Remote working is a benefit sought out by more and more employees these days, but would it work for you or be beneficial to your business?
Essentially, if you and your employees or colleagues carry out work that doesn’t need to be done on-site you could offer remote working. Working remotely means saying goodbye to the daily commute, but it also means that a business needs to have top-notch communication skills. If your team is completely remote, this can work well – but having a head office while some of the team works remotely can mean that not everyone is on a level playing field, and those in the office may have an advantage while those absent are left out of communications. So while remote working offers some great benefits, it needs to be done properly in order to be fair and efficient.
Widen Your Search
Offering remote working can be a good way of finding valuable staff a little further afield who you otherwise wouldn’t be able to employ. You might be struggling to find someone with a specific skillset in your local area, but if you can widen the search to countrywide or even worldwide, the person you find could be a real asset to your business. Remote working also gives employees more flexibility, so if this is something you can provide it will often be seen as a great benefit.
Give Your Employees Freedom and Trust
Being able to work remotely often (but not always) means that you can carry out work to a schedule that works for you. Need to take the morning off to go to the dentist? No problem. Need to work from your parents’ house so you can dog-sit while they go on holiday? As long as you have an internet connection and a laptop, you’re probably good to go. While some companies or roles will require employees to be at their desks at a certain time (such as customer service positions), others will be much more flexible, allowing people to work at a time best suited to them.
As well as offering your employees more freedom, by allowing them to work remotely you are also showing that you trust them to do great work without anyone looking over their shoulder.
Plan For Success
If a remote working appeals to you, consider the effects it will have on your business and plan for them accordingly. While writing your business plan, consider how remote working will affect your finances – you won’t need to pay for office overheads, but you may need to consider other issues such as exchange rates if you are hiring people working in other countries. Will some roles need to be carried out in the UK, or will they all be very flexible? How will it affect your customers, and will it give you any advantages over your competition?
If you would like any help with writing a business plan for your remote business, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch using the contact form on the right or call 01604 420 420.