Announcing New Remote Working Series

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I wanted to take some time today to introduce a new series you’ll be seeing on the blog. It centers around remote work, which more and more employers are allowing on the regular. If you’re building a business via the internet, you might be on the other side employing people remotely.

In either situation there are a lot of questions in need of answers. Here are just some of the ones we’ll be covering in coming weeks as we chat with small business owners about how they handle their remote teams.

How do you handle communication?

When you’re not all in the same office, it’s important to have great systems in place. With all the options on the market today, we’ll look into both software and analog systems that other growing business owners have found useful.

How do you handle employee timeclocks and payroll?

Do you have an actual accountant or do you use one of those online services? What’s the market rate for these services so I can make sure I’m not getting ripped off?

Payroll is not something you want to mess up. But there are solutions out there whether you’re paying freelancers or W-2 employees. For example, Buddy Punch offers a remote employee time clock that tracks and geolocates your employees’ hours. The system can also be used to request PTO or setup auto reminders to nudge your employees to take a break.

How do you handle everything else HR remotely?

It’s interesting to look at the conflict resolution that has to happen in remote workplaces versus physical workplaces. In some ways there are less problems, but in other ways there are just different HR tasks that need to be completed. Can a software program really handle all this for you? At what point do have you grown enough to make an HR pro one of those employees?

Who benefits from remote work?

Pretty much everyone. Less time commuting. Less time spent fraternizing. But it’s not for every employee or every workplace.

We’ll explore some of the workplaces that do benefit from having remote teams, as well as learning about specific benefits to specific demographics–like military spouses or disabled individuals.

What do employers look for in a remote employee?

Are there any specific keywords you should include on your resume when you’re applying to a remote job? What are the overall soft skills that are especially important for remote applicants to highlight while they’re trying to secure an interview?

Should you even be an employee, or is freelancing better?

We’ll explore all this and more with our interviewees.

Call for questions!

I’m not done with all the interviews yet! So I wanted to ask you, dear readers, what questions you have on this topic. Whether you’re building your own business or wanting to pick up a remote job, leave your questions in the comments and I’ll add them to my list for interviewees!


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2 thoughts on “Announcing New Remote Working Series

  1. Paul

    I totally agree, messing up payroll is going to make A LOT of people unhappy. Having systems/online services to assist is a potentially great asset!

  2. Done by Forty

    Such a cool idea for a series!

    As someone who’s worked at home for the past ten years or so, I’m always battling the urges to procrastinate. How can I be as productive at home as I am in the office? In a cubicle, there’s no internet browsing: who knows who could walk by. But at home?

    I have some techniques but they’re all…so so.


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