We constantly advocate for remote work here at Remote Staff. So much so that our founder even put up a business to enable more people to take part in it.
The benefits are legion. On the client-side, it provides access to the best talent out there, regardless of geographical distance. The savings you’ll get from outsourcing certain functions are quite significant too.
On the other hand, remote workers, especially from the Philippines, benefit greatly from the option to work from home. This way, they can earn a decent living without having to migrate abroad and leave their families. AU$1,000 might not seem like a lot Down Under, but it goes much farther in the Philippines.
However, remote work can be challenging, especially if you’ve never been in such a set-up. You’ll have to come up with your own structure, for one. Building and managing your team of remote workers can also be tricky, what with the distance and the limitations it entails. If you’re reading this and are thinking about trying a remote work set-up, you probably have a few concerns yourself.
So, in service of our valued customers, here’s something of a roadmap to our blog articles that provide answers to your most common questions.
Handling the Challenges That Come With Managing Your Remote Team
When you think about the challenge of remote working, handling a remote team is often foremost. Here are some FAQ’s on the subject and resources for addressing them.
Should I Hire Freelancers or Hire Through a Remote Work Agency?
This is one of the most common questions for any entrepreneur who’s just about to hire their first remote worker. There are pros and cons to both sides, and this article summarising both should help you make an informed decision.
How Do I Come Up With a Shortlist?
Let’s say you’ve already got a pool of applicants. Congratulations! The next step now is to conduct interviews and determine which of them would meet your needs best….by removing the ones that won’t.
What Can I Do To Keep My Remote Team’s Morale Up?
One of the reasons why remote work fails is that it can be isolating. Even the best remote work talent can fall prey to this, so it’s key to nip it in the bud.
The most effective strategy might vary from company to company, but here are a few articles to help you come up with yours:
Which Tools Can Help Me Manage a Remote Team?
Communication is incredibly important to a distributed team. Thankfully, we don’t lack for the technology to help bring this about effectively. So, whether your team communicates asynchronously or otherwise, here’s a list of essential tools that might help.
How Do I Handle Difficult Remote Workers?
Whether you manage a traditional office or a remote team, it’s normal to encounter difficult workers from time to time. Here’s how to spot them in your team and more importantly, how to handle them.
Handling the Challenges That Come With Managing Yourself (And Your Family, If You’ve Got Kids)
Being your own boss is great. However, the downside is that the buck stops with you. If something goes wrong, you have to fix it – even if you’ll have to work weekends or nights on it. Sometimes, one of the biggest benefits of being an entrepreneur can also be a pitfall. Sure, you’re in charge of your own schedule, but there’s no one looking over your shoulder to make sure you get things done. That’s on you too.
And when you’re growing your company from home and handling a remote team, you’re exposed to more distractions. It can be quite easy to fall off the track, and for the day to get away from you.
If you’ve got kids, well, that could add another layer of challenges too. Balancing caring for them and meeting deadlines is always going to be tough.
Fortunately, there are strategies that can help you manage your day more efficiently. Here are a handful of them:
Transitioning from the Office to Working from Home
This process is a lot trickier than it seems. Even if you do set up a home office, there are some elements about working from home that will require certain adjustments. Here are some of the most effective ones.
Speaking of adjustments, you wouldn’t want to jump into working in your pj’s too quickly either. Here’s why.
Balancing Parenting with Remote Work Duties
Being a working parent will require you to wear even more hats. And there will be days when things might feel overwhelming, especially if you also need to take care of your child’s homeschooling.
Here are a couple of articles that might help:
Of course, the best option would be to outsource as many of your tasks at home or at work as possible. Here’s our Ultimate Guide for doing just that.
Dealing With A Crisis
Any entrepreneur is bound to encounter problems, whether they operate online or offline. How well you contain and ultimately resolve a crisis will depend on making the right decisions from the get-go. Click here to read about three core values that are key to strategic decision-making in such situations.
Got more questions? Or are you eager to get started with outsourcing but don’t know where to start? We can help you either way.
Remote Staff has got more than a decade’s worth of experience matching the best remote Filipino talent with AU entrepreneurs from various industries. From shortlisting candidates to onboarding them and handling their payroll, we’ve got you covered.
All you have to do is click here and schedule a callback.