Are you an online entrepreneur? (No! Why not?) Online start-ups are coming up rapidly with loads of ideas floating around the Internet. These online start-ups are also growing at a rapid pace, and many of them are gaining commendable success.
With technology shifting the way we build products and communicate with our customers, businesses are no longer required to work side-by-side with every contributing team member. According to Global Workplace Analytics, the population of remote employees has grown by 103% since 2005. Attitudes towards remote work is also shifting, with at least 80% of U.S. workforce stating that they’d prefer to work from home at least part-time.
One myth regarding remote teams is that they don’t perform as well as in-office teams. However, there are many studies that support the work ethic and culture of remote teams. A study conducted by Cisco in 2009 found that 69% of surveyed employees experience higher productivity while working remotely, and 75% of them stated that their timelines had improved. When it comes to communication, 83% found that were able to collaborate with team members the same or better than on-site.
Additionally, remote teams are often less costly and don’t require the same resources and/or benefits that traditional in-office employees do, and there are many best practices for remote teams to ensure success. Here are five types of remote teams that will help take your startup to the next level.
Working on any software product is a huge undertaking. The employer takes on all the risks; if the product doesn’t turn out as planned, they could lose tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Mishaps in quality assurance, implementations, code, and execution all turn into costly mistakes and deliverables that are hard to scale and maintain. This is why it’s so important to employ a great team of developers to get your product done right the first time.
One of the many perks of a remote development team is that all developers are vetted by the firm, saving you months of interviews and potential trial-and-error. In addition to word-of-mouth recommendations and search engine queries, platforms such as Clutch.co make the research process much smoother. Clutch hosts thousands of vendor reviews for engineering firms like ELEKS and QBurst, almost all of which are remote-based.
Remote IT Support
Remote IT support can help your startup with a myriad of processes that keep the business running smoothly. If your startup is the vehicle, consider information technology to be the wheels. With remote IT desk help you get a team of dedicated IT professionals whose primary goal is to provide you with ongoing support and maintenance.
Remote agencies work for you even while you’re sleeping; IT support is a 24/7 gig. They employ the best processes to ensure that your business experiences no downtime, data breaches, or service interruptions. They also typically offer a flat rate for managed services, making it easier for startups to budget for IT expenditures.
While it’s always helpful for your employees to have great writing chops, if your startup requires consistent written content, freelance writers are a great way to go. Whether you’re hiring someone for one-time website content, weekly blog posts, or product descriptions, you can always find someone to get the job done. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, and Scripted make it easy to hire both independent writers and writing agencies. In addition to writer resumes, these resources allow businesses to view profiles and reviews from previous clients.
It is very common for public relations teams to work independently of businesses. A simple search for “public relations firms in [insert city here]” will yield thousands of results. There are many debates regarding the effectiveness of in-house, DIY, and full PR firms. Whether public relations is right for your business depends on your current business needs and goals. Once you’ve determined that PR is the right way to go, remote PR is probably a better option.
With a dedicated team of professionals, PR teams have the connections and know-how to get your startup the press it needs. There are also PR teams who specialize in specific industries like technology or fashion. And firms like Agency 2.0 and Ignite Agency specialize in crowdfunding campaigns who can benefit from the promotion.