Remote workers have allowed me to take my business to the next level without all of the sweat and tears associated with me trying to do it all myself. I have gained freedom – both financially and time-based. I now am able to work just a few hours a day while my business runs on autopilot and my remote workers keep things operating smoothly and efficiently. If you have been considering hiring remote workers for your own business, this article is a must read.
Thanks to technology, the ability to hire and engage remote workers is building in popularity with each passing day. More and more companies (both large and small) are taking advantage of everything the remote workforce has to offer. I could go on and on about all of the hundreds of reasons to hire remote workers, but today I want to talk about my personal favorite six reasons you should consider hiring online professionals to help grow your business just as I have.
If you have been on the fence, these six reasons may convince you to give it a try.
Traffic and long commutes stress me out. I view all of those wasted hours as a loss in my day. I imagine those same things stress out my employees as well. By hiring remote workers, you are eliminating that stress completely and essentially adding hours to your workers’ days. These are hours that can be spent with family or friends. Wasted time was one of the biggest drivers that led me to leave the corporate world and work from home. In fact, some of the biggest reasons why employees change jobs is due to commute time and job satisfaction. So, by taking away the stress and time associated with commuting, you help make your remote workers happy.
Remote workers are also happier because their expenses are lower. They do not have to pay for milage, tolls and wear and tear on a vehicle. They also do not have the expenses associated with a professional wardrobe and accessories.
A good boss or business owner wants happy employees. Happy workers are easier to manage and more willing to go the extra mile when required. They are also more likely to stay with your business longterm therefore reducing expensive employee turnover costs.
Source Better Talent
Instead of having access to only the competent candidates in your city or local area, imagine if you could access the best talent from across the globe. When hiring remote workers, you will attract self-driven and talented employees from all over the world. The quality of workers that are able to work remotely, manage their own time, and deliver high quality products are the type of people you want and need on your team and as a part of your business. Remote works are often highly passionate about their work and strive to always deliver top notch products.
Additionally, if you live in a smaller town, your access to great talent may not be the best. When you hire remote, you’re able to access top experts that could be in another state or even country. You can hire an expert with top tier talent and only need them for a few hours per week.
By hiring remote workers, you will bring together a team full of different backgrounds, cultures, and outlooks. Having employees on your team with different perspectives will come in quite handy when you have a unique problem to solve or if you need to reach out to a wider audience.
Lower Labor Costs
Hiring remote workers is an economical choice in almost every case. The average business can save over ten thousand dollars per employee per year by hiring a remote online worker compared to an in-office worker.
- The number of unscheduled absences and sick days will greatly reduce. Why? Because sick employees can still work from home if they choose to without the risk of spreading illness.
- Expenses associated with office space are reduced or eliminated. Think about it. How much office space do you really need if the majority of employees are working remotely and independently? Hiring remote workers allows your business to scale easily in the future. As your business grows and expands you will not have to move office buildings every year which can be very expensive.
- You can hire remote workers to work on an “as-needed” basis or a set number of hours per week. Basically, you only pay for what you need or want. Most of the time in-office employees are full time workers even if you don’t have enough work to cover 40 hours per week.
- Because you have access to highly set up and skilled workers that you may not have had locally, onboarding costs can also be greatly reduced. You can hand pick workers who already have the required set up.
In-office employees cost a lot of money. There are considerations such as safety concerns, human resources availability, payroll and many more costs that may be hidden. Why not save all of that cost and put the money to use in wiser business investments? By hiring remote workers, your overhead will be greatly reduced.
More Productive Workers
While there are some people who work best at an office desk inside the cubicle of a tall building surrounded by other people, this is not the case for most workers. Distractions and interruptions cost the average corporation thousands or even millions of dollars per year. Most people work best in a quiet place with little distractions. One of the benefits of hiring remote workers is that they can work where they are most productive. Why wouldn’t you want your people to work where they are most efficient and comfortable?
I know that when I am comfortable and distraction free, my productivity skyrockets. That is why I do not like to set limits on my remote workers. They are free to work wherever and however they want as long as I get quality work in return. If they are most productive on their couch in their pajamas, that works for me.
The bottom line is that when a person is working remote and out of their home, they’re isolated from the hundreds of daily distractions that take place in an office. Instead of constantly being distracted and interrupted, they can hone in on the task at home without disruption.
Less Team Dispute
If you’ve ever worked in a corporate environment, then you are likely no stranger to office drama. There is always something going on that serves as a distraction and can be costly to a business owner. When people work in close quarters, there is bound to be conflict. Team members can sometimes get into disagreements and this can lead to turnover, unhappy employees and potentially costly legal trouble. Even in small offices, people have personality conflicts and disagreements. It is an inevitable part of the reality of working with another human being.
When you hire remote workers, the chances of team dispute are greatly reduced. While teamwork is often still required, remote workers do not have to deal with other workers as often or on a face-to-face basis. The physical distance between workers cuts out most of the disputes that could arise in an office setting. Even when conflicts do arise, they are much easier to deal with and resolve when the workers are physically separated.
Less Worker Turnover
High employee turnover can kill your business. The costs associated with losing employees can devastate your bottom line. High turnover leads to high onboarding costs, high costs in job postings, and wasted labor costs with management spending time in interviews and reading resumes. Jobs that require high levels of onboarding and education have even higher turnover costs.
You may have a small business that you run with a handful of employees. You may be part of a larger company employing thousands of workers. Regardless, the most important asset of the business is the people who work there. Your employees are the backbone of your company. In today’s competitive market, high employee turnover is a real threat to your organization. By hiring remote workers who are typically happier and more productive, you will greatly reduce the chances of them leaving your company. When you invest in onboarding for your employees, you want them to stick around!
Hiring remote staff is a choice that can skyrocket the earning potential of your business – no matter the size of your company. In my own personal experience, those remote workers ended up being the secret ingredient to my success. By hiring remote workers, I have been able to maintain a competitive edge in my market. It has been a choice that has continued to pay dividends. My remote workers are happy and productive as well as some of the top talent in their fields. There are remote workers in virtually every specialty imaginable. The benefits associated with hiring remote workers goes on and on, but these top six reasons are reason enough for you to consider hiring remote workers for your own business needs.
Melissa Ricker is a nuclear engineer and a professional freelance writer. She specializes in career growth, technical writing and online entrepreneurship. She writes a blog, Engineered Motherhood, for working mothers who need help balancing career growth and time management.