Guest columnist article by Tina Martin:
With remote workforces becoming increasingly popular, you need to know what it takes to create and manage a remote team. Although it sounds simple, there are a few steps (presented by The-Inspired.com) that you need to complete before you begin using remote workers.
Set Clear Goals
Without goals, both brick-and-mortar and remote companies flounder. Decide what you are going to do and how you will do it. Ask yourself questions like:
● What do I want to do?
● Where do I want to be in five and 10 years?
● What steps do I need to take to get there?
● Who do I want to work for me?
● Will they help me realize my goals?
Map goals by defining what you want from your business and how long it will take to get there.
Create a Company
The very first thing that you need to do is create your company. You can do this by setting up a limited liability corporation (LLC). An LLC will give you:
● Limited liability
● Ultimately less paperwork
● Personal asset protection
If you are not sure how to get this process started and don't want to pay an attorney, consider using a formation company and filing the paperwork yourself. Always check with local, state, and federal laws on LLCs. Each state has its own laws regulating these corporations.
Decide on Structure
Structuring your company will help you establish how you want your employees to work. All companies have some sort of structure. You can use separate teams or departments, or have everyone work on all projects. Your structure is up to you.
You can also hire project managers. These project leaders can manage their teams, which takes some of the burdens off of you. This way, you can maintain a hierarchy.
Recruit Specifically for Remote Work
Remote workers are a different breed of employees, although you always need people who are reliable, self-starters, and skilled. These traits become more important when someone is not working under direct supervision. A person who works only from home may have different needs. Many remote workers choose to work from home due to:
● Health concerns
● Family at home
● A need for flexibility in their schedule and life
At first, you might want to consider using only people who are familiar with working remotely. People who are used to working from home understand the problems they will encounter. Sometimes, those who are used to working on-site need to adjust to figure out how to manage a home office and interruptions while working. This might cause you issues while they learn.
As with on-site employees, you need to define and establish expectations for your workforce. This will help you set boundaries right away. These expectations need to be realistic, obtainable, and clear. Do not just tell your team what to do. Tell them why they are doing it.
Let your team in on your goals. Let them know what you want them to do to help your business reach the goals you set and let them know how it benefits them.
Communication is more difficult in a remote team. Set up acceptable lines of communication before you start working. This helps your employees feel more connected.
A remote workforce can ultimately save you time and money as long as you understand that you need to take steps to make your team successful. With some hard work and guidance from the tips and resources in this article, you’ll be on your way in no time!
- Tina Martin.
About our Guest Columnist Tina Martin:
Tina Martin started her career in business administration but eventually decided to pursue something that actually inspired her: becoming a personal fitness instructor. After realizing that personal improvement is about more than just physical health she became a life coach and never looked back. She started ideaspired.com as a side project to reach as many people as possible, and encourage them to put their dreams first.
Thanks again to Tina for a great and value packed article on the future of remote work!
Until next time, take care of yourselves, and each other.
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