If you run your business online or just don’t want to hire onsite, you might be thinking about ways to hire a remote team that can help you manage your company. Budget limitations, federal hiring restrictions, and even the issue of too-little physical office space can make it necessary for a business owner to hire a remote team instead of one onsite.
But looking for members to fill your remote team is difficult. While there are tons of talented freelancers and highly-recommended providers that can work for your company remotely, they’re tough to uncover on the web unless you know what to look for.
Below, we share some tips to help you find and hire a remote team for your business. Once you’ve got your online team in place, you can really ramp things up and start growing your company.
How to Find and Hire a Remote Team
1. Start with trusted outsourcing providers.
The first part of finding and hiring an effective remote team is filling in the main departments/roles at your company with trusted outsourcing providers. Our company allows small businesses to outsource their call answering and front desk services to our virtual receptionists, making us a “member of the team” that works remotely. By starting with outsourcing providers, you know you’re working with experienced teams that follow proven processes to get results for your business.
2. Find your star players.
Your star players are the remote team members that will be hitting home runs for your business. You might be looking for an exceptional writer with great connections in the media world, or a skilled programmer that will overhaul your website.
Whoever they are and whatever skill they possess, find your star players by either hiring full-time or part-time remotely, or using freelancer search websites like LocalSolo (the high-end freelancer marketplace) or CloudPeeps (predominantly marketing and content freelancers) with the search terms that will lead you to your star players.
3. Look for freelancers to fill in the gaps.
Now that you’ve got an outsourcing provider to handle an ongoing day-to-day process or task and one or two star players, you can complete your remote team by looking for freelancers to fill in the gaps. Use them to cover any weaknesses your other team members may have – for example, hiring a freelancer to handle your social media page is wise if it’s not another remote hire’s area of expertise.