For many established companies, remote work is a common practice.
The rapid speed of tech advancements means people can connect and work with most anyone, anywhere, and still feel like they’re talking to their coworker across the room.
Even while in the office people chat via Slack and email more than they do in person.
In the startup space, remote work options are finally catching on.
Why Consider Remote Work for Your Startup
Everyone working at a startup is mission-focused and strapped in, building something great from the ground up—together. There are periods of long days and even longer nights. There’s an incredible sense of togetherness.
But, there’s a complicated and growing issue.
More people are finding it difficult to get work done while in the office. In fact, a recent study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.
Whether it’s a due to a trendy office layout, cool amenities, or the latest in collaboration-focused design, not being able to cut through the distractions and focus on what matters (producing meaningful work and being happy doing it) is detrimental to a startup’s ability to generate revenue and profits.
Benefits of Remote Workers
There’s a growing acceptance of remote work in the startup industry, today. Companies like Buffer and Zapier have built their teams off of remote workers since day one—noting that the practice has lead to greater productivity, better employee engagement and gives them access to larger pools of talent.
If you’re thinking of hiring remote employees for your growing business, here are some things to think about:
You can offset or lower business costs
If your company operates in a big city, in a loft space downtown, the rent and cost of living expenses will be higher than someone who may be equally—if not, more—talented and living in a smaller location. Tapping into talent outside your city’s doors will help you bring some of those costs down.
New people bring in different and new perspectives
People who work outside of the office can add different and new perspectives and ideas to the team—decreasing the odds of hive-mind creeping into the business.
Remote workers can help overall productivity
With no office distractions and greater autonomy, remote workers have the freedom to get more done. In fact, 65 percent of workers said that remote work would give their productivity a boost. Another 86 percent said that working alone allows them to hit maximum productivity.
Employees are happier
One of the reasons why I think Hunt Club can operate at the level it does is because we have do have the option to work from most anywhere. We can design our workday to meet the crazy demands of our lives. If we need to run an errand, we can handle it quickly without losing a workday. This makes us much more present for our work and business.
In the End
Startup life is incredibly rewarding. There’s ample opportunity to build something from the ground up and with people who are unequivocally as passionate as you. In the end, maybe it doesn’t where people are getting the work done—so long as everyone is focused and working hard each day.
If you need help finding the best remote workers for your team, drop us a line and see how we can help.