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12 Tips for Running a Successful Remote Company

Written by Cody

Updated: Mar 9, 2022

Many people believe that in order to be successful, it is necessary to work from an office every day. However, this isn’t always the case. In today’s world of technology and advancement, there are ways for those who have a job or business that does not require them to be physically present at all times (i.e., remote work) can still succeed just as much as someone who works in an office every day.

These tips will help anyone with a remote company on how they can improve their success rate and overall happiness while working remotely.

12 Tips for Running a Successful Remote Company

Here are my 12 tips for running a successful remote company

1) Communication

It is important that you make sure everyone knows what needs to be done by when so there are no surprises down the line which leads to frustration among team members. One way to ensure good communication is to hold regular team meetings. You can also use tools like the ones we mention below to communicate with your team members in real-time. These tools make it easy to share files, screenshots, and videos.

2) Organization

It is important to keep things organized and create a clear plan of action for everyone involved. This way, it is easier for each team member to know what needs to be done and who they report to.  Team members can be given the appropriate level of autonomy as long as there is a shared understanding of what needs to be done. You can create a company wiki that keeps everyone up-to-date on the latest information related to your product or service.

3) Scheduling

Whether you use Google Calendar, Calendly, or another service like Calendly it’s important to have a scheduler in place to help everyone keep track of meetings and events. Scheduling a meeting can be done without any email back and forth. Meeting invites can also have their own unique link which allows the invitee to choose a good time for the conference as well as enter any required information all from the invitation itself.

4) Collaborative Tools

There are tons of tools out there that can make your life easier as a remote business owner. These allow for collaboration among your team members which will increase productivity among everyone.  They also make it easy to communicate with team members in real-time. A few tools I like using as a remote business owner include:

  • Trello: Great for organizing tasks among team members
  • Slack: The best online messenger app for teams in my opinion
  • Google Drive: Collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and share files and folders with team members
  • Skype: Chat, call, and video conferencing software
  • Basecamp: Manage projects and collaborate with your team
  • Sprintful: Appointment scheduling software

5) Flexibility

As a remote business owner, your team is working from many different locations and has a lot going on in their own lives. Showing them that you understand this and are willing to work with them when life gets in the way will help build stronger relationships within your company.  

You can do this by having a flexible schedule and being understanding if your team members need to take time off. Review each situation on a case-by-case basis and work with them as best you can.

6) Offering Bonuses

Offering bonuses for those who complete their tasks before the due date is a great way to keep motivation up for your team members. Being able to see the fruits of their labor will not only make them feel good about what they did but can inspire them to do even better next time.

7) Accountability

It is important to hold yourself accountable as well as your team. If certain deadlines or tasks are not being met, it’s up to the remote business owner to find a way to get everyone going in the right direction again.   

8) Flexible Working Hours

As long as work gets done within a reasonable time frame, I see nothing wrong with letting your employees choose their hours. I have a few employees who work from 9-5 and others who prefer to do their tasks before 11 AM or after 7 PM. It’s important to respect the boundaries of your team members while also encouraging them to get things done in an appropriate time frame.

9) Don’t Micromanage

Micromanaging is a big problem that I see in many companies. You should give your team members the appropriate level of autonomy to complete their tasks and allow them to use their own methods of getting things done. This will result in a happier workforce, better work quality, and increased productivity all around.

10) Consistency

Creating a sense of consistency among team members by following up regularly and checking in with those who are new will help build trust among everyone.  It’s important to make everyone feel as if they are a valuable member of the team by going out of your way to show this.

11) Strong Website and FAQ Section

Having a website with a list of frequently asked questions about your business gives employees a good place to visit without having to rely on email communication all the time.

Create a support page or FAQ page if your business warrants it and answer every question in detail. Therefore, new hires can read through the answers and better understand how to handle customer questions when they arise.

12) Hiring

Hiring the wrong people can lead to a lot of wasted time, frustration, and demotivation for your team. You should take the necessary steps before you hire anyone to see if they are right for the job by asking questions, checking their social media profiles, and looking up other places where they may have worked.

The successful candidate should be knowledgeable in the field you are hiring for and preferably have prior remote work experience.

Benefits of having a remote team

Working remotely has many benefits, both for the employer and the employee. For the employer, it can:

  • be a great way to save on office space and equipment
  • and it can also be helpful in attracting top talent who may not want to move to a specific city or country.

For the employee, working remotely often means:

  • more freedom and flexibility when it comes to hours and working from home.
  • Additionally, remote employees often feel more productive and happier since they are not confined to a specific space or time constraint.

One drawback to having a remote team is that it can be difficult to form strong connections on an interpersonal level. It may also be more challenging for employees who are new as they will not have the knowledge of an existing employee who has been working remotely for some time.

For those looking to start their own business, whether that’s as an entrepreneur, small business owner, or freelancer, having a remote team can be a great asset.

Working remotely often requires that an individual have strong time management skills which are incredibly beneficial when running their own business. Additionally, having a remote team means not having to worry about office politics and the distractions that may come with working in an office environment.

Additional tips for working remotely

  1. Set up your office space with the right tools to help you be productive while working remotely. Remove any unnecessary distractions from your workspace.
  2. Make sure you have an internet connection that works well and can handle all of the tasks you need it for (i.e., video chatting, uploading large files, etc).
  3. Stay on top of your work by setting deadlines for yourself and sticking to them.
  4. Take care of yourself – make sure you are eating healthy meals, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep at night.

Conclusion

It’s been a transformative couple of years for companies worldwide and we believe that the remote work trend will only continue to grow in 2022 and beyond. If you’re looking to start a remote company or are simply looking for ways to improve your remote work process, make sure to try out some of these tips. Do you have any other tips that have worked well for your remote team? Let us know in the comments!

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