As we have stated throughout this series, technology amplifies. They make bad workflows worse or good workflows better. We finish out this Remote Strong series with a summary of some of our favorite tech tools for small business.
By Laura Renner
Military spouses are great problem solvers, researchers, and planners. But they can only do so much without the right ingredients. And that is where our clients come in.
We just celebrated our fifth anniversary and have learned a lot along the way. Here is what we have learned about our best clients:
Critical to a well-functioning team is strong workflows. For a remote team—where it’s harder to make last-minute changes—it’s essential. In this webinar, we’ll share tips for creating remote-friendly workflows in small business.
Once you have started to define authority levels and lanes of responsibility, you can add a decision matrix. It doesn't have to be formal--just something so that your team knows when to escalate what and what they are empowered to handle on their own. With your team working remotely, you may not be available when they need a decision. They can save time by moving things forward on their own through the use of a decision matrix.
By Laura Renner
There are many pros to working with a remote team:
When it comes to working with a virtual assistant, these same pros apply. One major difference, though, is that while a VA may be an integral part of your team, they may also be supporting other clients. Listed below are three tips for making the most of your VA relationship.
Join Laura Renner from Freedom Makers and Sara Skowronski from Eos Human Resources Consulting for another webinar in their series about creating the right cadence for your remote workforce.
By Laura Renner
When everyone on your team is working remotely, getting through a meeting can be tough. If it is on the telephone, everyone talks over everyone else and it’s just hard to “see” what they are talking about.
At Freedom Makers, we have been remote from our beginning. Over the years, we have learned best practices and have evolved in our virtual meetings. They have vastly improved as we have not shied away from setting rules and establishing routines.
Here are our tips for running an effective virtual meeting:
By Jenny Boyles
At this point in the world, every business is becoming acquainted with remote work whether they have dabbled into it before or are embarking on it for the first time. The COVID-19 pandemic, in a short amount of time, has changed what “business as usual” means and how it is carried out. Our business was built on the premise of remote work and has been since day one. Our founder, Laura Renner, created Freedom Makers to marry the need for part time administrative assistance for small businesses and the need for meaningful, flexible work for military spouses. Since 2015, we have matched small businesses and entrepreneurs with skilled, experienced virtual assistants to carry out work for their business.
Dealing with all different types of small businesses and their needs over the years has afforded us the opportunity to learn, explore and utilize many online, virtual business resources. To better help our clients, our core team has had to create a strong remote team. In order to have a strong, remote team, a business must have systems in place, strong communication, and online tools that promote efficiency and success.
By The Freedom Makers Team
As a small business owner, having affordable and easy-to-use tools is critical to running your business successfully. So many are on the market these days with more coming online all the time. As of February 2020, these are our personal favorites that we use internally at Freedom Makers.
Our 3 criteria for making the list:
-Must have a free version. Small business owners don’t have time to waste with setting up a program just for a free two-week trial. All of these software have a free version you can use until the time is right to upgrade.
-Must be subscription based. Cash is king for small businesses. While a monthly payment is more expensive, it’s nice to have the flexibility if necessary. Furthermore, with new software coming available all the time and with the constant adapting and changing small businesses go through, it’s imperative to have the flexibility subscriptions provide.
-Must be easy to use and quick to set up. Most small businesses have limited resources (time, money, and energy.) Anything that makes it easier for small business owners--like quick setup--is a win in our books.
Check out our winners below. Those listed below with a * in front are new ones that we have added for 2020.
By Laura Renner
Our day can be consumed by email. If you have your notifications on, you are often interrupted by a new, incoming message. If you are like me, you have the notifications turned off which leads you to be afraid of the state of your inbox. It builds and builds in your head to where you just dread it more and more.