Winning Virtual Teams: When Working Alone Doesn’t Cut It

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Being a cyberpreneur need not be hard. Considering the vast array of tools and techniques available to us web professionals, nothing can go wrong as long as we know the tricks of the trade. What could be that “little secret” to keep our online businesses flourish through time?

The Power of “We”

Having started my freelance writing career in 2009, I ventured onto the unknown path of a web content writer then. I racked gig after gig – writing over 5,000 words a day for a meager sum. Little did I know that there’s more to what I have been doing during that time.

I would spend an average of six hours a day writing until my hands were sore. Well, not to worry, I thought, for by the end of the week, I would fill my heart’s desire – through new books I’d buy from the local bookstore (all from my hard week’s writing work).

Months passed, and I realized how tough it really is to be a freelance writer. It took perseverance, commitment, and passion to weave through words.

Months passed, and I realized how tough it really is to be a freelance writer. It took perseverance, commitment, and passion to weave through words. Search engine optimized articles became the trend, together with the usual blog posts, electronic books, and other content types. Alas, I felt like I wanted to do more (but I just can’t). I only had 24 hours a day and so do the others, so I can’t force my mind to digest all the information needed to churn a wonderful article in just a few minutes.

From there I’ve realized that I needed help. I needed some more writers needing a steady stream of gigs to help write. And so our writing team was born.

I’ve met writers of all sorts since then, many of which come from various parts of the Philippines. Then it sank unto me the value of teamwork, proper management strategies, and commitment.

Yes, without those, a virtual team won’t be successful. Upon encountering numerous clients from different countries, we have learned that these timeless principles are the secrets to a team’s success – yes, even online!

Leveraging 3.0

Imagine growing your potential for success 10 times you normally would. Think about the possibilities of working with as many clients as possible (leading to greater profit). These won’t be possible without the help of a team. And mind you, it’s quite easy to build one. However, it takes strong guts and commitment to maintain one.

Leveraging comes into play with a winning virtual team. You have to master the hiring and retaining process to make your team successful. Remember when you were still in the corporate world? Why did you leave? Or why did you stay? These are also the reasons why your team members would stay or go.

Leveraging comes into play with a winning virtual team.

In the process, as you gear for more excellent teammates, you’d also have to keep your goals at bay. What, in the first place, can you deliver best using your team’s skills and knowledge? How many hours can you devote to your team or your clients per day? Can you really take on the challenge of acquiring as much projects as you can for your staff to get as much work as they can? These are some questions you can ponder on as you build a winning virtual team.

As you go along, you’ll surely encounter ups and downs. Nevertheless, as it is in life, winning virtual teams are not made overnight. You’d have to bear trials and learn from them. And as you do so, you’ll be thankful you have overcome them.

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