Deciding to run your business remotely has plenty of benefits including flexible hours, low overhead costs, access to more talent within the global workforce, and more. Naturally, these benefits also come with its own challenges. In times like these, remote work is beneficial and essential, but beyond these circumstances, you may determine that a remote model actually suits you and your business. To help you manage your business remotely, here are four tips for your consideration.
Establish a Schedule
Keeping a strict schedule is key to running a business smoothly. Even if you don’t have to commute to a physical office or store, you shouldn’t completely abandon the deliberate calculated effort and structure that a schedule offers. It’s best to keep your business hours and personal hours separate. It’s difficult to switch on and off between two different trains of thoughts and priorities. When it comes to scheduling meetings or other group obligations, trying to keep them within the same rough time frame can help keep everyone on track.
Tune Out Distractions
A business environment is all about efficiency; there is simply no room for distractions. Whether it’s your dog frequently asking you for a walk outside or the TV sounds blasting past the living room, distractions are productivity-crippling. Encourage your workers to set up their home offices in a room separate from the other main hubs of activity. It is also beneficial to situate a home office in a separate room with its own door so that workers have a way to shut everything out when needed.
Over-Communicate With Your Employees
Keep your employees up to date at all times. Outsourcing jobs to different people across the globe can give you more qualified options,but it also means working with individuals in different time zones. Hold regular meetings, ask for project ETAs, create a company chatroom, and give real-time updates on anything business-related to your team leads and supervisors. Keeping everyone on the same page regardless of geographical location can help establish a sense of unity and trust.
Take a Breather
It can be easy to overwork yourself when there is such a thin line between your work and personal life. Your strategies to keep you efficient and productive can only work if your body and mind aren’t burnt out. Set boundaries by creating strict business hours and adhering to that time frame every day. Make it a point to do something with your family or friends at least once a week to de-stress. Educating workers on effective work-life balance practices when they are operating remotely can help them stay healthy and also show them that you care about their wellbeing.
Working remotely as a business is the dream job for many people, but in order to make it work, there must be clear boundaries, effective communication, and established expectations for workers and leaders in the company.
Originally published on KellyHoggan.net.