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Virtual Freedom

Book Description

Entrepreneurs often suffer from superhero syndromethe misconception that to be successful, they must do everything themselves. Not only are they the boss, but also the salesperson, HR manager, copywriter, operations manager, online marketing guru, and so much more. Its no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a businessits 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. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs dont have to go it alone when they discover the power of bilding teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business 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.

With additional tactics and online resources, Virtual Freedom is the ultimate resource of the knowledge and tools necessary for building your dream business with the help of virtual staff.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. Superhero Syndrome
    2. Becoming a Virtual CEO
    3. It’s Time to Make a Choice
    4. Why Build a Virtual Team in the First Place?
    5. Getting Started with This Book
  7. SECTION ONE: Finding and Hiring Your Virtual Staff
    1. The Fundamentals
    2. Reality Check: The Myth of the Super-VA
    3. Introducing the General Virtual Assistant (GVA)
    4. Creating Your 3 Lists to Freedom
    5. Getting Ready to Start
    6. Understanding the 2 Different Types of Outsourcing
    7. Freedom Spotlight: Jared Croslow, Cliconomics.com
    8. Defining the Different Types of Virtual Workers
    9. Case Study #1: Todd Beuckens, Elllo
    10. Finding the Right Virtual Staff
    11. The 10 Elements of a Good Job Description
    12. Case Study #2: Tom Libelt, Libelty SEO
    13. The Interview Process (and the 10 Questions You Should Ask)
    14. Confidentiality and Contracts
    15. NDAs (Nondisclosure Agreements)
  8. SECTION TWO: Training Your Virtual Staff
    1. The Biggest Problem with Training Virtual Workers: You!
    2. Case Study #3: Tristan King, Shopify Ninjas
    3. Get to Know Your VAs
    4. Develop Your Training Tools: The VA Training Trifecta
    5. Case Study #4: Kyle Zimmerman, Kyle Zimmerman Photography
    6. Best Practices When Training Your Virtual Staff
    7. Throw Your VA a Curveball
    8. Your VA Success Equation
    9. Freedom Spotlight: Pat Flynn, SmartPassiveIncome.com
  9. SECTION THREE: Managing Your Virtual Staff
    1. Don’t Be a Virtual Vulture
    2. Case Study #5: Steve Dixon, Dixon Clothing Group and Breakthrough4Business
    3. How to Manage Different VA Roles
    4. The Difference Between Revolving Tasks and Projects
    5. Using Project-Management Software
    6. Reports from Your Virtual Staff
    7. Freedom Spotlight: Justin Fulcher, Kinda IT
    8. Paying and Motivating Your Virtual Staff
  10. SECTION FOUR: The Big Question: Stay Local or Go Overseas?
    1. The Advantages of Staying Closer to Home
    2. Why Outsourcing Overseas Is Not for Everyone—or Every Business
    3. What About Customer Support?
    4. The Outsourcing Destination of Choice: The Philippines
    5. Case Study #6: Fiona Lewis, Super Savvy Business
    6. 5 Things to Remember When Working with Filipino VAs
    7. Case Study #7: Paul Holland, VideoTise
  11. SECTION FIVE: The Next Level: Building Your Virtual Team
    1. How Different Types of Virtual Employees Will Work Together
    2. Case Study #8: Nate Ginsburg, Onset LLC
    3. Setting Company Goals and Rewards
    4. Meeting Everyone in Person
    5. Setting Up a Social Network for Your Virtual Team
    6. Freedom Spotlight: Joe Daniel, The Football-Defense Report
    7. When to Create the Virtual Project Manager Role
  12. SECTION SIX: The Case for Content
    1. Why Your Business Needs to Produce Online Content Consistently
    2. What Is “Good” Content?
    3. The P2P (People-to-People) Philosophy
    4. Case Study #9: Joshua Van Den Broek, Fitco Health Technologies
    5. The Importance of Being Remembered
    6. Getting Your Virtual Team to Do (Almost) All the Work for You
    7. Freedom Spotlight: Natalie Sisson, The Suitcase Entrepreneur
  13. SECTION SEVEN: Time to Get Started
    1. Your First Six Months
  14. Conclusion
  15. BONUS SECTION: Top 10 Virtual Team-Building Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them!)
  16. Resources
  17. Gratitude
  18. About the Author
  19. Index