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Many people are turning to remote work for their careers, and it’s not surprising. Remote work is flexible, provides a large amount of autonomy, and allows the person to live anywhere with an internet connection. While this new type of lifestyle may seem perfect at first glance, there are some challenges associated with scaling any type of business and this is no different for remote teams. Fortunately, multiple strategies can be implemented to scale a small business to the next level and set any company up for success.
In the online world, business owners are always looking for the next best way to grow their company. In fact, many of today’s most successful businesses are remote and made up entirely of freelancers, contractors, and remote employees all working remotely in unison from around the world. Below, four tech experts will share some of the tips that they have used to help scale their own remote businesses and obtain high levels of success.
Jesse Schoberg: Cofounder and CEO of DropInBlog
Jesse Schoberg is an American-born entrepreneur who has been living abroad and traveling around the world for over 15 years. With a high level of experience as a developer, he recently struck gold with his latest business venture, DropInBlog, which is on target to hit one million in annual recurring revenue (ARR) in 2022.
When asked about what tips he would have for remote teams looking to scale their business, he had some pretty straightforward and logical responses to give us. “Everyone always says ‘hire early,’ but I think there’s a more efficient solution as you are growing. Sometimes it’s best to use Productized Services for focused tasks, and if there’s not someone offering exactly what you need, hire an hourly freelancer. Jumping the gun on salary hires can cost you thousands of wasted dollars and months of headaches.”
He elaborates further by saying that “I find it’s usually better to have 2-3 hourly team members who are very focused experts, instead of 1 salaried who is only okay at two-thirds of their workload.” From Schoberg’s perspective, the focus should be not on hiring as much talent as possible but finding ways to get the tasks you need to be finished without racking up wasted costs. He would recommend using tools such as Crisp, Baremetrics, SmarterQueue, Telegram, and Poolsuite for helping you scale tasks.
Ed Smith: CEO of Clients On Automation
Ed Smith is an influential member of the coaching industry and started Clients on Automation to help entrepreneurs reach their goals and become the successful individuals they envision themselves as.
As stated by Smith, “Clients On Automation is the start-to-finish solution to get clients flowing into your business on automation.” Right off the bat, then, we see that Smith’s ideology relies primarily on automating business funnels as much as possible so that clients come automatically with little effort on the business owner’s part.
When asked what remote teams looking to scale should be focusing on, Smith had these insights to share: “Daily meetings, daily projections, and a focus on client results.” It seems that to Smith, you should be focusing primarily on ways to attract clients without having to spend tons of time on marketing or potentially unproductive tasks. Instead, the focus should be geared towards results and constantly setting yourself and your team up for the best results possible.
Michael Peres: Founder and Editor of Peres Daily News
Michael Peres is the Founder and editor of Peres Daily. Being a man of many talents, Peres attributes much of his versatile skills to learning from “extraordinary people who have weaponized their perceived limitations and found a way to succeed.” Indeed, he has also done this in his own life.
Peres thinks that complacency is one of the most significant issues that can face a business. Instead, as Peres states, you should “Never get comfortable with your services and infrastructure. Always diversify your services and adapt to quickly changing environments.” While doing so, you should also “become ok with tearing down and rebuilding.”
His favorite tool for scaling is Notion, describing it as a “game-changer.” He elaborates further, saying that the tiny issues you notice right away should be dealt with as quickly as possible: “focus on the tiny issues that seem to not matter early on as those become compounded as you scale. Scaling requires acute planning.” According to Peres, a business should focus on having a good structure, the best employees, and clear expectations to scale well. In addition, companies seeking to scale should focus on having excellent onboarding materials and training guides.
Liam Martin: Cofounder and CMO Of Time Doctor and Running Remote
Liam Martin is no stranger to scaling a business successfully. After co-founding and becoming the CMO of TimeDoctor and Running Remote, he has built an 8-figure remote SaaS business with team members in 43 different countries!
When asked about scaling a remote company, Martin says that businesses seeking hypergrowth should “adopt an asynchronous mindset and focus on proof of work as opposed to the classical measures found in on-premise companies (extroversion, charisma, and anything else that biases you from the core quantitative data of the business).”
Furthermore, he thinks that you should “Become agnostic to anything else other than the metrics you’ve developed in the business. Make those measures as clear as possible and measure everyone (including yourself) to that standard. Build process documentation and digitize that documentation so that the platform manages the company, not the manager.” What Martin recommends, then, is finding ways to automate processes while upholding clear expectations.
Martin recommends using tools like Asana, Jira, Slack, Zoom, Ahrefs, and AWS if you want to scale your business for the lowest possible price. In essence, though, Martin tends to focus on the results that his employees make rather than hoping that they fulfill some sort of preconceived Notion on what it means to be an effective employee.