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Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the 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. It’s no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a business—it’s just too much for one pers Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the 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. It’s no wonder why 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. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building 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.


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Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the 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. It’s no wonder why so many people give up the dream of starting a business—it’s just too much for one pers Entrepreneurs often suffer from ”superhero syndrome”—the 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. It’s no wonder why 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. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    I wish I'd had a virtual assistant to read this book for me and give me a 2-minute summary. I wish I'd had a virtual assistant to read this book for me and give me a 2-minute summary.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rivka Kawano

    This book is THE authoritative guide to finding and managing a virtual staff. If you have never done it before Chris Ducker will walk you through step by step - it is easier than you think! If you are like I was for so long and putting off the idea of building a virtual team let this be your wake up call. 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 y This book is THE authoritative guide to finding and managing a virtual staff. If you have never done it before Chris Ducker will walk you through step by step - it is easier than you think! If you are like I was for so long and putting off the idea of building a virtual team let this be your wake up call. 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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I gleaned a few helpful tidbits from this book, but the content is highly repetitive. Each case study mentions tools that a particular entrepreneur found helpful, such as Google Hangouts, Dropbox, etc, and then a very similar list is repeated with the next person, and the next, and the next. The resources in the back - at 85% of the book, list the same tools and resources AGAIN. If you can get this book as a library book, then it might be worth skimming. There are probably better books available.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tadas Talaikis

    Stopped after 20 or so pages, rtied again after five or more other books and dropped immediately, asked for a refund. Don't know what I have tought, but it's one of those books which rating is high, but it reminds me of www sh... that I've read ten fifteen years ago. Everyone wants to believe magic, but reality forces to work countless hours, no matter how many VAs you have. Freedom is for people who have nothing to do or have too much time to have, let's say, depression, or other "amgic" soluti Stopped after 20 or so pages, rtied again after five or more other books and dropped immediately, asked for a refund. Don't know what I have tought, but it's one of those books which rating is high, but it reminds me of www sh... that I've read ten fifteen years ago. Everyone wants to believe magic, but reality forces to work countless hours, no matter how many VAs you have. Freedom is for people who have nothing to do or have too much time to have, let's say, depression, or other "amgic" solutions for thweir problems. Often I believe my intuitition, but in this case, she told me nothing. Whatever. Title should be changed as Virtual freedom implies another reality than just f... VAs.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.F. Penn

    Excellent required reading for anyone considering the use of virtual assistants. Will save you time and money to read this.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Woodruff

    Watch my full video review at https://youtu.be/RTWijWgirfY In September 2020, I reviewed the books that helped me to build the Dream Team I have today. Business leadership and team building are one of my favorite parts of being a CEO. I also share how I found and use a highly skilled executive assistant to improve my own productivity. I share about how I have searched for and added team members, how we delegate, and how we are navigating the different stages of building a business. I absolutely lo Watch my full video review at https://youtu.be/RTWijWgirfY In September 2020, I reviewed the books that helped me to build the Dream Team I have today. Business leadership and team building are one of my favorite parts of being a CEO. I also share how I found and use a highly skilled executive assistant to improve my own productivity. I share about how I have searched for and added team members, how we delegate, and how we are navigating the different stages of building a business. I absolutely loved Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business by Chris Ducker. I have been lucky enough to have been coached by Chris. This book will talk you through learning to delegate and outsource. When I talk with women business owners, I share that it is often easier to outsource household tasks (cleaning, laundry, meal prep) than it is to build a business team. The book teaches you how to make “3 Lists to Freedom” and ensure you are focusing on the most important tasks in your business. I discuss these lists in the video and how to apply them to work and home. The best part of the book is that Chris tells you how to hire a virtual assistant and delegate your tasks.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eliot

    Great book on productivity for solopreneurs and entrepreneurs in very early stages of startup.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Super helpful to read whether you’re on the hiring side, or VA side!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Virtual Freedom is the definitive authority on taking control of your business, modifying your mindset to focus on the value you uniquely provide, and pursuing your business dreams effectively. Chris’ Book helps the business owner understand how to identify why, what and when to outsource, how to outsource well, and how to develop and nurture collaborative VA relationships. It also addresses understanding cultural and language idiosyncrasies and becoming a more effective leader of employees over Virtual Freedom is the definitive authority on taking control of your business, modifying your mindset to focus on the value you uniquely provide, and pursuing your business dreams effectively. Chris’ Book helps the business owner understand how to identify why, what and when to outsource, how to outsource well, and how to develop and nurture collaborative VA relationships. It also addresses understanding cultural and language idiosyncrasies and becoming a more effective leader of employees overall. You will find multiple links to Chris’ seemingly endless resources at his website, allowing you to dive deeper into key areas. These links provide a depth of discovery and understanding not found in ordinary books. Subscribe to Chris’ blog while reading one of the linked pages. While you are at it, subscribe to his NewBusinessPodcast as well. You have an opportunity to enter into ongoing learning with rich insights into how to best leverage yourself and your resources. Virtual Freedom includes over eight pages of resource links in the back of the book. These are in addition to those interspersed throughout the text that facilitate understanding key points. The links are excellent starting points from which to take action. The Kindle version has all of the links live including internal links that connect key sections of the book. There are case studies strategically located throughout Virtual Freedom. You will find yourself repeatedly saying “Hey, that’s me…” and simultaneously be newly equipped to replicate the strategies in your own business. There is a bonus section of the Top 10 Virtual Team-Building Mistakes and How to Avoid Them in the back of the book. You will find this indispensable. I’ll be using Virtual Freedom as a blueprint in the coming year… Rick

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Pedersen

    I waited a little while to get this book since I don't normally pay much for eBooks. But I saw it on special and grabbed it. I have absolutely no idea why this book would have anything less than 4 star reviews. The information is helpful and concise. The links to Chris's own site are worksheets or templates that you can use for your own hiring efforts. This book is certainly not an infomercial for Chris Ducker's Virtual Staff Finder service - indeed I'm going to use the tips to get better result I waited a little while to get this book since I don't normally pay much for eBooks. But I saw it on special and grabbed it. I have absolutely no idea why this book would have anything less than 4 star reviews. The information is helpful and concise. The links to Chris's own site are worksheets or templates that you can use for your own hiring efforts. This book is certainly not an infomercial for Chris Ducker's Virtual Staff Finder service - indeed I'm going to use the tips to get better results hiring VA's than I have had in the past - and I won't be using the VSF service. I'm so thrilled to get my hands on this information all in one place. The great reviews for this book are because it is a great book. If you haven't had the success you're seeking when hiring VA's buy this book and implement the helpful information straight away.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Julia Doherty

    I must admit, when I sold my last business the one thing I said to myself was "I'm never having staff again"! But if you want to be successful then you need a team behind you. Having an outsourced team is brilliant, and I wish I had embraced this way of building a business earlier in my career. After reading this book, I have decided to do the same as Chris Ducker and within 12 months (by April 2015) I will become a virtual business owner. I will slowly take myself out of the business, with exce I must admit, when I sold my last business the one thing I said to myself was "I'm never having staff again"! But if you want to be successful then you need a team behind you. Having an outsourced team is brilliant, and I wish I had embraced this way of building a business earlier in my career. After reading this book, I have decided to do the same as Chris Ducker and within 12 months (by April 2015) I will become a virtual business owner. I will slowly take myself out of the business, with exception to the parts that only I can do. Replacing with outsourced freelancers, or productivity software. This book is inspirational, and I particularly enjoyed the three column exercise that puts it all into perspective for you. A good read!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Glenn Schmelzle

    Chris has written a clear how-to book for a small business owner who'll outsource marketing content & backoffice work to offshore VAs. It does a fine job at that. Surprisingly, it also helps business owners who'll choose local talent, for work that's not necessarily SEO-related. He doesn't mandate the use of VAs forever; that can be a stepping stone to full time staff. He repeats a key approach throughout the book - be nice. Many of us forget to do this, or give ourselves license to be pricks wh Chris has written a clear how-to book for a small business owner who'll outsource marketing content & backoffice work to offshore VAs. It does a fine job at that. Surprisingly, it also helps business owners who'll choose local talent, for work that's not necessarily SEO-related. He doesn't mandate the use of VAs forever; that can be a stepping stone to full time staff. He repeats a key approach throughout the book - be nice. Many of us forget to do this, or give ourselves license to be pricks when online, knowing we may never meet a VA. Though simple, Chris makes clear that it can be the x-factor that drives a virtual team's success.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

    It's an engaging "how-to" and "why you will benefit from" a personal assistant...or five plus PA's. Ducker owns a PA provider firm and has vested interest in offering you a PA from the Philippians. It is detailed enough to get started on first PA with the things to watch for and prepare for. Probably the best written book on the subject. It's an engaging "how-to" and "why you will benefit from" a personal assistant...or five plus PA's. Ducker owns a PA provider firm and has vested interest in offering you a PA from the Philippians. It is detailed enough to get started on first PA with the things to watch for and prepare for. Probably the best written book on the subject.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ameena

    I found this book VERY repetitive and specifically geared towards those looking for VA's in only certain capacities (SEO, writing, etc.). Aside from a few interesting case studies, I found this book a bit dull and not super helpful. I found this book VERY repetitive and specifically geared towards those looking for VA's in only certain capacities (SEO, writing, etc.). Aside from a few interesting case studies, I found this book a bit dull and not super helpful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rolando Gill

    Pretty basic. A lot of "be nice to your virtual assistant". There were some good resources mentioned and ChrisDucker.com is probably the greatest website on the planet if the author is to be believed. Pretty basic. A lot of "be nice to your virtual assistant". There were some good resources mentioned and ChrisDucker.com is probably the greatest website on the planet if the author is to be believed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Skarich Joos

    Giving it a star because I need to learn about this option, so slow clap for me. There are some great nuggets in here but it probably could have been a white paper (and then he would have had my email. ;) )

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    An essential guide for anyone looking to start outsourcing. It's tailored toward online businesses, but there are great takeaways for anyone, online or off, considering building a virtual team. An essential guide for anyone looking to start outsourcing. It's tailored toward online businesses, but there are great takeaways for anyone, online or off, considering building a virtual team.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bálint

    I didn't find too many new things in this book, but it does give a great overview of outsourcing. I didn't find too many new things in this book, but it does give a great overview of outsourcing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    deleted d

    Didn't find much useful only the idea that you should treat employees as part of the great vision. Ask for their opinion etc. Bringing in my first employee in house in 2 days, this should be fun! Didn't find much useful only the idea that you should treat employees as part of the great vision. Ask for their opinion etc. Bringing in my first employee in house in 2 days, this should be fun!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tihomir

    A pretty basic book more focused on advertising his own virtual assistants company/service. Didn't meet my expectations. A pretty basic book more focused on advertising his own virtual assistants company/service. Didn't meet my expectations.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jon Vroman

    Loved this book. Packed with practical guidance for building your team. As a speaker, coach, and podcaster -- I need help! This book was exactly what the doctor ordered. Thanks Chris.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julie Capell

    Good overview. I particularly liked the detailed lists of typical tasks that can be handled by virtual assistants.

  23. 5 out of 5

    James

    A fairly short book, its mostly printed in large type so the page count is deceptive. In a nutshell, an outline of how to grow your business by adding virtual assistants. While I think everything is covered, each item could probably be expanded on by quite a bit and there's some assumptions on what types of assistants based on an average sort of web-based company. First and foremost which is only lightly touched on; do you have a good grasp of what you need for your business and can you convey th A fairly short book, its mostly printed in large type so the page count is deceptive. In a nutshell, an outline of how to grow your business by adding virtual assistants. While I think everything is covered, each item could probably be expanded on by quite a bit and there's some assumptions on what types of assistants based on an average sort of web-based company. First and foremost which is only lightly touched on; do you have a good grasp of what you need for your business and can you convey that to other people? This book skims over that and may be a bit optimistic in tone. Mr. Ducker is in the business of finding virtual staff for other companies, so I feel a bit wary here. Having been on both sides of outsourcing activity I can tell you it can be a massive time and money sink if not handled properly and only well organized and managed businesses will find hiring remote employees profitable. I would recommend dipping your toes in first by hiring someone for a single well defined task and see if you can successfully manage people remotely. An interesting read and useful as a starting off point.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    Helpful, but quite in need of an update. Part of the reason I read this was for the resources, but many of them are no longer current, or the suggestions were repetitive- every case study suggested Skype and Dropbox and sometimes nothing more, which weren’t new to me. Some of the ideas for roles were new, but for someone who has every worked with VAs before, much of this will feel like a review. Going to check out his resources on the site to see if they are more current. Glad I got this from the Helpful, but quite in need of an update. Part of the reason I read this was for the resources, but many of them are no longer current, or the suggestions were repetitive- every case study suggested Skype and Dropbox and sometimes nothing more, which weren’t new to me. Some of the ideas for roles were new, but for someone who has every worked with VAs before, much of this will feel like a review. Going to check out his resources on the site to see if they are more current. Glad I got this from the library- not a reference I‘ll want on the shelf. If someone has never worked with VAs at all, this would be a good overview to start, paired with more current tech for 2020 rather than 2010.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Porsche

    This books wasn't what I was expecting, but I did find it both incredibly useful and highly interesting. At first glance I thought the book would address the management of staff that are working remotely, but the book's main focus is around the new world of virtual assistants. The author did touch on various ways to manage virtual teams (assistants), which did help my current remote working needs. This book is perfect for entrepreneurs who need to build teams in order to grow their businesses. I' This books wasn't what I was expecting, but I did find it both incredibly useful and highly interesting. At first glance I thought the book would address the management of staff that are working remotely, but the book's main focus is around the new world of virtual assistants. The author did touch on various ways to manage virtual teams (assistants), which did help my current remote working needs. This book is perfect for entrepreneurs who need to build teams in order to grow their businesses. I'm also of the view that more businesses will soon enter the world of virtual assistants, so I'd recommend it to all business owners/managers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nex Juice

    I was inspired to read this book from The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss - and I'm so very glad I did! As a new entrepreneur, I can use all the help and knowledge I can get when it comes to hiring and retaining staff. A must-read for all business owners. He discusses all the different types of virtual assistants you might need for your business and how to go about finding them and managing them. He talks about the pros and cons of sending your work overseas or keeping it in the US. Great informa I was inspired to read this book from The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss - and I'm so very glad I did! As a new entrepreneur, I can use all the help and knowledge I can get when it comes to hiring and retaining staff. A must-read for all business owners. He discusses all the different types of virtual assistants you might need for your business and how to go about finding them and managing them. He talks about the pros and cons of sending your work overseas or keeping it in the US. Great information in here - I plan to read it again as I organize my tasks into more clearly defined roles.

  27. 4 out of 5

    D&A Moses

    Life-changing information! This book is truly a game changer. Now, I understand that you don't have to do it all. When I started my masters degree, I knew this time I was going not going to be alone. In fact, I went into this knowing that I would be hiring a virtual team to help with my business. However, I had several questions regarding the process and this book was the answer. Chris Ducker is a genius Life-changing information! This book is truly a game changer. Now, I understand that you don't have to do it all. When I started my masters degree, I knew this time I was going not going to be alone. In fact, I went into this knowing that I would be hiring a virtual team to help with my business. However, I had several questions regarding the process and this book was the answer. Chris Ducker is a genius

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kim Rudschinat

    I have this one thanks to pay Flynn this is the book avenue looking for a long time all the time since I found the virtual assistants fiveer for a $5 3 hours work Great and hearing that book this book you are going deeper into how you can take and make the word show assistance run your company while you are building your relationship in a P2P business thank you I am not yet there but I will be there soon when my courses are running in but I am selling and I have created a business thank you

  29. 4 out of 5

    Corey

    Summary: This is a good look at virtual staffing and its numerous benefits, but it covers a range of relatively mundane and self explanatory concept and focuses quite prominently on virtual staff sources from the Philippines. This reduced the scope of the book and made it quite repetitive. As always, there's value to be mined, but it's a slog to get there. I would recommend this book to those who need to spend more time on their business, not in their business. The main message I took from this boo Summary: This is a good look at virtual staffing and its numerous benefits, but it covers a range of relatively mundane and self explanatory concept and focuses quite prominently on virtual staff sources from the Philippines. This reduced the scope of the book and made it quite repetitive. As always, there's value to be mined, but it's a slog to get there. I would recommend this book to those who need to spend more time on their business, not in their business. The main message I took from this book is that effective delegation can help fuel the growth of your business and ultimately increase your profits despite the costs of maintaining staff. Some notable points: - The quality of work you receive from virtual employees is proportional to the quality of the instructions they receive. - General virtual assistants are a great asset, especially if your virtual team is growing as they can take on some management responsibilities. - Create three lists to help divide up work. The first list is tasks you don't like doing, the second list is tasks you don't know how to do and the third list is things you feel you shouldn't be doing. - Build a team rather than building around one strong assistant. - A good hire should have the skills you're looking for, growth potential and personality that meshes well with you and your organisation. - Most agreements you have won't hold up in court and are difficult due to distance, so you need to use common sense to protect your interests/finances.

  30. 4 out of 5

    P

    Not bad, some pretty basic and specific advice for smaller businesses. Would have liked to have seen some more of the disadvantages that I have certainly faced using freelancers. I also don't think anything beats having a tight nit local team that enjoys the face to face social/productivity advantages. Not bad, some pretty basic and specific advice for smaller businesses. Would have liked to have seen some more of the disadvantages that I have certainly faced using freelancers. I also don't think anything beats having a tight nit local team that enjoys the face to face social/productivity advantages.

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