There are some strong cases for why remote teams are the future of successful brands. With companies like ConvertKit, Trello, MailChimp, and others taking full advantage of the benefits that come along with hiring remote, it is easy to see why many businesses have such great success working with remote teams.
Reason #1: Remote Teams Outperform Local Teams
Many people are skeptical regarding the performance of working with a remote team. Both remote and local teams are driven by their goals and responsibilities assigned to them but how much work is actually getting done in a day.
Focused, deep work is ultimately harder to accomplish in an office-based setting. Distractions are inevitable to avoid no matter where you work. Unfortunately, office settings are the mecca for gossip and micromanaging at it’s best. Between the multiple cubicle visitors throughout the day, bathroom breaks, water cooler talks, grabbing lunch with the gang down the street, these behaviors are eating away at a ton of paid work hours for work that may not be getting done in a timely fashion. We have all been there and done that, but now the tables are turned and You own the business, YOU are in control and YOU have bills to pay. So what top-talent team members are you looking for now?
Remote teams outperform and are more driven then local teams in so many ways. Their quality of life while working in the comfort of their own home outweighs any fancy workspace. Many remote workers have perfected how to utilize their alone time. They tend to work before anyone wakes up in the house after everyone leaves for the day, then more work after everyone is in bed. They tend to work at least 10+ hours a day. Their work is structured and they have strict timelines to adhere to. They know what needs to get done in order to get paid. Besides completing tasks and projects for their clients, they have a business to keep afloat.
Reason #2: Remote Teams Are More Engaged
Growing your small business takes time, money, patience, and a whole lot of faith in hoping they will be the perfect fit for your business. You may go through a few candidates before you find your match but when you do, do not let them go. One of the many wonderful talents of having a remote team is how engaged and focused each member is. Because many remote workers typically have their own online business they manage ie. a Virtual Assistant has their own business and is the client of a Business Consultant, their drive is unimaginable. They know what it takes to grow a business and nurture clients.
Once acclimated to your team, members have a clear understanding of their role as being a partner within your business. They also know what is expected of them and how to represent your brand’s mission, vision, and voice online and in their work they oversee. Micromanaging is usually not necessary because if the work doesn’t get done, then they don’t get paid. Their engagement and ability to over-deliver what is expected of them is their promise they are in it to win it.
Reason #3: Remote Teams Communicate Better
Communication is the lifeline that holds a team together. It is also the foundation of everything we do in life and should be no different in managing your business. Without proper communication in your business, you risk running your business into the ground by tasks getting done poorly or not on time, goals not being reached, or products not getting ordered. The bottom line…communication is key.
Small business owners who work with remote teams understand communication must be their top priority. Typically members are spread across the world in different time zones. The best way you can communicate with a remote team is to take advantage of using one of the many communication programs available for businesses. Because let’s face it, a chain of emails is very cumbersome to scroll through. Using software programs like customer relationship management programs (CRM) and project management programs, remote teams have a direct line to communicate with each team member or with their customer accounts. Online business owners can keep a close eye on the progress and completion of all tasks and projects on hand.
Weekly or monthly team meetings are necessary to keep team members updated on what you have been working on for the business. It is important for everyone to express their concerns or hear their suggestions. This helps to understand everyone’s role and how they intertwine with each other. Remote teams utilize online web meeting applications to host live meetings with their team members across the world.
To Go Remote or Not
Still, there is much to learn about how to how to build a great team and why they will help your business thrive. One thing is for sure, remote teams are here to stay and it is an option every small business should explore in one capacity or another.