Wouldn’t it be great if you could just go anywhere you wanted yet still manage your company? Business on autopilot. It sounds like something which would be difficult to set up or frustrating to handle, but it’s actually a lot simpler than you might think thanks to advances in cloud technology and a shift in the way we do business. Even if you have a physical store, as long as you employ some trusted workers it’s possible to manage and monitor your company no matter where you are—all it takes is a change in your workflow.
To help you out, we’ve put together a few tips and tricks that will enable you to run your business even when you’re not in the office.
It’s now possible for companies to completely forgo their office as long as it suits their company. For example, if you specialise in an outsourcing role, then you could operate your business from home assuming you can hire freelancers or remote employees. This is a fantastic option for anyone that’s looking to net some extra income at home with a side business, or if they prefer the comfort of working wherever they want. All you need is a laptop, communications software or a system to keep in touch with your staff and a tech-savvy mind.
Use Remote Tools
There are plenty of tools and software that enable you to monitor your business from a distance. Most of these are cloud software tools that let you get work done no matter where you are. Many forms of cloud software can also be accessed on portable devices like tablets and smartphones—they’re not limited to just laptops! It can even help to have remote network monitoring set up in your company to give you more tools to control your business, but also to enable outside technicians to fix your services from a distance. Remote tools are handy for a number of reasons, so don’t knock them till you’ve tried them!
We also need to talk about your staff. Unless you’re a solo entrepreneur that doesn’t need employees, you’re going to have to rely on your staff at some point. Work on building trust with your staff so that, in the event you need to step out or leave your office for a while, you can trust your staff with everything from monitoring the business to dealing with important decisions. Of course, they could always contact you if something needs your attention, but giving your staff autonomy and the power to make decisions that impacts your company will do wonders for their sense of purpose. You never want staff to feel expendable and giving them your trust is a great way to prevent that.
All in all, it’s completely possible to run a business remotely. Whether you need to leave for a business trip or if you just want to work from home, you can use remote tools and trustworthy employees to make managing your company a whole lot easier.