By David Lee | Nov 1, 2018
Running a business remotely is not just relaxing at home. Here is the inside scoop on some things to consider:
Have the right mindset
There are so many distractions when working remotely. If it’s at home, then it may be the TV or family. If it’s at a coffee shop, then it’s all the people around. Work on proactively communicating with the team and avoid the distractions. More and constant communication. Not having a place to meeting up with your team and everyone is at different locations.
Use a lot of technology
There are some great tools that can really help with the remote work. Here are a few that we suggest:
- Skype – Free Audio and Video chat. Also, cost-effective ways to make phone calls.
- Slack – Team messaging that are grouped as chat rooms (channel). We use this to discuss projects since each client/department is a channel.
- Zoom – Remote conference with the ability to record. Great for large team and client meetings.
- Loom – Free video recording software
Getting everyone else onboard on working remotely
It gets more challenging when not every fully understands what it takes to work remotely. Even if there are a few people that don’t embrace the idea of working remotely, then tensions can start. Once that starts, communication starts to break down. As I mentioned on the first point, communication is a big piece of working remotely.
Here are some ways to get everyone on board:
- Go over the positives and negatives of working remotely to everyone
- Ensure that everyone understands that working remotely does not mean doing other things outside of work (Ex. Doing chores at home)
- Have everyone agree on different policies and procures on working remotely