Chris Ducker is a successful entrepreneur, blogger, and podcaster known for his thought leadership about building businesses and lifestyles that thrive with virtual teams. His highly-anticipated book—Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business—comes out April 1 and is available for pre-order now. This special podcast series provides an exclusive look into the important themes, strategies, and tactics that Chris explores in the book.
VF025: Help! I've Turned Into A 'People Manager', Now What?!
In this final episode of the Virtual Freedom podcast, Chris discusses taking everything to the next level, and hiring your first project manager to lead your team for you, so that you can get back to running your business, instead of focusing on running your team. He also discusses his aspirations for everyone that picks up a copy of the book, along with extending a personal pledge to help - just contact him! :-)
VF024: The 5 Biggest Outsourcing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them!)
As we get closer to wrapping up this limited run podcast, Chris discusses the five biggest mistakes he sees entrepreneurs making when they get started with their outsourcing, and more importantly how to avoid doing so yourself! He also talks about why learning by your mistakes is important as a business owner, and as a manager of people.
VF023: Book Excerpt: Your First 6-Months
In this episode, Chris reads directly from his book and shows you, in the process how your first 6-months could look if you embrace the power of virtual teams and follow his advice inside the pages of Virtual Freedom. This session gives you a great 'birds eye view' of just how important it is to build your virtual team, not just for your business growth, but for your overall lifestyle as an entrepreneur.
VF022: How To Leverage Content Marketing Effectively With Virtual Staff
In recent years you've probably heard the saying 'content is king'. It's true, it is. And to be truly discoverable, remembered and shared online today, you need to create killer content. In this episode, Chris discusses some of the best content to produce, as well as the in's and out's of getting your VAs to do the majority of the heavy lifting, when it comes to the marketing side of things, for you.
VF021: The Importance Of Meeting Face - To - Face Regularly
Working at an arms length certainly has its benefits, but it doesn't come without its challenges, too. In this episode, Chris goes over the importance of meeting with your virtual team face-to-face on a regular basis. Either via webcam chats on Skype and Google+, or even (if its possible) in person. Either way, it's an important part of the team development process.
VF020: How To Set Up Your Virtual Team Social Network Hub
Setting up a 'virtual water cooler' was one of the most amazing things Chris has done for his virtual team in recent years. It's a place where his staff come to hang out and socialize… sure work creeps into the conversation every now and then, but it's ultimately just about being a team. In this episode, Chris gives you his tips and resources for doing likewise.
It's the little things that count
So many people out there talk about, or make reference to, the idea of virtual freedom. Problem is, most of them don't break it down for those of us that are just getting started, or who may not have a ton of cash to splash. I am so grateful for Chris, this podcast, his book, and the other way he engages those of us that want to make our lives more efficient and get to the next level. This podcast breaks it down in wonderful little bite-sized pieces, so you know how to take that first step.
If you haven't gotten the Virtual Freedom book, get on that STAT. It gives even more easy steps we can all take to get the insane task list out of our lives :-) Even if you don't run a business, these tips can help anyone who just doesn't have the time or emotional energy to do every little thing themselves. Working parents, I'm talking to you too :-)
Virtual Freedom could not have come at a better time for our business!
Fantastic resource! I listen to this podcast as a companion to Chris' newly-released book, and it has benefited us greatly. It came along at a time when we were just ready to hire our first Filipino GVA. I find myself referring to both the book and this podcast often as we settle in to our working relationship with our wonderful new assistant. Thank you, Chris, for guiding us and our fellow entrepreneurs into the world of virtual assistance.
Great format. Feel like I’m attending a workshop.
Love these bite-sized episodes, each of which has a distinct focus. Great idea for a book launch, an idea I haven’t seen before. Structure aside, I’m also finding the information completely useful for myself and my businesswomen’s community.