6 Tips on Running an Entire Business...Remotely
I got DM from an entrepreneur who was interested in running his business remotely from anywhere in the world.
While it won’t work for every biz, I want to break down the process that’s allowed me to grow my business to numbers I only imagined.
Ok, let’s do this!
1 - STRUCTURE
The first thing you’ll need to run your business remotely is structure.
Have a daily routine. Mine: I bond with my family, read, workout, shower and get dressed.
If you work from home, STILL get dressed and have a separate workspace.
Wonders for productivity!
2 - DISCIPLINE
You should have WORK BLOCKS.
Block out times on calendar to work on specific projects w/o any interruptions!
Now, others can’t book you at these times.
Use @googlecalendar so they’re color-coded. During these times, don’t answer emails/phones, and WORK!
3 - SYSTEMS
As an agency, we have an archive of SOPs with more than 40 hours of internal training (video and docs).
Standard Operating Procedures are a set of step-by-step instructions made by an organization to help workers to carry out complex routine operations.
Example: we do a lot of content writing for clients. In our process, we create a title and keywords we’d like to use in a piece of content along with comparable content and other items. That is then added to a google sheet.
Each day, the writer reviews doc gets content written and submits it for review, once approved the admin adds the content to our site and optimizes it for SEO.
This is all documented in our training and takes the guesswork out of the process.
Once your VA, team members or staff understand the procedure, this can be replicated ten-fold.
Thus, making it easier to scale efforts, even with a small team, while providing high-level at a work cost!
4 - SELF MOTIVATED TEAM - the lifeblood
Most remote workers LOVE the flexibility of working from anywhere. They work efficiently and should be transparent in regards to their schedule and timing on projects.
Most have their own side-projects and ideas. Encourage it!!
5 - ACCOUNTABILITY - starts with YOU.
Any shortcomings are a result of your actions...or non-actions.
Make sure you use task management system to track team efforts and record due dates.
Keep a job description doc with timelines and estimates due dates!
Lastly, here are a few famous companies with remote teams:
InVisionApp amazon automatic optal zapier and more….
Think about your personal goals and see if remote work is a great fit. It can get a bit lonely, as camaraderie is digital, but if it’s for you, test it out!
July 12, 2019