How To Transform Your Virtual Staff Into A Winning Team

5 Things I’ve Learned Leading a Virtual Team

One of the best ways to leverage our time is to find people who are willing to do things we’re not good at or things we should not be doing.

In order to do our best work, we have to be willing to spend more time doing our highest-value activities and find ways to reduce the amount of time we spend doing low-value activities.

As a business owner, low-value activities may include:

There are many more things that could be added to the list. One activity that is worth doing is to make note of all the activities we do during a typical week and how much time we spend doing them. Then we can calculate how much it’s costing us each week to do those activities and whether it would be more beneficial to hire others who could do those activities better and quicker than us.

This is where having a team is vitally important. In today’s world, there is no need to have staff members work in the same office or space as us. With all the tools available now, having a virtual team can be a much better and cheaper option for most businesses.

How to manage virtual teams

I’ve had a virtual team for a few years now, which has allowed me to delegate many things that were using up a lot of my time every week. Having a virtual team has also helped me provide better service and focus more on what I do best.

I’ve never met any of my virtual team members in person. All our interactions have been virtual, hence the term virtual staff. Having virtual staff brings about a number of challenges including:

5 Things I’ve Learned Leading a Virtual Team

Where To Find Virtual staff

A quick search online will reveal many virtual staff providers based in countries such as India, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia along with many developed countries. Services such as Odesk and Fiverr are good services to check out initially.

Having a virtual team can be an important strategy for most businesses today. The key is to spend the time to identify where we need help and then find appropriate virtual staff. We should always start with one and add to our team over time, instead of hiring many staff members at once.

Action Step: Review where you are spending your time during a typical week and decide which activities can be delegated to a virtual staff member. Go online to search for virtual staff providers and take the necessary steps to find the right virtual staff.

Question: What is another important thing to consider when adding virtual staff members to your team?

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