More and more of the best minds in tech are leaving the W2 world and moving to the freelance platforms. It is not a trend; it’s the new normal.
For a team or a start-up or a company to work well with freelancers, it is utterly important to set a platform for discipline as well as convenience for all the members. Be it communication or tracking the work progress, some guidelines need to be followed for smooth work. Don’t worry, this isn’t a 500 pages long guide for you to mug up. Instead, here are a few easy tips and tools that can be used for managing a remote team.
- Hire the right team
To be able to work as a freelancer, it is important for him/her to understand that they need to work independently but be a part of a team at the same time. The social activities involved with freelancing are limited. So hire people who are okay with this game rule.
- Use the right tools
Of course, if you are working remotely, it is very important to communicate with the team and share the process of the project and such. So some important tools would include file sharing tools, screen sharing softwares, messaging platforms, project management softwares and other tools related to your domain of the project.
- Organise the right plan
Since it is a remote team, every freelancer will be given an individual process/module to work on, so that they do not clash with other members of the team. Therefore, to keep a proper track of workflow, consider using a project management software for the team to be in touch at all times.
- Set the right goals
For your remote team to work at their best, it is very crucial for them to understand the objectives and goals of the project thoroughly. Therefore, communicate with them the goals you want to fulfil and regularly keep them updated via performance reviews.
- Communication is key to team building
It is an obvious fact that the key for a remote team to work smoothly is good communication medium. Be with through phone calls, video calls, messaging platforms or via meetings, do your best to make them feel a part of the team. Encourage your team to communicate with you and with each other for convenience.
- Build trust
Since freelancers aren’t your office peers, it is important to realise that a ground of trust needs to be built between you and them. Focus on providing an environment that is trustworthy to freelancers as well. Hiring the right people also requires you to trust them.
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