Working remotely isn’t easy for some, and can cause major disruption to a business… if you aren’t set up correctly. A remote workforce begins with strategizing how to shift people’s mindset on the traditional ways of working. As most situations involve change, adopting the model requires trial and error to begin with, however when embraced, the remote work model can be rewarding. Business can reduce overheads, allowing resources to be re-allocated to maintain growth and stability during these uncertain times. Services such as Upwork and Fiverr allow you to reach talent from all over the world who can assist you today! You first need to create a remote talent mindset, and trust is the foundation to working remotely. You need to realize that the forms of control are different with local and remote teams. In fact, it is easier to pretend to be a professional on the Internet than in real life. Therefore, before hiring anyone, you should make sure of their competence, experience, proficient background knowledge and more importantly, excellent communication skills. Ask the team to present their portfolio with case studies most relevant to yours. The more you learn about their traits, the easier it will be to get an overall idea about them and make a decision to unite or go separate ways. But how do you all work on one project at once? Technology. Use cloud based platforms to create a central information hub with security tools to maintain data protection. The Google G-Suite (which most businesses operate) provides a fantastic solution – Google Drive. Communication is the key to success in any team work. With remote teams, continuous and smooth interaction is the lifeblood. Nowadays there is an abundance of free and paid services that facilitate virtual team management. Tools such as Monday.com and Asana can be used to assign, track and monitor progress of projects. Set users, limitations, send work for review, update tasks, and be in complete control of your projects. Beyond the cost savings that comes from supporting smaller office spaces (when it’s safe to return)—or for some companies, no central office at all—there are many reasons organizations adopt a remote workforce. You can expand your talent pool, improve productivity, increase engagement and satisfaction, retain top performing contractors and gain healthier and happier contractors.