Zach Boyette is the cofounder and Managing Partner of Galactic Fed, a fully remote growth marketing agency with staff in over 17 countries.
For remote entrepreneurs, each day comes with its set of unique challenges. Dropped calls, lousy Wi-Fi and timezone mix-ups are par for the course. But how would you lead a remote-first company from the most remote lake in the world? Is it possible to balance running a successful business while traveling the globe? And how can you leverage these formative experiences to improve growth and revenue and run a better business?
In the spring of 2022, my cofounder and I traveled across Africa, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and trekked to one of the most remote lakes in the world, Lake Tele. We did this all while running our remote marketing agency comprised of more than 155 employees. This experience was one of the most formative of my life so far and gave us some unique insights that have emphasized the significance of remote entrepreneurship. Below are three valuable lessons I learned.
Leaders can set the stage for remote work success.
Such like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, building a company that allows you to travel the world and still scale happens one step at a time. While my cofounder and I are now reaping the benefits of a solid remote foundation, we had to first encounter and overcome many challenges, most of them entirely new to us as entrepreneurs exploring the remote world.
What type of infrastructure needs to be in place to allow this? We needed to answer this question before we could travel the world while running our company. No matter where you’re located, in order to stay on top of teams, systems and results, leaders of remote teams need to build quantitative measurement systems that can outperform more traditional management models. A systematic approach to how work gets done is crucial.
For example, at my company, we call this our “GFW,” or the “Galactic Fed Way.” The GFW is the company blueprint for…