For many businesses, an office-based team just isn’t necessary. It costs a lot of money and means the business often misses out on the best people for the job. Flexible businesses that build successful teams often include the use of a remote virtual assistant as well as other remote and home workers. So could this model work for you?
The benefits of a remote team
There’s pretty much no office job that can’t be done remotely. From remote admin jobs like telephone answering and diary management to a remote marketing manager or accountant, all these jobs can be done by experienced, professional and reliable people without it costing you a fortune. So what are the benefits?
Bringing remote workers on board
Depending on the number of hours per week you need from each member of your remote team, you may be more or less involved with their day-to-day tasks. However, it’s still important that you define your job roles clearly, communicate and agree them with your remote worker and have a good quality contract that sets out rights, expectations and responsibilities for both parties.
Managing a remote workforce is a different challenge to running an in-house team. So whether you are building a big team for a particular project, or just need a resource like a remote executive assistant, you’ll need to make sure that you have clear lines of communication, an understanding of what needs to be referred back to you before any action is taken, and a good job description.
You’ll also need to put in place a regular review process so that you can be sure that both of you are happy with the way things are working, and to make any changes so that the work is handled efficiently and effectively. You might want to arrange regular meetings, either in person or on Skype, that allow you to catch up properly, address any issues and make sure everything is going in the right direction. This is your responsibility as an employer, helping your remote workers to feel part of the business and that their opinions and feedback count.
How to get started
If you think the financial and productivity benefits of a remote worker – or a remote team – will work for your business, you need to take a strategic approach. This will help to ensure that you hire the best people for the job, with the right attitude and skills to be able to manage their workload. Remote working often goes wrong when people are unable to prioritise tasks, meet deadlines or take the work seriously. You need to:
This exercise will put you in a much better place to go out and talk to a range of remote suppliers to see what will work best for your business. It could be a single agency that offers a range of remote virtual assistant skills, or you may hire on an individual basis. However you choose to work it, this is a modern, flexible and affordable way to scale up your business team successfully.
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