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Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business Paperback – April 1, 2014
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Jay Baer, New York Times bestselling author of Youtility
Chris Ducker explains exactly how to get more done in less timeand, as a bonus, get back the life you gave up when you decided to go into business for yourself. Virtual assistants are the key, and Virtual Freedom gives you everything you need to know.”
Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author of Platform
Chris Ducker passionately teaches freedom. His manifesto is a wake-up call for all entrepreneurs seeking to take back more of their time in business and life.”
Michael Covel, bestselling author of Trend Following
Set your ideas free, and you'll think bigger. Set your entire work system free, and you'll grow bigger. Chris Ducker is on to something here. Get in fast!”
Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of Trust Agents
Who would you rather trust to learn about building a virtual team, to help grow your business? Someone who 'talks' about outsourcing, or someone who LIVES it? Chris Ducker lives it everyday - and this book proves it!”
Derek Halpern, founder of SocialTriggers.com
Countless business owners are getting bogged down dealing with mundane tasks. Chris Ducker, has the book you NEED to read. He takes the fear out of virtualizing your business and shows you how to live your life, while your business works for YOU!”
Peter Shankman, bestselling author of Nice Companies Finish First
This book shall become the bible on how to build your dream business, without working yourself into an early grave!”
John Lee Dumas, host and founder of Entrepreneur On Fire
In Virtual Freedom, Ducker gives incredibly practical, proven advice for getting our time back so we can live a life of true freedom with the most luxurious of luxuries: choice over what we do with our time.
Kate Northrup, bestselling author of Money: A Love Story
Your small business won't grow without a team behind you. Chris Ducker has written a step-by-step guide to building and managing a virtual team machine. Follow his framework and watch your enterprise grow into your dream business.”
Melinda Emerson, bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12-Months
Have you ever read a book that you just couldn't put down because you simply need to know what's on the next page? Virtual Freedom did that for me because what Chris has produced in this book will literally change your business, and your life!”
Pat Flynn, bestselling author of Let Go
I’m not going to lie: my business used to be a stress-fest, until I unleashed the power of outsourcing on it. When it comes to learning how to do this, there’s no better expert than Chris Ducker, and no better bible than Virtual Freedom.”
David Siteman Garland, mediapreneur and host of The Rise to the Top
This is a book for a new world of business, where technology - not subways or planes or cars - connects people to their offices and team members to each other. It offers you a prescription that’ll lead you to a more flexible, efficient, and (ultimately) more productive business.”
Ann Handley, bestselling co-author of Content Rules
About the Author
Ducker is also a popular speaker, podcaster, and video marketer.
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What makes this book extra special is not only is it a good guide for someone starting out, but even for those who have been managing some or all of their team online Virtual Freedom will show you how to take that to the next level. There were several tips I picked up even after several months of working with a virtual assistant.
The format of this book is super simple to read with bullet points and headings. And examples! Every section has an example of someone putting the strategies into practice.
Even without a virtual team on a full time or regular basis this book will help you hire and manage for one off projects, and even improve your own productivity.
The biggest surprise in the book was the final section about content creation. Not too concerned about giving yourself more free time? Then you should still hire a virtual staff so that you can have more time to create content and continue to grow. Your impact and meaning as a business should never be limited by what you alone can do.
Bottom line? Go buy this book! It will change your life.
I started by hiring a bookkeeper, because I HATE bookkeeping, and am really terrible at it. What a relief! That *was* expensive, but worth every penny, and though relinquishing control made me nervous, a few months into it the nerves went away, to be replaced by a pure sense of liberation.
Hmm... What other despised tasks might I outsource, I thought? What other tasks that aren't even necessarily despised, but that take time away from the things that *only I* can do? My secret sauce -- the stuff I LOVE and am really good at, which represent the REAL value I offer in my business.
Enter Chris Ducker.
A friend of mine had used his Virtual Staff Finder service to hire his first VA, pointed me to Chris' website, and recommended his book, Virtual Freedom, and my world has been turned upside down in the best way possible.
Chris not only shines a light on a gajillion different specific tasks you can outsource, but in his book he walks you through everything you need to know in order to find, hire, and work with a VA, including what to look for, the best tools to use, and how to manage your new team, including how to effectively manage any cultural differences.
I now have two part-time VAs, each in a different part of the world, and not only am I being liberated to do my best, most valuable work (not to mention get stuff done that I simply didn't have time for before), but perhaps most valuable of all, I'm starting to think like a CEO, instead of like a chicken with its head cut off, operating under "Superhero Syndrome," as Chris calls it.
I'm finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel of overwork, AND I'm able to envision how my business can actually grow -- and work on growing it -- instead of spinning my wheels! This is transforming everything!
If you're looking to get some help in your small business, I cannot recommend Virtual Freedom highly enough!
So here's my recommendation:
After you read Tim Ferriss's Four Hour Work Week, read Virtual Freedom. It is a must-read companion book and will most-definitely enhance your understanding of how to organize and change your life for the better.
Chris is obviously a master in this area, I am taking notes like crazy, he is auditing my processes, highlighting the weaknesses in them, reminding me of the little things I get lax about, and with VAs it is the little things that make the difference between a reasonable job, and a GREAT job.
Excellent work, well done Chris.
(Why not 5 starts, a few more actionable specific items would have made this book stronger, but do not let that stop you buying the book, if your outsourcing, and don't read this book, your road will be longer and more painful.... just sayin').
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As it turned out, this book is an amazing blueprint for employing virtual administrators, it gives step by step instructions, points out all the common errors that people make when trying use virtual staff. The real revelation is biggest mistake people make - trying to find the perfect virtual assistant who can do it all - Chris explains why it doesn't work and gives detailed instructions on how to do it properly.
There are a few little plugs for Chris's own company which provide virtual assistants, but they are innocuous and are probably a good solution for less experience people trying to oursource. Overall the book is like the book the 4 hour work week, but updated and much more in depth.
The author own a good experience on social networking so The Virtual Freedom book is not just a book but it is certainly a new 2Business Bible" for any entrepreneur/Business owner or even any class of load work class, its definitely a fantastic read, whether you are burn out or not yet...... He is an expert on outsourcing and He knows what He is talking about + what every blogger/Biz Owner (or whaever you might be) is suffering/struggling of....- This book will help you to audit your task where you are now and where you want go by outsourcing via a freelancer or finding the right VA for you. He has developped 3 golden rules to understand the basic of outsrourcing,making the information accessible and well explained. I have red this his book twich and I has gave me the insight of all the reason to come out from what He ccaled - The Super Hero Syndrom - I thank him for that....
I recommemd it for to all Entrepreneur, Blogger, Coacher, Business owner and solo entrepreneur too who want and looking to come out from the burn-out.
Chris has broken the whole process down into bite sized pieces (with mini case studies too!) so that anyone can step into the world of hiring remote staff and make the most of them.
The biggest thing that I took away from reading Chris's book is that it is me that needs to adjust to the staff requirements and not the other way around. I've slipped up on this in the past.
Before reading Chris's book I had set a mental goal that we were likely to burn through 3 VA's before finding the right one.
What happened after reading Virtual Freedom, is that we hired right, first time.
This has saved myself and the business untold amounts of wasted time and grief in re-hiring.
Actually, I now feel guilty writing this review, because I know Chris covered a lot of topics and in many ways I'm under utilizing the team and they could be doing so much more, if I just let go.
Maybe a new years resolution? *grabs the kindle*
Author Chris Ducker shares stories of his own struggles with trying to "do it all" and offers some effective warnings of how this can impact on business owners health and well-being if left unchecked.
The book contains numerous examples of how to begin outsourcing to experts in various respective fields -- ranging from hiring a personal assistant (PA), to outsourcing general admin, graphic design, web design and maintenance and many more fields -- and how to delegate work to the people you hire effectively.
Ducker goes into depth about how to effectively work with Virtual Assistants (VA's) in other parts of the world, especially the thriving VA businesses scene in the country that Ducker has emigrated from the UK to live in, the Philippines.
As well as practical guides, the book includes numerous case studies and examples of successful entrepreneurs who have outsourced their work to VA's and how they've benefited from going down this route.
As a long time fan of outsourcing and delegating myself, I find a lot of this a helpful reminder of why outsourcing can help any business owner reach success more efficiently than doing it alone. It also opened my eyes to taking my own outsourcing and delegating journey to a new level.
In short, this is now the "go to" book that I recommend to any business owner who may benefit from having their eyes opened to the opportunities of outsourcing. A must read!
Well-written with superhelpful clickable links to resources in the kindle edition, I can see that the printed copy would be a "dip in and outer" and as it is I have been highlighting lots of my kindle reader.
Well worth it. Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business
This book has really opened my eyes to the possibilities that virtual staff can offer and explains step by step how to implement it in your business whilst avoiding the common newbie mistakes. It's really made me take a long hard look at how I run my business and what I need to do to reduce the time I spend on low value tasks. One of the best books I've read in years and I can't wait to use it as a blueprint to buy more time going forwards! Thanks Chris, you rock!
I completed the book in 2 sittings (my dog needed to go for a walk after all...!) and can honestly say it's one that will refer back to frequently. The opening of the book sets out the stall and that particular section is one you can go over again and again to refresh your memory.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering outsourcing any part of their online business or even their day-to-day life tasks. If you have dabbled with hiring virtual staff and are ready for that next step, follow what Chris suggests and you will be on the home run to success.
Thanks Chris for taking the time to bring this book together!
I highly recommend this book to any business or individual that has plans to expand but are not certain on the best route to accomplish this. Virtual Freedom will guide you through the key steps that you need to consider whilst making sure that your team are clear about their respective tasks and how to work as a team while being spread across the world.
Chris, great book. Thanks.
Covers everything from the CEO mindset through hiring guidelines and even how to retain staff. Lots of great examples, case studies, etc with helpful step by step actions for you to follow.
i've been moving in the direction of building a virtual team for a while and this has made me more certain than ever its my next move.
For a small investment this book will greatly increase your chances of success with VAs.
One of the best books I've read in years and I can't wait to use it as a blueprint to buy more time going forwards! Thanks Chris, you rock!
I'm still reading it and I know that I will get much more from it than I already have done.