Home Office or Virtual Space – Master Managing Remote Employees and Contractors

Once upon a time, small business owners gathered their staff in one location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. They would dial all 10 digits on landline telephones and get charged a hefty price, await the latest batch of tasks once the mail arrived, and sometimes even meet at an actual watercooler to chat. Remember those old days—you know, the early 1990s?

Today, technology has made it easier than ever to run a small business and manage employees from afar. Inexpensive Web tools, like Skype, GotoMeeting, and FaceTime have broken down the barriers in face-to-face contact, making even a virtual office seem much more, well, real. Laptops, wireless Internet, and smartphones make work possible pretty much from everywhere and every time zone. Adding to the appeal is the fact that telecommuting is favored as an eco-friendly alternative to millions of cars clogging our nation’s overcrowded highways.

So how can a smallbusiness owner manage to be a good virtual boss no matter where their employees might be?

Read Erin McDermott’s piece on Managing Virtual Employees in Bank of America’s Small Business Online Community.

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