The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Chapter 2: Are Remote Employees Are Right For You?
Now that you know the benefits of remote working, you’re probably wondering whether or not remote employees make sense for your business. The truth is, remote employees don’t work for every business or individual.
When Having a Remote Team Does Not Make Sense
You Need Non-Digital Help
If you need employees to physically handle your product or be onsite for some other reason, obviously a remote team will not work for you. If you’re business relies on jobs such cashiers, cooks, or videographers, you will likely need to provide a workspace for them.
You Don’t Spend Much Time Online
If you don’t spend much time at the computer, you’ll have to think carefully about whether not a remote team is a good fit four business. You’ll need to be online often in order to manage your team. Technology is very important for remote workers. It’s how they communicate and get things done. If changing your technology habits is going to be too stressful, you may prefer a traditional office.
Having An Office Is Important To You
Offices are very social places and many people prefer them for that reason. If working in an office environment is important to you, it’s nothing to be ashamed of. You will likely be happier and more productive with your team in this setting.
You Are Not Comfortable With Remote Employees
There’s not rule saying you have to hire a remote team. Remote workers are not right for everyone. If for any reason you’re not comfortable with the idea, don’t force it. You can try outsourcing a few projects and see how that works for you. You feel more comfortable in the future.
When Remote Teams Make Sense
You Are a Digital Company
If you own a digital company such as a marketing or development agency, a media company, or a design firm having a remote team makes sense. Most of the work gets done on a computer and it can basically be done from anywhere.
Your Company Has Digital Roles
Even if you own a brick and mortar business such as a retail store or restaurant, you could still have a some digital roles that can be completed offsite. This could be anything from marketing to accounting as long as they don’t actually need to be onsite to do their job well.
You Are Comfortable With Technology
You’re going to have to use technology every day in order to keep in touch with your team. If you’re not comfortable with technology—or you’re not willing to learn—you won’t be able to manage your team effectively.
You Don’t Want the Risk of an Office
Offices are expensive and opening one can be a risky venture. Not only do you have to pay rent every month, but you need to buy desks, chairs, computers, office supplies. Plus utilities such as electricity and Internet, which can be a significant expense as well.
You Need to Focus Resources Elsewhere
New businesses need to manage their resources efficiently or they’ll never get off the ground. If you need to make large investments in product develop, equipment, or professional fees, one way to cut costs is to hire a remote team. All the money you saved not opening an office could be better spent elsewhere.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Am I comfortable with the idea of employees working in a separate location?
- Can the help I need be done in another location?
- Am I willing to use the technology required to manage a remote team?
- Is having my own office full of employees important to me?