Running a business can be very challenging, let alone a 100% virtual based business. When managed correctly, virtual employees can be a great asset. Unfortunately, without effective management, keeping virtual employees productive can be a struggle.
I have ran a virtual company over the past 11 years. Based on this experience, I have put together this article to provide you with four of the top secrets to running a virtual company.
- Setting the ground rules. Make sure that you establish accountability from day one.
- Provide some “face time”. Have weekly meetings with web cams so that you can see expressions and tone. I recommend using skype.
- Reporting. Having daily, weekly and monthly reports ensures that work is getting done.
- In-person meetings. It’s always nice to meet face to face and bond with your team.
Having virtual employees is a great asset and when they are managed and treated well, they can be productivity powerhouses!