Entrepreneurs often suffer from "superhero syndrome" - the misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. They are not only the boss but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. It's no wonder so many people give up the dream of starting a business - it's just too much for one person to handle. But outsourcing expert and "Virtual CEO" Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Virtual Freedom is the step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, Ducker explains every detail you need to grasp, from figuring out which jobs you should outsource to finding, hiring, training, motivating, and managing virtual assistants.
©2014 Chris C. Ducker (P)2014 Tantor
I enjoy listening to this audio book over and over again! Every time I listen, I get something new out of it.
I love how Chris gives you step by step processes on building your team. He tells you the "insider" tips that he has learned throughout his years of outsourcing.
What I liked most about this book, was Chris's attitude in regards to the worker. He sees them not just as labor but as human beings. He stresses that these are real people who deserve the same respect and expectations that every worker should receive no matter where they are working from.
Definitely top 5 overall. Probably no.1 in terms of practical usefulness!
Reaching the end of the first chapter and reflecting on the "Ah ha" moment that happened for me. Buy the audiobook and you'll understand what I mean!
I honestly couldn't choose an outright favourite. Every single paragraph was USEFUL and ACTIONABLE.
Yep, definitely. Didn't laugh or cry, just did alot of eyebrow raising & head nodding :)
Chris' teachings have provided a series of “light-blub moment” experiences for me. I cannot recommend this book enough for business owners or employees who aspire to build their own thing. Virtual Freedom is not the type of book that leaves you thinking "Ah, that was interesting, I'll have to get around to doing the VA thing someday." It is the type of book that inspires you to take action. The book is full of useful tips & practical exercises which make it easy to start taking your first steps towards building a virtual team. Can't wait to hire my first VA later this year. Thank you very, very much.
Instructional case studies for beginners.
Virtual Freedom provides great insight into how you can incorporate virtual assistants into your team to improve your efficiency. He covers a variety of case studies that help you visualize different VA arrangements. He includes the pitfalls that person faced in implementing that approach so that you can save time in your own application of a similar arrangement.
The narration was good. His classic British accent felt a little stiff compared to how I know that the author speaks. But, I'm American. What do I know? ;)
There is a lot of information in this book. You will probably want to divide it over time or relisten so that you can digest and think about how you would apply the lessons included to your own situation.
Keep a notepad handy or plan to bookmark and go back to take notes. There are a lot of URL references throughout the book that are hard to keep in your head.
If you have a small business and want to be able to get more done, Chris Ducker has some advice for you. It's specific and actionable with examples. It is one of those books that may make a better reference book or one that you can highlight advice you want, so hardcopy or Kindle might be better for this one.
Great listen to get you started with your Virtual staff Adventure. I believe its missing info about some of the new tools I use with my virtual projects - slack or hipchat, which redefine the way you communicate. But its just how it is - things are moving so fast that each year there's something new to try out.
love this book. I've already started using some of the techniques. I think it's going to be a great help in my life and career. I recommend it to anyone looking to free up some time and be in charge of their own life.
I rarely listen to a book from cover to cover. Every word in this book resonated with me and opened my eyes to a new world of possibilities. I was doing it all by myself and was overwhelmed to the point of quitting my dream. After listening to this book, I hired my 1st employee and am currently putting together training tools to hire my 1st VA. Firing myself was the best decision I've ever made! Thanks Chris! Matt Gibson - host of the Kingdom of Rock Podcast for Musicians.
No. I do not have friends in the market for virtual staff. Even if I did, my friends (and I) would have a hard time using these directions. It can be difficult to hire help that you will never meet face-to-face. That may even be more difficult when neither is a native English speaker which makes up for a double translation in communication.
This book was not what I expected. As a small vegetable grower in a non-English-speaking country I would not be able to use this.
If I wanted someone to help me with my small website it would be costly and time consuming finding virtual help compared to the more expensive but easily reachable local computer expert.
My projects and tasks are too small for this.
Truly eye opening information! I know it's not the silver bullet, but damn...I knew that there had to be a method to getting more done in less time (entrepreneur/business wise). And that's where team building comes in. Now, all that's left is to take action. Chris Ducker delivered on this one !
Meh... Waste of money and time... Just a big long ad for Skype and Dropbox
"Fabulous & comprehensive practical guide!"
If you are considering outsourcing or are just plain busy then get this book.
It is the case studies, detailed 'how to' steps & the example workflows / task descriptions that make this such a useful book.
The only issue - I now need to get a paper copy as the examples outlined are so good!
Nice writing style from Chris also kept me engaged...a thoroughly good read!
"A great resource"
This was a reasonably deep look and a complicated subject broken down in an easy to understand way. I look forward to listening to it again.
"Virtual Freedom Now"
I haven't read the print version
The opening. Great hook
Made it less staccato
It's non-fiction, so no
Great information on hiring and managing virtual assistants to help you grow your business, online or off.
Great narrator even better content! Ducker just changed the way every entrepreneur should view and manage their business tasks. Thanks Chris that was a big help!
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