Building Remote Startups Team!

In recent decades, we’ve witnessed a revolution in how and where people work together. Remote work tools like Slack, IM, and even email have fueled multimillion-dollar businesses whose team members rarely have if ever, met in person. It’s not a universally beloved concept, however. While several Silicon Valley startup success stories have built themselves up using remote teams, industry giants like IBM and Yahoo have scaled back their small work policies, even going so far as disassembling their remote teams. Their justification? More significant potential for collaboration and hoping for more tight-knit groups using the traditional approach.

How To Set Up Your Remote Work Policy Don’t confuse remote work with “do stuff whenever you feel like it.” Freedom is not about anarchy. Too much space can backfire and throw your small teams in disarray right from the start. When you don’t give people appropriate rules and constraints, some will go too far in one direction. They’ll burn out or get stuck in self-management hell. Others will pick up too much of a relaxed attitude and never live up to their full potential. By all means, be flexible, be open to exceptions on a case-by-case basis, but set up some ground rules. And be ready to lay down the law if people break them, as you would in a regular office setting.

The rule of thumb: expect from remote teams anything you would expect from local groups. The only difference should be that they don’t work in the same building. Remember, there are no right or wrong answers—it depends on your business and the culture you want to build. But it would be best if you had answers to each of them below.

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