Remote businesses, one that you can manage from anywhere from your laptop, are on the rise as the COVID-19 crisis has shaken the entire world’s labor market. While in 2019 businesses could still get away with ignoring the benefits of working remotely, in 2020, the entire world realizes that businesses need to adopt remote work policies to survive. 

However, how do you start a remote business if you don’t have any experience?

Amy Rachelle, founder of The Remote Trip, answers this question. She has managed her businesses 100% remotely since 2016, and now helps people to start and grow their own remote businesses. She says:

The Foundation Of Success. The number one thing you need when starting your own remote business, is a growth mindset. A growth mindset means that you have the belief that you are in control of your own life and through dedication and hard work you can shape it as you want it to be. Having a growth mindset is the foundation for every successful entrepreneur.

Like Oprah says: “If you can see it, and believe it, it’s a lot easier to achieve it”. I believe this is so true.”

The Two Skills You Need

“Inside our program, we mainly refer to two types of skills that successful remote business owners need: specialist skills and business skills.

Specialist skills are the online skills such as digital marketing, copywriting, video-editing, graphic design, blogging, etc. that you need to exchange a service to a customer. There are many really helpful tools online that can teach you these specialist skills, such as online courses, YouTube videos, podcasts, books, Skillshare, and more.

Though these skills are very important, many new remote business entrepreneurs make the mistake of neglecting the importance of business skills. This type of skillset is focused on questions such as “How do I build a powerful online brand?”, “How do I find customers online?”, “What are the best tools that I need to use as a remote business owner?”, “How do I outsource and hire a remote team?”.

You can be the best copywriter out there, however if you don’t have solid business skills, your remote business likely fails. On the contrary, when you do have business skills, even the worst copywriter in the world could make his or her business a success!”

Close Your Skills Gap

What if I don’t have the right skills to start my own remote business, right now?

“We all have to start from somewhere. Nathan, my partner and TRT coach, for example, had a background in forensic science, working as a laboratory technician where he was quality testing chemicals every single day. He had no background in business or whatsoever, and no specialist online skills at all. 

He had to start from scratch in 2014. Now, six years later, he managed to start and grow multiple six-figure remote businesses and even helped another brand grow to seven-figures!”

“The crucial part in this process is to identify your skills gap. First, you have to identify where you currently are, where you want to be, and identify the gap in between. Next, you have to make a plan, take action, fail, learn, repeat, and keep working towards closing that skills gap.

Again, you can use resources such as online courses, books, podcasts, YouTube videos, etc. to close your skills gap. Inside our signature TRT MasterCourse, we aim to close the business skills gap for people who are just starting out. It teaches you step-by-step how to launch and grow your own successful remote business. This was the resource we wished we had when we started our remote businesses. 

Whatever way you choose to close your skills gap, always remember that maintaining a growth mindset is the foundation to success!”

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