Imagine how great it would be to cut costs and grow your business beyond your wildest expectations by "remoting it" with outstanding global freelance talent? Yes, you can eliminate the expense of maintaining an office and many other costs with this approach.
Think about the freedom this offers you and your workers-to be productive, efficient, and innovative from any location in the world. REMOTE iT! by Michael Brooks describes how to achieve this result at a fraction of the cost of traditional business models and how to create and lead a great remote culture.
Spoiler alert: You and your teams can be just as effective, happier, and even more productive, in a fully remote environment than in a traditional business structure.
Even if they didn't start out with a remote workforce, many entrepreneurs and leaders at large companies are realizing how using global online freelancers is a game-changing solution for achieving a massive competitive edge. Brooks delivers a playbook for success with examples, tips, and best practices that have helped him build an award-winning, industry-leading global freelance marketplace business, which he runs from anywhere using freelance talent.
Are you ready to "win" in business with freelance talent? You'll learn how to hire, manage, motivate, and innovate with skilled global freelancers, and discover the technologies and processes to help ensure success. This fast-paced book explains how to:
- Lead an exceptional remote culture.
- Easily find and hire people with a wide range of different skill sets
- Build a loyal workforce.
- Conduct productive meetings, even across multiple time zones.
- Leverage cutting-edge virtual collaboration tools.
- Use a freelance platform to hire, screen, manage, and pay workers.
•Save vast amounts of money while achieving results that go well beyond your expectations.
Are you ready to ditch the office and experience the power and freedom of working from anywhere while running a booming business? Get this book today!
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Table of Contents
Remote Culture 4
The Remote Culture Differentiator 7
1: Growing Your Business
with Freelance Talent 11
The Old 9-to-5 12
Freelancer Benefits 14
Why Hire Freelancers? 15
Common Reasons for Using Freelancers 18
Freelancers Versus Big Agencies 20
Establish Two-Way Trust 23
2: Hiring and Managing a World-Class Team 27
Making the Leap 27
FAQs About Hiring Freelancers 29
Verifying the Freelancer 33
Special Tips for Startups 35
Start on the Right Foot 36
Funding Options 38
Common Misunderstandings 39
Identify Preferred Platforms 40
What to Ask in an Interview 43
Non-disclosure Agreements (NDAs) 49
3: Managing Diverse Skill Sets 51
Set Realistic Expectations 51
Be Available, Timely, and Responsive 54
4: Creating a Great Culture in a Virtual World 57
Culture Matters 57
Culture by Choice or Circumstance? 60
Why You Need a Suitable Culture Fit 61
Thoughtful Hiring and Training 62
Team Meetings and One-on-Ones 64
Remote Appreciation Tips 66
The "goCulture" Approach 68
Right Tools for the Right People 69
Remote Corporate Retreats 71
In-Person Visits 72
Write Your Own Rules 73
Test Your Culture 74
5: Moving from Skype to Zoom to 3D Virtual
Remote Meeting Guidelines 81
Skype or Zoom? 84
The 3D Virtual World 85
Dynamic Written Collaboration 87
6: Building a Loyal Freelance Workforce 89
The Power of Digital Friendships 90
Five Minutes Before (and After) Meetings 92
Personalize Your Remote Visit 92
Ten Ways to Increase Loyalty 93
7: Tackling Global Currency Challenges 95
Think Like a Freelancer 95
Flexible Payment Options 98
8: Managing Remote Freelancers:
Case Studies 99
Scale and Pay Quickly 100
Manage Remotely 102
Tackle Technical Limitations 103
Teamwork and Morale 104
Connect and Communicate 105
Cultural Issues 106
9: Leveraging Tools and Best Practices 109
Evaluating Freelance Websites 109
Legal and Ethical Responsibilities 112
Websites with International Freelancers 113
Effective Qualification Processes 115
Management and Payment Tools 116
10: Trends in the Freelance Market 119
The Expanding Freelance Economy 119
Future Impacts 121
A Change Is Coming 123
REMOTE iT! Checklist 129
REMOTE iT! Resources 135
About The Author 139
Other Books by Michael Brooks 141