you don’t currently have a foothold can quickly rack up impressive costs when you account for onboarding, payroll processing, and compliance, among other things.

With an EOR, especially one with a digital payroll system, your new hire could easily and rapidly be integrated into your current EOR platform, as the EOR would already have access to the foreign markets you are trying to expand to.

Once again, the cost savings from working with an EOR can easily be invested in your core business, promoting business development as opposed to financing internal operations.

Choose the African EOR specialist

With over 10 years operating on the African continent, Africa HR Solutions has become an expert EOR partner in the region. Our in-country teams understand the local legislation, culture and customs better than anyone, and our single point-of-contact policy gives you direct access to just one point of contact for ALL your questions.

Ready to work with the African specialist? Get in touch with us now.

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GRANT GERAGHTY - Africa HR Team

GRANT GERAGHTY

HEAD OF CLIENT RELATIONSHIP

Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.

KEVINA TAKOORDYAL Africa HR Team

KEVINA TAKOORDYAL

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

Kevina serves as Project Assessor for the National Youth upskilling program. She has been recognized as Global Talent in a few companies, Ceridian, and International SOS Ltd whereby she has been awarded a few scholarships and had the opportunity to be mentored by Senior Vice President in the US. Award Winner in various fields and at a national level and recognized including Super Achiever Leader Award in Africa in 2016, Awarded Africa Women Leader 2018.

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VILOSHNA PACKIRY POULLE

Head of Finance & Business Support

Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.

MARK DU PREEZ​

MARK DU PREEZ

Head of Legal & Compliance

A qualified lawyer who joined Africa HR Solutions in July 2020, Mark Du Preez has experience working in private practice for a reputable law firm in South Africa. He also played commercially focused roles at a leading private bank, wealth management company, and outsourcing firm in South Africa and Mauritius.

Mark has played a pivotal role in Africa HR Solution’s risk mitigation strategy, which positively impacted P&L performance over the years.

He currently leads the Partnerships function of the company including relationships and oversight with in-country partners (ICPs) across Africa.

Alex Daruty - Africa HR Team

ALEX DARUTY

Head of Commercial

Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

His focus is on driving meaningful business impact through brand differentiation and building high-functioning, digitally oriented, and analytically driven capabilities. He is motivated by working with, and developing dynamic people, teams, and organizations.

He leads, manages, develops and mentors the Key Account Management department, including line management responsibility for the team of Key Account Managers and Key Account Administrator who represent the Company as the primary communication link between all relevant stakeholders, including clients, third party in-country partners and internal functions.

Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.