Thanks to the rapid advancement in technology, it’s no longer impossible to start and run your business remotely from anywhere in the world. Thanks to digital tools like Zoom, Slack, and Asana, no one can tell the difference if you’re working from an office or a tropical beach in Asia. In this blog, Will Cotter shares his pro tips from remotely running his professional cleaning company, BetterCleans.
Invest in a stable Internet connection and have a backup
Connectivity is your bread and butter if you’re working remotely. Make sure you’re hooked up to a reliable Internet connection at home. When traveling, always research the Internet situation in the country or city you’re planning to visit. Buy the local sim so you can access data immediately and ask for companies that rent Wi-Fi hotspots.
Upgrade to top-quality gadgets that won’t let you down
Set aside sentimentality and invest in your gear. Sure, your five-year-old laptop has seen you through your humble beginnings, but there’s a possibility it’s no longer performing as stellar as it used to. You should also get a noise-canceling headset or earphones so you can run client and staff meetings virtually with ease, even if you’re in a busy coffee shop or airport.
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Nurture a remote-first work culture in your team
Ensure your team has everything they need to do their jobs remotely. From tech to training, it’s important that they know how to deal with different situations and that necessary support is available when they feel confused. For other teams, we meet halfway and schedule our meetings at times that are convenient for all parties involved. There are also other business opportunities you can run remotely.
Establish core hours and streamline your processes.
It can be challenging to get everyone online simultaneously when you’re running a company remotely and have team members from different countries and in varying time zones worldwide. We establish core working hours for client-facing employees who need to be on the phone to make sales or customer service calls
Provide them with proper tools for communication and collaboration. We’ve seen much success using Slack to keep in touch with everyone, and Asana tracking tasks and progress of specific projects.