Being confined to an office in order to manage an online business is not advantageous to the business owner. The internet has opened up the opportunity to break away from the usual 9-5 routine and work remotely. It is possible to work remotely from anywhere in the world as long as there is internet access. This gives flexibility as well as costs relating to renting office space is eliminated.
Before you take the plunge and break away from the office, a little essential planning is required first. You need your business to be fully functioning with the most up to date software. If you are leaving behind a staff team, it would be a good idea to outsource to freelancers certain tasks such as payroll, payroll services cost differing amounts, so research carefully.
Give your website and IT equipment a health check
As everything to do with the running of your business is based on your website, it needs to be fit for purpose and working effectively.Install the very latest cybersecurity software to prevent data breaches from getting hacked.
If you take online payments and have an online store make sure the connection is secure and that your product stock levels are updated frequently.Before you set off on your travels, or take the plunge and leave the confines of the office, it’s essential to make sure that your website is suitable for purpose. Your whole business will be run from it, so having effective systems in place is imperative. Ensure that your cyber security is working effectively and is up to date, especially if you are taking payments via your website.
Much of your communication will be carried out online, so install the latest communication systems such as skype and conference calling.
Communication is essential
In order to run a business successfully whilst working remotely, excellent communication is key. Meetings and conversations occur naturally within an office environment and you can easily check if information has been understood.
When working remotely you need to take special care and attention to communication methods. Use skype and video conference services to try to recreate a face to face meeting. Arrange to stay in regular contact with freelancers and staff to ensure everyone is working to the same aim.
Always follow up verbal communication with written instruction by email and break tasks down into easily achievable chunks.
Catch up in person at every available opportunity so that you keep your “finger on the pulse” so to speak.
Working remotely offers a whole host of opportunity, you could consider travelling around the world whilst you travel or take an extended break away. Many business owners love the flexibility, but it is essential to be fairly strict on “office hours”, otherwise your work/life balance could be hampered.
To make working remotely a success you need to put a fair bit of essential planning in place first,the majority of which is around communication and networking. Remote working is becoming much more commonplace in today’s market.