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
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.
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.
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.
I find that the author repeats a lot of the same lines throughout the book ....and a lot of the tasks that he says needs to be done needs to be you and not your virtual agent.... However there's much to be learned from the book if you are new to virtual staffing that might help you mostly to get ideas
This was exactly what I needed at the right time. It helped me think more and more about using virtual outsourcing for my customer service for my print shop business, and HOW specifically to use it. Interesting and informative.
I loved this book. It provided a lot of specific tips on working with VAs, including the process of hiring and how to structure the ads, how to interact with your VAs, and when to hire for a task versus full time. The author focused on drawing from his experience working with VAs from Philippines and I wish he offered more insight into working with people from other parts of the world, so I took one star off for that. Otherwise, I found it very helpful in learning how to search for, hire, and work with VA.
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.
This book is very useful. I'm not sure if all of it can be applied right away. However, I have already begun to use some things and feel it is very helpful / practical. I don't see the results that I want right now, but I do see the potential for the platform which I set up being very helpful to my business long-term (using Asana & Trusting VA's, getting a GVA).
Thank you very much Chris Ducker & Audible for helping a "lazy reader" increase his knowledge base!
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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