178: From Doctor to Google Ads to Million Dollar SaaS Business | Rob Rawson of Time Doctor
Entrepreneur Stories 4 Inspiration
Originally trained as a medical doctor and worked 3 years in hospitals in Australia, Rob Rawson has always had the desire to start and build his own business and started several businesses even during the time when he was studying medicine. He is now the founder of Staff.com, which is software for actionable productivity metrics and Timedoctor.com, which is time tracking and productivity for remote teams. Listen to Part II, right now: Making Millions in Profits... to Waste it ALL in the Investing World (a Continuation of EP 178). This Episode is Sponsored By: LinkedIn is offering free job post for healthcare and essential service organizations that need to quickly fill those critical roles with the people that would help us all. To post a health care or essential service job for free or if you’re in another industry and have some hiring needs, visit: millionaire-interviews.com/linkedin-jobs Want to Support the Show? Well we'd love for you to join our Patreon Group! What's in it for you? Well you'll instantly get a scheduled call from Austin, where he'll help you with your current or future business... Sign-Up Now at millionaire-interviews.com/patreon. 😀😎😍 For Show Notes, Key Points, Contact Info, Resources Mentioned, & the Fabulous 4 Questions on this episode visit our website: Robert Rawson Interview. Support this Podcast via Patreon Feedback? Questions? Comments? We would love to hear from you! Hollar at us via: Facebook Group (@MiPViPs), or Twitter (@acpeek or @millionairepod), Instagram (@millionaire_interviews), LinkedIn (@austincpeek), Facebook (@millionaireinterviews), or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 😎😍😀
#3 Bootstrapping a SaaS business to $10m and beyond with Rob Rawson.
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Today my guest is Rob Rawson who is one impressive guy.Rob and I explore bootstrapping to scale, insourcing vs outsourcing your tech team, the value of remote work, building products that solve real problems, and a lot more.Rob studied and trained as a medical doctor and practiced for 3 years in Australia. While still studying and living with his parents Rob got his first taste of being an entrepreneur and there is a story about this coming later.Rob has built many businesses some of which include a competitor to WhatsApp, a site to help people improve their lie detection skills, an advertising agency and an SEO agency.Rob is also a real estate investor in the US market. He has experienced many failures and much success and one of the things that struck me when I first met him was his humility and calm demeanour despite an obviously impressive track record and capability. Robs’ main focus now and for the past while has been timedoctor.com, a SaaS business that helps with time tracking and productivity for remote teams. Rob has built this business to revenues of over $10m more than 8000 customers and with growth of over 100% in the past 12 months and he has done all of this with no outside investment. Pretty damn impressive.Rob is a veteran tech entrepreneur and has got significant experience with building offshore global teams, across marketing, sales, and software development.You can contact Rob at email@example.com and be sure to check out their conference at www.runningremote.com.If you'd like to get in touch with me to discuss a tech project or an episode, please do:https://firstname.lastname@example.org https://www.nona.digitalhttps://dribbble.com/nonadigitalteam
Rob Rawson, How to Build and Manage Remote Teams Across Different Countries - InnovaBuzz 257
In this episode, I’m really excited to have as my guest, Rob Rawson, CEO and founder of Staff.com which is software for actionable productivity metrics and Timedoctor.com which is time tracking and productivity tool for remote teams. Rob originally trained as a medical doctor and always had the desire to start and build his own business. When he discovered he could make more money from his internet businesses than working as a doctor, he became a full time entrepreneur. In our discussion, Rob and I talked about: Building and running a remote team spread of over 80 people in 31 different countries Effective hiring processes for remote teams How to deal with cultural differences between people in teams spread over so many countries and how to keep strong communication going. Listen to the podcast to find out more. Show Notes and Blog The PodcastsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
00009. How Rob Rawson, A Former Medical Doctor, Built A Technology Company
Episode #00009. Gritty Founder is a daily business podcast series where business founders share their stories of grit, determination, and success. The podcast celebrates the heroes who build the companies of their dreams and never quit along the way.
Ep 17 Rob Rawson's talks about his SAAS play Time Doctor and 30,000 monthly subscribers
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Rob Rawson discovered a need for his software in the marketplace after developing it to remotely monitor his own workforce. Fast forward to today and he now has about 30,000 monthly subscribers and 70 staff located all around the world. Here about Rob's journey...
179: Leverage Your Time and Your Team with Rob Rawson
Get Yourself Optimized
If you run a business, you've probably considered switching to a remote workforce, and why not? There are plenty of proven benefits for both you and your employees. That's not to say there aren't some challenges. For one, it can be difficult to keep track of what your team is working on, how many hours they've worked, and if they're staying focused. My guest for this episode is Rob Rawson, a serial entrepreneur with employees and over nine different countries. That's not the only reason he's an expert in outsourcing. Rob also created Time Doctor, a time tracking program that helps your workforce easily keep track of their hours and optimize their productivity. It's so good I even use it myself for my own team. If you have an outsourced workforce or you're thinking about heading down that route, today's episode is a must-listen as we reveal the secrets of going remote and getting the most out of your employees when they're working from home. You’ll never want to see an office cubicle again.
Episode #195: Building a World-Class Remote Team with Rob Rawson
WP Elevation WordPress Business Podcast
From an individual standpoint, it's easy for a lot of us to see the appeal of working remotely; you can work from home, from the coffee shop, on the road or even in the air. But when it comes to working as a team, remote work can pose a few extra challenges. This week's guest is here to talk to us about how you can build a great remote team, keep them productive and accountable, and retain great talent while scaling up. Rob Rawson is something of an expert when it comes to remote work; he runs TimeDoctor and Staff, two services for managing remote teams. Oh, and right now, he oversees a team of over 80 employees in 28 countries, every single one of them working remotely. The Problem Working remotely solves a lot of problems for employees: it cuts out unwanted commutes, gives you freedom to travel, and lets you work in your own space and under your own dress code. But working with and for a group of people you’ve met a handful of times, if ever, can be isolating. Done badly, remote working can seriously hinder communication, which leads to unaccountable workers, unclear instructions, lacklustre deliverables, and all manner of other issues. That said, Rob really believes in the power of remote teams, and swears by the ability to recruit top talent regardless of country of origin. He knew he wanted to break free from his office and his commute, and he knew others did too—so he developed software to do just that. TimeDoctor is a SaaS (Software as a Service) tool that helps employers monitor, schedule and bill for their remote workers’ time, and it also helps employees stay focused and track their own time. Rob designed it specifically to fill the gap in accountability that workers often lose when they move to working from home. While TimeDoctor is largely aimed at small remote teams and agencies, Rob’s other project, Staff, is a similar tool for enterprise-level clients managing large-scale remote workforces, especially offshore, and it comes with plenty of metrics for tracking productivity. Recruiting Remotely Rob says finding the right talent is crucial for building a remote team, and while it can pose some unique challenges, being open to remote workers means you’re accessing a much broader pool of talent. Limiting yourself to just local candidates can mean you’re not really finding the best person for the job, just the nearest one. He stresses that you need to pull in as broad a pool of candidates as possible, and then start filtering it down. Finding the right person for the job can be like finding a needle in a haystack, he says, but with the entire world of talent at your fingertips it can be more than worthwhile. Testing for the right skills is a key part of Rob’s recruitment process, and he recommends filtering out early rounds of candidates with short, unpaid test work before evaluating successful applicants with paid test projects or contract work. For developer candidates, Rob’s a fan of HackerRank. Sites for Sourcing Talent: StackOverflow.com (for developers—pricey, but great!) OnlineJobs.ph (for Filipino remote workers!) Remote.com (AI-enhanced remote job board!) UpWork.com (for freelancers—but you need to pay through their platform or pay a fee!) Angel.co (an online haven for startup jobs!) Offshore Opportunities Rob is a big believer in building remote teams offshore, and he says they can be a great way to scale up your operations—and not just because the wages are often cheaper, either. A lot of Rob’s team members are in the Philippines, where the ability to work remotely is more and more sought after by workers sick of commutes into major cities that are often more than two hours each way. While finding talent with the necessary language skills and cultural fit overseas can be tough, Rob says it’s not only doable, but also hugely rewarding. “This is a huge competitive advantage when you've got it right,” he says, so it’s worth taking the time to recruit the right people no matter where they hail from. Overcommunication is Key One of the downsides to not working out of an office is that, well, you don’t see your coworkers at the office. Rob says a lot of employers are so used to managing their teams by casual hallway run-ins or cubicle drive-bys that when their staff aren’t physically present, they practically stop communicating altogether. Recreating that same in-person feel to remote-team communication can make all the difference, Rob says, even if it can seem like overkill at times. He emphasizes the importance of regular, structured communication amongst the team, as well as using video on calls as often as possible. This helps keep people on-track, focused and in touch with each other, so that they know who they’re accountable to: other people, not just names they know from email signatures. Maintaining Accountability Rob’s remote management software, like Upwork and some other time-tracking tools, comes with the option to take screenshots of employees’ work (or non-work, as the case may be) while they’re on the clock, as well as other surveillance measures like chat usage and breaktime monitoring. These can be especially useful, he says, in managing large remote teams where it isn’t always easy to tell where gaps in productivity are coming from—although he says the company is looking into producing more “employee-friendly” versions of the software that foster accountability without coming across as invasive or micromanaging. He also notes, though, that remote workers can also use screenshots and stats as positive proof that they are, in fact, doing the work they say they are; this can be a powerful tool especially for workers who run into issues and rack up more time than expected, so they can always prove that they were in fact working and not slacking. Making the Leap While remote work comes with its share of challenges, it’s clear that for Rob, the pros far outweigh the cons—and he’s working on engineering out most of the cons, anyway. He really encourages anyone considering building a remote team to go for it, and he has some resources available on his blog to help them get started. Resources: TimeDoctor Staff RunningRemote HackerRank “The E Myth Revisited” by Michael GerberSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Rob Rawson is a serial entrepreneur by definition. The founder of timedoctor.com he's on a quest that will inspire anyone to push past the limits of your comfort zone or your perception of available time.
779: How to Build & Manage a Global Team w/ Rob Rawson
B2B Growth: Your Daily B2B Marketing Podcast
In this episode we talk to Rob Rawson, Co-Founder & CEO of Staff.com & Time Doctor. How to accelerate your B2B business with an offshore and global team The benefits of thinking globally when hiring. How to get an offshore team to research leads and promote your business. Finding high quality offshore developers. How Rob manages a team of over 80 people in 28 countries without pulling his hair out. The "problems" of dealing with a global team and how to overcome them. Want help developing your plan to become an influencer & thought leader? Check out IMPACT SUMMIT on Oct. 13th in Salt Lake City. B2B Growth listeners can get 15% OFF with the promo code: SWEETFISH. Click here to connect with this guest on LinkedIn.