• Virtual Freedom

  • How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business
  • By: Chris Ducker
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (634 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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A Complete Life Changer

Where does Virtual Freedom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely top 5 overall. Probably no.1 in terms of practical usefulness!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Virtual Freedom?

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!

Which scene was your favorite?

I honestly couldn't choose an outright favourite. Every single paragraph was USEFUL and ACTIONABLE.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yep, definitely. Didn't laugh or cry, just did alot of eyebrow raising & head nodding :)

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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.

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Interesting Read for Entrepreneurs

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.

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A must-read, but don't expect too much

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's definitely a must-read for any busy entrepreneur or project manager. But do not expect this book to solve all your problems or give you all the answers. It will show you the possibilities, but it will be a long and painful way of trials and errors before you can implement its main idea - hiring virtual assistants to free-up some of your time.

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Ok for beginners

You may find it useful Only if you're completely new to hiring freelancers. I felt the author is more interested in promoting his own web site/ business than teaching anything useful

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Awesome Audio Book - A MUST HAVE!

Would you listen to Virtual Freedom again? Why?

I enjoy listening to this audio book over and over again! Every time I listen, I get something new out of it.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

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Great Resource for Considering VAs for 1st Time

If you could sum up Virtual Freedom in three words, what would they be?

Instructional case studies for beginners.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Virtual Freedom?

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.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

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? ;)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Great, specific tips on working with VAs

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.

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Great advice! I've already begun hiring!

You will find the resources great but only if you have the physical book. It would be helpful if we could download a free resources doc with special code fir audio purchasers.

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A bit repetitive

All power to the author for bringing this concept to the light of day but it ended up being a huge ad for various sites and back to back examples of how somebody felt overwhelmed, got a VA, and then everything was better. Very repetitive but had some good content mixed in.

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Repetitious

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

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  • Edvardas
  • 07-29-15

Meh...

Meh... Waste of money and time... Just a big long ad for Skype and Dropbox

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  • TPV
  • 04-22-15

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!

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  • Marcus
  • 03-10-15

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.

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  • Amazin Customer
  • 08-23-21

Helpful actionable bool

Great book with actionable tips that I was able to implement immediately in my business.

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  • lawrence
  • 07-16-21

Good listen, I knew nothing before this book

Good listen, I knew nothing about virtual teams before this book. This has helped me understand how to build a content team. Working with a GVA

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  • TheShopDetective
  • 08-09-20

Extremely useful to help me for VA recruit

Highly recommended to prepare for ones to recruit VA's. amazing in depth insight how to hire, providing tools and advice to prepare for ones to operate Va management online.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-01-20

just information have been looking for a while

I have been looking for this information for a long time but nowhere on internet you find so complete information with so many instructions in so many tips and so many softwares and everything that is speak about it it's just exactly what I'm looking for if you want to use virtual assistants for building your company and become a company owner instead of a company yourself and I would read this book

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  • Miklos
  • 08-27-19

It is a great book and teaches a lot about topic.

It was great to hear the explanation stories and cleared quite a good amount of confusion.

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  • Rebecca Smith
  • 12-29-18

A rip of the 5hr work week

A poor attempt to piggyback on the brilliant 5hr work week that was a best seller. Philippines obsessed because he has a business there. Condescending in place's and also contradictory because he states a task is simple and then lists the 50 steps it takes to complete it. Probably only 5 good ideas in total.

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  • Handyfeet
  • 09-03-17

Excellent book

What made the experience of listening to Virtual Freedom the most enjoyable?

I really found this book useful for planning how to scale up my business. While the style of narration is a little annoying at first, I'm glad I persevered as it was well worth it. Highly recommended.

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  • Daniel Jackson
  • 05-11-20

very helpful

Chris provides lots of great insights and strategies to use for hiring and using VAs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-19

Very Useful

Recommend for small business owners it has many practical tips that you can use right away

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  • Kate Martin
  • 04-26-19

Simply the best book on hiring

I love this book and only a few chapters in, I have recommended it to several others.
It's exactly what I have been looking for to answer all questions relating to hiring virtual staff.
I've been in the online space for a while now, and I wish I had read this book years ago, it would have saved me countless hours.

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  • Diamond
  • 07-22-17

Detailed fool proof guide for creating andmanaging

So, you don't have a clue on where to start and then grow your online business? This is THE book that shows you how. Extremely detailed, full of resources and case studies.
Tim Ferris showed me "what" to do, Chris Ducker showed me "how". Thank you Chris!
I didn't like the narrator's accent that much though. Sometimes I had to go back and listen once again to understand him. To be fair, I have to say that I'm not a native speaker, however I've been able to fully understand other narrators.
Summarising: extremely recommended