Managing Your Remote Business
Starting your at-home remote business venture is the first step on a long and exciting journey. After you’ve invested in your idea, put down the groundwork and set up success strategies for your project, it can very easily feel like all the hard work is over.
In reality, this is where it all begins.
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Once your remote business is off the ground, how you maintain it is going to be the true measure of its staying power and growth potential. No matter where in the world you are, this simple guide on managing your remote business will help you and your company thrive. So if you feel like taking an extended vacation or even moving overseas permanently, all of your work will be just as nomadic as you are!
Securing Your Investment
It’s probable that a wealth of money and time has gone into creating your online business, so the most important pursuit after launching is to make sure this investment is protected. Just as you’d use physical locks and bolts on the front of your door, online companies also need layers of security in place. The reason for this is twofold:
- First, to protect you from malware and hackers, who can corrupt the visual appearance of your company via malvertising and spam email sent from your account.
- Second, if you store customer information or handle payments online, you run the risk of personal information being stolen from you and your clients.
Fortunately, basic online security is simple and doesn’t have to break the bank. Installing a simple system with an anti-virus and firewall is a good first step. Similarly, if you host a website, there are often options for security plug-ins that can keep away potential attacks. However, perhaps most important when aiming to be able to work from anywhere in the world is ensuring the use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This handy program protects your data from insecure WiFi connections and ensures no hackers can intercept sensitive information. It also has the added bonus of allowing you to bypass geo-blocking restrictions if you’re in a country with strict online censorship.
Managing a Remote Team
If your business grows successfully, it won’t be long before you’re looking to hire a remote team. There are endless great platforms where you can find online workers, such as Upwork, making it easy to build an internet-based staff. However, this requires more thought and consideration than simply hiring the first applicant to ensure success.
Firstly, because of the lack of office environment and atmosphere, it can be difficult to maintain the enthusiasm of team members. It’s essential to hire workers who are as excited about being a part of your business as they are about the paycheck. For example, if you’re running a website for early child development, having a team of dedicated and motivated parents is probably your best option.
Similarly, ensuring there are constant channels of communication between you and your staff members is essential for a well-gelled team. Having face-to-face Skype meetings allows you to connect on a more personal level. In addition, opening up outlets for feedback and suggestions lets members feel like an integral part of the project and increases motivation. Finally, if all else fails, then payment incentives are often a great way to encourage a remote team to stay dedicated to your company.
Fortunately, the online world has meant there are endless great applications you can use for the successful management of your remote business and those who work for you. From the aforementioned security tools and Skype for meetings, the internet is awash with innovative and exciting tools that can help take your business to the next level. Platforms such as Trello and Wunderlist are a great way to map out tasks and assign them to different team members. Resource Guru can help you schedule and manage resources as well as staff and review programs. 15Five is a fantastic way to hear back from your team regarding how they’re progressing. It’s also often advantageous to set up a social outlet where your remote team can get to know each other on a more personal level.
With so many fantastic software features available online and to download, there really isn’t any need to have a static business anymore. By implementing these systems, you can easily take your company out of the office and anywhere in the world you want to go! You can search further for great team members, reach a wider audience than before and succeed in an area you love and are passionate about.
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Caroline Black is a blogger for Secure Thoughts and an internet entrepreneur. She is an internet security expert and has plenty of experience in running and maintaining her websites and other business ventures. She loves to travel with her family and always feels grateful that her job lets her do that.