How to build and run a remote company
When working from the office, you usually have a general feeling of how the team is doing. Talking face-to-face, you intuitively know when someone is off.
But in a distributed team it's not that easy to pick up these small clues.
We just introduced 🛒 Carted to the Remote Hunt's community, and their co-founder Holly Cardew very beautifully reminded us how important it is to check-in with your team:
"I think the hardest part of managing a remote team is making sure that everyone is genuinely ok and having fun. It is important to have regular check-ins and be aware when someone is not ok."
Previously we've also learned that remote work is best for people who are by nature autonomous and don't need micromanaging. Like Kati from 🗓 Toggl Plan said:
"We know that remote work isn't for everyone. We're looking for people who are self-motivated and who aren't afraid to take chances. And although results matter, we also believe in making mistakes, failing fast and moving forward."
This is something that remote companies know very well, and keep in mind when adding new team members. Holly shared what they are looking for in a good remote jobs candidate for Carted:
"Not only someone who is good at what they do but we are also looking for people who are able to take a problem and run with it. They shouldn't need a lot of guidance or structure. I am sure we will build that in later however as we are a startup and a small team, we don't have large company structure in place yet."
And when you hire the right people, there's not much "managing" to do.