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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
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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!
I've found the book very useful, both in the practical component of what a VA can do (and considerations of getting a VA per project vs full time team member), and also with the thinking component, to design your business (or life) how you want it to be run. I think this book picks up where the 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris leaves off - more practical examples of working with VAs. Love most of all that Chris encourages you to be kind to virtual assistants, which I 100% endorse - treating staff kindly means that they often will work harder for you and have less fear. Every time one of my VAs or contractors makes a mistake, almost 100% of the time it has been due to my lack of training and instruction, rather than the persons lack of hard work.