Christine A Howard

Work at Home Tips: Managing a Remote Team

Many homesteaders run their own businesses out of their homes. This allows them not only to provide for their family with meat and produce, but with an income as well. Working from home helps you to save time and manage your time more easily. It often means working solo, but many people end up building a remote team of people too.

This allows you to expand your business activities while still being able to work from your home. There are challenges that come with having a remote team, but they can be navigated so that everyone can work well together. Here are some of the ways you can manage your remote team and collaborate more easily.

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Choose the Right Communication Tools

Being able to communicate effectively with your remote team is a must. You can help them to communicate with you and each other by offering a choice of ways to stay in touch. They might be able to email, call or use an application like Slack to discuss your projects. You could also have policies about when to use different types of communication. A shared communication portal might be the best place for information that the whole team needs to know and be able to refer to. An email or private message is more suited to a conversation between just two or three people.

Manage Documents with Ease

When you have a lot of documents that your team needs to access, you need the right tools to manage them. With a document management system, you can ensure everyone can easily access the docs that they need. Take a look at the features available from to see how a document management tool can help. It can give you the functionality that your team needs to work together and share information. The right tools can make collaborating easier and ensure everyone is on the same page.

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Set Expectations

People who are part of a remote team can sometimes be unsure about what is expected of them. When you can’t communicate in person, it’s not always easy to know what and when you should be communicating. It can help your team if you set expectations about when they need to check in, report on what they’re doing or collaborate with others on the team. It’s also a good idea to make sure that everyone knows they can approach you if they have any questions or concerns. This will help them to work more smoothly and understand their duties.

Get Social with Your Team

As well as interacting with your remote team when you’re working, it’s a great idea to try and be social with them on other occasions too. You can encourage getting to know each other outside of a work context so that everyone can get to know each other. Socializing together can help everyone to work better as a team because they are more comfortable with each and get along better. It can help a remote team to connect with each other even if they’re not in the same location.

Managing your remote team can be a challenge, but it allows you to do more when you run a business from home.

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