6 tips to successfullyrun business

One of the great things about the Internet and all the sophisticated digital technology that we enjoy in the world today, is the way in which these things allow for all sorts of working situations that – until recently – were just about unthinkable.

Today, there are a huge number of different potential avenues available for any aspiring would-be entrepreneur to explore, and a huge number of different business ventures can be started and run remotely, often in such a relatively location-independent manner that is possible to be a successful entrepreneur while simultaneously being a “Digital Nomad.”

At the same time, however, running a business remotely comes with a variety of different challenges, and having a business that exists primarily – or even almost exclusively – online requires a pretty nuanced and thoughtful approach, in a variety of different ways, if the endeavour is going to be successful and sustainable.

Here are a few tips that can help you to successfully run a business remotely.

Know when it’s important to actually handle things in person

Perhaps paradoxically, one of the first and most important points of successfully running a business remotely is actually knowing when it’s important to arrange in-person meetings and appearances.

Certain business deals will essentially demand in person interaction, and some will at the very least benefit greatly from it. By the same token, certain aspects of the normal running of your business – such as potentially needing to hire employees – can easily benefit from actually sitting down with the potential candidates face-to-face.

Fortunately, services such as hourly conference rooms are now quite broadly available, and can allow you to conduct in-person aspects of your business in a professional setting when necessary, without you needing to invest in renting high-end office space on a long-term basis.

Of course, it is possible to manage most of the different elements of many entrepreneurial ventures completely remotely, but you should work to develop and refine your own judgement of when it will be important to actually handle things in person.

Make sure that your workstation is properly set up to encourage productivity and focus

Maintaining high levels of productivity can be a real challenge when you are an entrepreneur who is working more or less entirely remotely.

Part of the issue comes from the lack of structure and oversight that people would typically rely on in the context of traditional office jobs – where there is a clearly delineated starting time, a clearly delineated stopping time, and, ideally, a pretty good overall sense of what should be achieved on a daily basis.

In the absence of this kind of structure, many remote entrepreneurs find themselves routinely struggling with procrastination and a regular working schedule, not to mention the blurring of personal and professional time that naturally develops as a consequence of this.

One of the most important things to do in order to ensure that you stay properly productive as a remote-working entrepreneur, therefore, is to set up your workstation in such a way that it reduces the tendency to procrastinate, and it helps to encourage productivity and focus as much as possible.

Among other things, this will typically include maintaining a tidy workspace free of clutter, while also ensuring that various tools and apps are set up to minimise potential distractions. Freedom web blocker, for example, is one service that might really help you to maintain a productive workspace, as opposed to becoming totally sidetracked by distractions.

Utilise the right tools to organise and structure your time and workflow

Managing your time and workflow effectively as a remote entrepreneur is especially important, considering the fact that every business involves many different elements and components that need to be carefully managed and coordinated with one another.

Not only this, but – as already mentioned – working remotely, without a team around you, can naturally cause plenty of distraction and a tendency to be disorganised in and of itself, which can then significantly undermine your ability to stay on top of things.

For every professional in general, but for most entrepreneurs in particular, it’s important to be aware of some of the most effective task and project management methodologies and programs out there – with David Allen’s famous and highly effective “Getting Things Done” method being especially noteworthy, and popular with a wide variety of different executives.

Ensure that you are able to quickly and easily capture any incoming tasks or obligations, and catalogue and organise them appropriately in order that you know what you should be doing at any given moment.

Outsource as and when appropriate

One of the important skills that every entrepreneur needs to develop sooner or later is the ability to outsource and delegate different tasks and sub- components of the business.

While it’s normal for entrepreneurs to begin their businesses solo, or with just a small handful of people by their side, it almost invariably ends up being the case that as a business expands there is simply too much to be done, and too few hours in a day to do it in.

By outsourcing elements of your business as and when appropriate, you can benefit from the specific expertise of others, while simultaneously making your workflow more manageable, and keeping yourself in more of a decision-making and overseeing position.

Fortunately, all sorts of cottage industries have grown up alongside the rise in remote digital entrepreneurship, meaning that many aspects of a business can be outsourced remotely, without you needing to start hiring full-time staff and bringing them into a permanent office location, or anything of the sort.

Come up with effective accountability systems

In addition to structuring your workspace and routine so as to make you as productive as possible, and to reduce the temptation presented by various distractions, it can be a very helpful thing to come up with more solid external accountability systems and mechanisms, as well.

This might mean making a particular agreement with a certain friend or relative of yours to check in on you on a regular basis, or it might involve creating a “commitment contract,” perhaps using a service such as StickK, in order to put some money on the line and give you a bit of extra motivation for staying properly on task, as opposed to becoming disorganised.

Keep a finger on the pulse of your industry and work to understand the experience and preferences of your customers and clients

One issue that can potentially happen in the life of a remote-working digital entrepreneur, is that they can end up becoming so caught up in their own particular bubble, that they lose the bigger picture sense of what’s actually happening within their industry, and the ways in which things might be developing in light of new innovations.

For this reason, it’s important to take extra care to keep a finger on the pulse of your industry, and to work to understand the experience and preferences of your customers and clients over time.

Among other things, this might mean that you should do regular market research, and have systems in place for checking up on competitors’ sites and business models, and it can also mean that you should take real steps to obtain customer feedback and work with focus groups on a regular basis.

It is possible to do these things remotely, but it’s important that you don’t end up in a situation where you end up becoming complacent and just going through the motions.