A major issue that remote startups face is managing their teams. After all, asynchronous communication can have a serious negative impact on growing companies if not done effectively.
This article will discuss ways startups can better manage their remote team’s communication and workflow.
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1. Hire remote talent
Hiring international employees can benefit your organization by bringing in skills that are scarce in your location. This not only diversifies the skill set of an entire workforce, but also provides access to a global talent pool for any job opening within or outside their expertise. Remote work benefits employees because it offers them opportunities without needing to relocate and uprooting themselves from family and friends- all while still working on something they love!
2. Use a platform for communication
Like mentioned previously, communication is the spine of a project, of a collaboration. Distance makes it harder to communicate but there are several applications, such as Slack, Notion and Calendly that make it easier to collaborate with your teammates and employees.
Slack is a popular messaging tool that streamlines communications and workflow for teams of all sizes. With the ability to create unlimited channels, teams can keep communication simple and focused.
Similar to Slack, another tool that helps with organizing work is Notion. This platform helps you stay on top of projects every step of the way, and easily communicate with those involved.
Finally, Calendly eliminates the hassle of back-and-forth emails and makes scheduling easier than ever before, saving you precious hours that can be spent on more important tasks like growing your business or completing projects ahead of deadlines.
Thanks to online collaboration tools, it is now much easier to work with remote workers than ever before.
Online teams can interact with each other and brainstorm ideas and hold virtual meetings in actual real-time. On the other hand, assignment-related tools such as Trello for instance, allows the manager to assign work to various members of the team. They can check up on each other's progress and give a helping hand in a way that feels like being in the same room together.
Moreover, there are yet other platforms and you can assign them projects, discuss them with your teammates, share and exchange files related to the project with them, have them share their opinions and feedback on it, and when the project is being worked on, you can always conduct virtual meetings to take updates from them about the progress of the project.
Make sure that before you choose an application for communication, you consider all of its features and choose the best one out of them.
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3. Invest in security
There are several methods available on the internet by which you can send and receive files securely. You could use anyone from the various options available, but always make sure that the format in which you send a file is not just limited to that particular application and try choosing a more common format.
For example Google Docs is one of the best platforms out there for sharing files. You can just make a worksheet on MS Excel and paste the link of the file created on Google Docs on that list, so that everyone would be able to access it.
File transfer is a crucial step since it helps you in collaborating better with all your teammates. Also, the application has to be safe for exchanging important data. There are several applications that lock a file with a password and therefore endure its privacy.
Although sharing files has its own importance, it is more common knowledge. There are other applications that help with security and people might not be aware of them, such as 2 factor authentication and Team Password.
Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is a security measure that can be used to protect your account. You must enter an additional code when you sign in, and the Two-Factor Authentication feature supports two types of authentication methods: authenticator apps or email address authentication systems.
TeamPassword is a secure password management and sharing service for teams that simplifies access to shared passwords. It lets team members log in with just one click, and shares credentials from within the app so they're always up-to-date.
4. Hire the right content writers
Something crucial for startups that could be usually overlooked is paying attention to finding writing professionals. This could be important for different reasons, such as having them write excellent reviews for your products or build a good presence for your subscription business blog with informative articles. Among this profession is a CER Writing, popular mostly in the medical field.
A clinical evaluation report writer is a person who writes reports about a clinical product or method or anything that has been administered to a person or in a venture. The ACER writer is supposed to write about the time of administration and mention all the details about it, especially about the feedback, the success rate of the trial, and the side effects noticed (if any). This will help startups appear truthful in the eyes of their audience.
5. Keep record of progress and employee time
If you're a new startup trying to figure out your journey through remote working strategy, make sure you keep a track of all the projects that are being worked upon and all the employees who are working in them. You can even hire a team or an individual that keeps a track of the work done by your employees and makes the process of evaluation easy for you.
Another way of how teams can keep track of projects and hours completed is by making use of different softwares online. For instance, Project Management Software is an online platform that allows users to report the time they spent working on tasks and projects. There is also Forecast, another platform to run all project operations.
6. Consider hiring freelancers
Something else that definitely adds value for startups is freelancing. Freelancing as a career option allows people to take jobs of their choice and with the comfort and facility of working for as many companies they like at a time.
Most Freelancers have experience in working from home, which means you won’t have to help them acclimate to a remote team setting.
These people operate outside the ambit of a proper office structure. This means you are not responsible for their health insurance coverage, their medical bills, transport, and mobile allowances not to mention gratuities and provident funds. They work at their own convenience and at their own timings. Since they are not technically your employees, but outside contractors, you are not beholden to them any more than they are beholden to you.
A freelancer can work on multiple projects at the same time, while you can also hire many such individuals for the same project. Startups usually hire freelancers to complete projects that small teams may not have bandwidth to accomplish. If either of you is dissatisfied in any way, you can simply discontinue working with each other.
Best of all, your freelancers offer you the very best services you can find literally on this planet.
When you outsource to a freelancer, you can use the whole world as your recruiting ground and buy the best possible services at the best rates. Working in an office would mean that you are constrained by geographical boundaries and certain laws regarding employing people in an office. However, a freelancer working from another continent won’t be subject to the same laws as your office workers.
Start-ups are not new to the market and countless people dream of launching their start-up. It takes a lot to lead a start-up to the path of success. Adjusting to the present circumstances, several startups have started practicing working from home.
This is a great opportunity. A fresh start-up won’t have to spend precious resources on creating a working space by purchasing or hiring commercial property. They can get to work by simply hiring people from anywhere they like and on terms and conditions acceptable to everyone. They could especially focus their workforce internationally so the chances of finding even better talent are increased.
While managing remote work, one should consider hiring freelancers. Choose an efficient platform for communicating, such as Slack, Notion and Calendly and find apps to secure your work.
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