Running an online business is not a walk in the park; contrary to the popular belief that you can work from anywhere and earn thousands online while relaxing on the beach, successful Internet businesses require work. Despite this, most successful internet marketers and entrepreneurs that earn six figures online have built their companies from the ground up by allocating much of their workload to virtual teams they have put together.
You will find that having a virtual team of remote workers can be invaluable for your online business because of low costs, which allows you to scale up your projects to a completely new level.
If you want your virtual team to be efficient at generating results and to work well together as a team, then you need to set up a face-to-face meeting at least once. Having this meeting will help the team members get to know each other and establish the fact that even though all of them will be working virtually, the work is very much real and needs to be taken seriously. Even though this may seem like an expensive decision to make, experts believe that it is worth it. By meeting your team members you start building trust between them and you as well as having the opportunity to share a lot of information that you might have preferred not to do online. Also, being the project manager you should focus on improving your own managing skills by helping the team meet the goals. People tend to perform better when they are pushed a little, and that is something you have at your disposal. When you think about it, your ability to keep things running well will spell your degree of success.
Last but not least, you will need to create a vision to ensure that you are getting results from your team. Unless you reveal your vision to them, they will find it extremely hard to complete all the work you give them. You need to make sure that your team shares the same vision as you and that they believe in your goals. Since you are working with a virtual team, this makes it even more important for you to effectively communicate your vision and explain to them how you see the future and what you want to achieve, what goals you want to fulfill. This way your team will also concentrate on adding to your vision with targeted information. A powerful vision will provide ample motivation for them to work towards fulfilling the ultimate goal, because, keep in mind, that people prefer to work for companies that have a vision. This article clearly shows what the key elements of building and running a virtual team are. The main objective of any successful company should be to efficiently manage their virtual team, because they are the ones who will make things happen.
By Tom Martine