If you’re like us and you transitioned most (or all) of your business to working remotely in 2020, we can relate to your experiences!
Like you, some of our team members have had to feed the kids or hold a baby on their knee while answering emails. We’ve fought to minimize the sound of barking dogs. We’ve tried the kitchen table, the couch, the porch, or rearranging our at-home desks, all in the name of productivity in spite of upheaval.
Yet, we’d be remiss not to mention the opportunities a pandemic has offered us personally and professionally. If you’ve followed us on social media, you may have seen our content about turning obstacles into opportunities (#obstaclesintoopportunities). We shared snapshots of our different remote work scenarios.
Because we’ve been through a pandemic, and we’re missing concerts and our favorite restaurants, we’re also due a little fun! Whether we like it or not, working remotely may become a regular option for many businesses for the foreseeable future. So, why not make the best of it?
For your viewing pleasure, we’ve shared 5 unique ways we’ve worked remotely and advanced in our work. We hope you can benefit from these examples.
…from a hot tub
Are you someone who has missed hosting sales conversations at your favorite coffee shop? Are you a business that’s had to halt certain services temporarily? If any of this sounds familiar, you probably have more free time than usual. That’s why working remotely is the perfect time to hone your skills through personal development – whether that’s through reading, webinars, or online courses.
While we really couldn’t travel to tropical resorts, we can make our homes a little more relaxing with a nice dinner on the back patio and even an inflatable hot tub. Our VP of Marketing, Alea snapped a photo of the marketing training she did from that exact spot!
Focusing on Business Development
…from a comfy chair with a dog
It doesn’t matter if you’re dodging the pandemic from home or tackling it head-on as an essential worker, your goal is the same before, during, and after this global issue. You have a business you’re passionate about and you need that business to remain strong. You also want to remain relevant to your customers. We can confidently say that you can still grow your business and connect with your target audience during a pandemic… and you can do it from a comfy chair with a sweet dog beside you! Thinking outside of the box is what entrepreneurs do, right?
Setting a Productive Schedule
…that includes exercise breaks
One of the best things many of our team members have done during this time is set aside windows of time for meetings, training, and “heads-down” work on special projects, as well as time away from screens. It’s never been more important to keep a healthy routine – which includes mental breaks and physical activity. We believe that can make you more productive and creative.
If you’re like Lauren, our Director of Partner Marketing, you don’t let gym closures keep you from exercising. In fact, unless your office has a large gym with a shower, then you used to have to worry about returning to work sweaty if you worked out midday. Well, fear no more!
…while gaining perspective on priorities
Working from home has a strong correlation with multi-tasking, but here are a few tips for that:
1. Set aside time for checking emails so you’re not a slave to your inbox.
2. If you have to manage pets or children while you work, try to batch meal times or other things they need with activities you can do at that same time. This might mean listening to videos or messages while the children are eating. Or, you could get exercise during outdoor playtime which also offers you fresh air and sunshine. Two birds, one stone!
3. Most people can multitask, but not for long periods of time until it wears on them. This is where mental breaks help renew your mind so you can get back to the grind once again.
We align ourselves with a lot of the ideas created by HubSpot. Here are several free resources on the topic of working remotely.
This pandemic has also brought our attention to two great virtues: compassion and understanding. If the dog barks or the toddler makes an appearance in the Zoom call, it’s not the end of the world! You’re doing the best you can. Hopefully, this pandemic reminds you that some of those meetings are far less important and the health of your family – and time spent with them – is a gift.
Staying Connected with Clients
…using technology and the great outdoors
Let’s appreciate our ability to work from a patio or a barn! Twenty years ago that would not have been the case for businesses. It’s the best of both worlds. We can make sales calls while appreciating a nice view. That’s something to embrace.
Make every effort to use the tools you have readily accessible (iPhones can do a lot!) to keep showing up for your business and your customers. Stay active on LinkedIn, Facebook, and email as well as other channels. You have to stay connected, and there are many ways to do so.
You can expand the reach of your business right now too. Improve how you write and speak about your product or service offerings. Create a new service offering. Try video communication if you haven’t before! Dust off your email communication and marketing skills.
Do you have to be perfect to get started? Absolutely not. We think people are looking at the heart and purpose behind the work more than they ever have before.
Our hope is to help you bootstrap your business this season by finding ways to turn obstacles into opportunities. From utilizing new tools, finding new ways to meet needs in the market, and learning more about balance, we just might finish the year as better people and better professionals. So, what’s holding you back?!