Remote Work – A Brilliant Choice for New Startups
For the entrepreneurial-minded professional, launching a startup is an exhilarating experience. There are many choices to make: how to best generate leads, where to work, who to hire, and how quickly to scale the business. A remote work environment is a viable option for startups who want to keep costs low, hire the best talent, and create a winning culture.
Not everyone is made for remote work, but it’s not as burdensome as you may think to create a winning culture with the right people. In fact, creating an in-house team is likely more difficult! Setting expectations from day one, and ensuring your startup’s brand of collaborative remote work culture is infused from the beginning, helps set the tone for working naturally in an offsite environment.
Company culture and socialization is not based on noisy, in-person get-togethers. It’s shaped by actions. The way decisions are made, and communication choices between the team, all add up. A great workplace is not just about chatting and having in-office leisure time. In a remote startup environment, the worker can focus instead on his or her project in a way that feels comfortable – socialization is always possible in a remote environment, too.
Yes indeed, you can still have “water cooler” conversations. Light chats and brief virtual get-togethers are often part of remote team culture. Tools like Slack, Google Hangouts, Skype, and ScreenShare are just the beginning.
5 Reasons Why Remote Work is Great for Startups:
- Your startup has the freedom to retain the best people
Remote talent search allows startup owners to find the best men and women for the job throughout the United States– and worldwide. No longer are entrepreneurs limited by local talent, which can be a big help for startups looking to stand out among the competition.
- Your startup bears less fixed costs
Warm bodies in a warm office equals…what? Not much more, necessarily, than additional fixed costs. If there’s no reason within your trade to have your team physically in an office, why pay for the utilities, supplies, and rent that send your fixed costs soaring? If you can get the work done in a remote environment – there’s no need to spend more money.
- Your startup enjoys more productive workers
Unproductive workers means your startup loses money. Eliminate distraction (and people who distract others!) by allowing your team to work in the environment that allows them to thrive. They will not only appreciate your respectful and collaborative leadership, but they will deliver better results.
- Your startup bears less stress and delights in a better culture
The life of the office worker can be extremely stressful. There’s the commute, the distractions and noise, and often, an air of micromanagement that can be detrimental to productivity and happiness. Giving your remote team the freedom and personal responsibility that is so crucial to self-confidence and self-efficacy creates a better culture – it’s not how often you have your eyes on your team members.
- Your team is small
If your startup is a one-man or one-woman operation, working at home, remotely, without a rented office is one of the easiest ways to save money. Even when your team starts with three or four members, spending thousands of dollars per month on a workspace is probably not the wisest way to spend incoming cash, either. Even though remote teams can be made up of hundreds of people, a small team can really thrive in a remote work environment without any fancy tools.
Startups can definitely thrive in a remote work environment – in fact, in can help take a startup to new heights – but it must be countered by the right leadership, the right culture, and a willingness to accept the freedom that is afforded to the employee. One of the best ways for startup leaders to do this is to foster a mutual relationship of trust, respect, and clarity with every team member.
Tech Loves Remote Work
Companies like Basecamp, Buffer, RecurVoice, and BareMetrics, to name a few, run their businesses in a remote environment. Their tips? Stay organized and in communication with tools that allow your team to chat or communicate on message boards, talk in real time, keep track of each other’s blocked time, and exchange documents. Also recommended for international teams? Time zone syncing. If your team has a few members in Europe, while the others are based in the United States, create a time zone overlap system so teams can at least catch each other and collaborate during a few hours of each work day.
Thinking About Starting a Remote Company?
We’ve done it! And we’d love to be a resource to you here at NoBorder Productions. Our Know-How page is full of valuable information on working remotely, and we’re always here if you have any questions.
When beginning your remote-based startup journey, remember that fostering communication, respect, and collaboration, and setting the tone of your company based on actions, not a mission statement on a fancy PDF, is the way to keep your remote startup running smoothly so you can do more. Our most precious resources within our startups are the team, our time, and our ability to grow the business, and creating a remote-based startup is a great way to enrich and enhance all aspects of the startup journey.
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