When we’re working on a budget to develop our business, we usually accept the fact that we’re going to have to fork out for an office, or at the very least, some sort of location. These days, it is not uncommon for companies and all of its employees to work remotely. While the bigger companies are providing work at home options, primarily due to the fact that it can make for a less stressed employee, but those businesses that exclusively hire remote employees aren’t just looking for a way to save money, the fact is remote working can appeal to pretty much everyone. But, remote working comes with a lot of challenges. And specifically, the challenges that you have to contend with are infinitely more than your employees. As a result, what do you need to ensure that you are running an effective business from your home?
Laying Down The Law At Home
This has to be addressed as a matter of urgency. If you are experienced in running small side hustles from home (perhaps you had an affiliate program once upon a time), and then you know already how difficult it can be to keep so many plates spinning when you have a family vying for your attention at every moment. So many parents work from home as a necessity, especially when the children are ill, but does this mean they get much work done? It’s unlikely. This means that if you stand any chance of being successful in running this, you’ve got to lay down the law. This isn’t just for the benefit of yourself, but this can help to highlight the difference between when you’re working and when you are not. You need a home office of sorts, somewhere that is out of bounds for everybody except yourself. This means you can get organised in your own way. After all, you’ll realise how many different components are needed to keep the business up and running. As you will be in constant contact with employees and clients, not to mention the fact that you will have to motivate, inspire, as well as pay your employees, a child tugging at your leg wanting to play might be one task too much. And we can feel horrible if we tell our children that “mummy is working”, but if you can lay down the law, and ensure your children know when not to bother you; this will make life so much easier.
Work Smart, Not Hard
It’s still a commonly held belief that we have to work hard to get anywhere. But if we are to constantly work hard at getting something sorted, but we’re not making any headway, we’ve got to figure out a way to work with a bit more intelligence. This is essential for you when you are being torn in so many different directions. You have to be organised, but if you’re not a person or the word “organised” isn’t in your vocabulary, you’ve got to figure out the best ways to work smart instead of hard. This isn’t just in how you structure your working day, but it’s making the most of the right tools for a smoother process all-round. Because you will have to deal with the admin side of things, especially the very beginning when you cannot afford someone to do that role directly, it is heaven sent that there are so many cloud programs and accounting software, as well as collaboration tools that can help you in so many aspects of your working day. There is software to help minimise your employee labor costs, do the books, but also ensure that the working day is structured towards productivity. And if you are working with a team of people where collaboration is essential, the right tools will mean so much. After all, we’re trying to make our workers productive, so we have to instil specific processes, but we can do this for the benefit of our working day as well. Not just so the tasks get completed, but we also have a good work-life balance.
Strive To Improve The Relationships With Your Employees
Arguably the most difficult part of remote working is having a relationship with your colleagues. After all, everybody is remotely situated in front of their computer screens, and this sense of distance can be one of the major quibbles anyone can have. Because if you’re looking to improve teamwork, team spirit, and have a working attitude that improves the ethos of the business and the culture of the colleagues, it’s incredibly complex to get right when you’ve got such a fragmented group of people. But what you can do is lead by example, and develop your relationship with the people that work for you as much as humanly possible. It’s so easy for us to hide behind emails, but when we look back to the notion of productivity, is typing an email going to take longer than having a conversation with them? Of course, it is! If we rely on messenger programs and emails just to ask a basic question, only to find that we haven’t made ourselves very clear, the miscommunication is going to add up to a lot of wasted time. It’s far better to establish your leadership style at the very outset to encourage open and honest communication between colleagues and yourself. Whether this means having a team brief first thing in the morning and then letting everybody get on with their day, or if there are major problems, you can just pick up the telephone or video call them; this is going to result in a more human relationship.
Don’t Be Afraid To Delegate
And what we can struggle with when we have teams working remotely and there’s no human contact to be had, we can struggle with the idea of delegating, but this is essential for you to establish a process that is productive. Delegating isn’t just common sense, but it instils trust in other workers, meaning that they will have an allegiance to the business. We shouldn’t be afraid to delegate to our employees, even though we’re all working remotely. A lot of the time, the act of delegation comes from long-term observation, which we can still do remotely, it just requires more effort to solidifying these bonds. We have to remember the delegation is vital, especially if we run into problems, such as illness, or personal issues. And this is why we have to set the standards early on. Running a business from home is not just a great way to cut back on costs, but it’s a challenge in how good you are at communicating with others.
When we work up close and personal, we can develop a sort of shorthand as far as communication is concerned, but we don’t have this when working remotely. But developing relationships with our workers and having a sense of organisation is key to ensuring that it doesn’t head south fast. The big problem many businesses can have with remote workers is that there is a lack of structure. To run a business from home doesn’t mean living an easy life and saving money while we’re at it, but it requires a lot more in terms of focus and dedication. It may come to the point where you are able to set up a business in a physical location, by which point you will have ironed everything out and the workers will have got into their own rhythm. In many ways, remote working is a way to empower your employees, and you can argue that it requires a lot more organisation than an office.