Working Remotely? Here’s How to Get to Know Your Clients

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If you are a Millennial, you might be enjoying the lifestyle of a remote freelancer, even run a company using workers from all over the world. Being an entrepreneur requires a clear direction and a plan. If you are clear about what you want to achieve, what you offer, and who your ideal clients are, you can develop your business into something big. Below you will find a few tips on how to get to know your ideal clients.

Market Research

The first thing you will have to do before you position your brand in the marketplace is your market research. Find out what people are looking for. If you work online most of the time, you can utilize social media research and join related groups to find out what the most painful problems of your audience are. The good news is that you don’t even have to invest in industry reports; most of the data you need is freely available.

Finding Your USP

If you are working remotely, you will need to find a way to create personal connections and communicate your unique selling proposition. One of the things you should do is compare your brand and offers with the competition, so you can identify what makes you stand out. Once you are clear about this, you can create a social media strategy or a sales funnel built around your USP.

Identifying Your Ideal Client

One of the most challenging tasks you will have to complete is identifying your ideal customers. When you start a business, you might think that you have to please everyone. This is not the case. You don’t have the budget for marketing trial and error, so it is best to focus on the people who are the most likely to buy from you.

Branding

When building a brand online, your main challenge will be to get people to stop and listen. There is simply too much white noise and distraction, so your brand has to be interesting, engaging, and unique. On social media, for example, your main job is to get people to stop scrolling past your posts. Consistency is also crucial, so your prospects can recognize your brand on every platform.

Asking Qualifying Questions

If you want to stop wasting time chasing after cold or dead leads, you have to find a way to get to know your customers. Asking qualifying questions before you arrange an interview or follow them up will save you a lot of time and resources. There are some great business intelligence software solutions out there designed for remote workers, like you. Click here to visit this website to find out more about the benefits of getting to know your customers and asking the right questions.

Remote workers and companies face a lot of challenges when it comes to branding and getting to know their ideal clients. To stand out from the crowd, you will need to have a clear direction and a strong USP.

Are You Prepared For The Price Of Health Care?

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Start-up costs are an unavoidable in any business. While some brag about businesses you can start with less than $1000, they’re usually pipe dreams. Building an empire doesn’t come cheap. And, you need to be willing to pay if you’re to see success. Hence why many entrepreneurs turn to business loans and life savings to see them through.

When it comes to ideas with high overheads, though, some are worse than others. It’s now possible to start an online business for little. While $1000 would be pushing it, you may find your overheads to start aren’t far out of that range. After all, with remote work and social media marketing, you can cut out plenty of costs here.

Equally, some fields face higher upfront costs. Physical retailers, for instance, can’t avoid steep expenses. Top of this list, though, is the business we’re going to look at here. When it comes to healthcare, starting up always means spending big. Hence why many entrepreneurs steer clear of this field. But, if you have your heart set on helping others, it is possible to make this work. All you need to do is know what expenses to expect before you start. Lucky for you , that’s what we’re going to look at here.

Your premises

While many companies can now work on a remote basis, the same isn’t true for most fields of healthcare. While some counselors do now operate online, any other field of healthcare require physical examination. There are online doctors, but they come under a lot of scrutiny. They also open themselves to lawsuits which could cost more than a physical premises. There’s just too much room for error when you don’t have a patient in front of you. From the moment you have your idea, then, you need money to either buy or rent premises for your services. And, you can bet they won’t be cheap.

Equipment

Most businesses could enjoy expensive equipment. Factory equipment can speed up production, as can the latest office tech. But, these are often goals to work towards. You, however, can’t get started until you have that equipment on board. Before opening, you’ll need to buy everything from emergency crash carts to examination tables. In that respect, healthcare has the highest overheads, especially in specialized surgeries. Even a typical small business loan probably won’t help. So, how are your savings looking?

A team

It’s also worth noting that you’ll need at least some semblance of a team. Entrepreneurs in other fields can operate solo for at least their first months. But, even those opting for a therapist career will need a receptionist to take bookings for them. In more generalized health care centers, you’ll need at least a few doctors to deal with demand. All before you’ve earnt a penny from your enterprise. You could say, then, that health care isn’t for the faint of heart. But, if you have the money to spend, it could see you earning in spades before you know.

How Remote Working Can Enhance Leadership

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The fear of hiring remote workers is if left unsupervised people won’t finish their work. But at the heart of that argument is a lack of trust.

As a leader with your subordinate nearby, you still shouldn’t micromanage him/her. Often we don’t manage the way we would like to be managed.

Here is how remote workers can enhance your leadership.

As a manager, focus on the outcome, not the process. Translation: be concerned about people getting their work done, not how they complete it.

Working remotely relies on trust. Leaders trust their workers to get the work done and until they don’t, they’ve earned autonomy.

Remote working is teaching us that location shouldn’t determine practice. If we limit ourselves to talent nearby, we miss out on the global resources accessible by technology. In order to harness the best talent around, managing remote workers is a necessity.

The concept of working remotely isn’t a pipe dream for workers anymore. Once technology bridged the gap between locations, it opened the portal for virtual connections.

Leaders sometimes forget how it feels to be managed. The golden rule applies here: lead others the way you want to be led.

Today’s leader is a coach. You coach by leveraging individual strengths to help optimize the team. Motivating, guiding and supporting are the leadership skills needed to manage from afar. The beauty of managing remotely is that it is built on the foundation of trust.

Trust means respect and what makes us all feel “safe” at work. That’s what we all want from our leaders.

How Working Remotely Benefits Your Health

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Employing remote workers increases the pool of talent for your company. Telecommuting, once thought of as a perk, now levels the playing field.

Theoretically it can pose challenges to management but if done right, supervision shouldn’t vary much. At the heart of managing remote workers is trust. It is literally impossible to micromanage remotely, yet there’s the temptation to in person.

There are several books and online articles that cover managing a remote staff, but few address the benefits health-wise. Here are three ways:

1. Lack of germs – Experiencing the flu can make you a germaphobe, but in a shared workspace it’s almost impossible to avoid the common cold. Working remotely means you’re communicating virtually, but working independently. Not only does the lack of commute save time, but eliminating travel and interaction equates to less trips to the doctor annually.

2. Increased efficiency – Meetings are a waste of time, especially when they’re run poorly. Two brains are better than one, but distractions decrease performance rapidly. No matter how social of a person you are, working alone produces a much higher rate (and usually with less mistakes). With less scheduled interactions, more quality work gets done.

3. Self-leadership – Strip management from the room and there’s a fear of completed tasks. But shouldn’t you be motivated to get stuff done without someone breathing down your neck? As an entrepreneur, the first thing to go is structure when free from the corporate world. Your responsibility is to create order or risk wasting time. A hard lesson to learn initially, self-accountability means you can be trusted.

More and more companies choose to hire remote workers meaning new leadership practices must be implemented. Quality of lifestyle is becoming the most important factor professionally. The more you are informed about the benefits of working remotely, the easier the transition will be to make. Your body, mind and emotions will thank you for it later.