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When it comes to running a successful virtual business, you really can’t go at it completely alone. No, this doesn’t mean you need a bunch of employees or any of that jazz. But you are going to need some kind of help at some point. I can tell you for sure that my business increased, stress decreased, and happiness also increased when I hired my two virtual assistants, Lisa and Jaimie, last year.
Outsourcing (and letting go a bit…or a lot) is hugely important and there might not be anyone better than today’s guest, the creator of VirtualBusinessLifestyle.com Chris Ducker, to discuss it.
Chris is also the founder of Virtual Staff Finder, which we shamelessly plug at the end of the interview (really cool resource for finding virtual assistants). You can check it out via my affiliate link right here.
QUESTION: What has been your experience with VA’s? Do you work with one (or more?) If not, are you interested? Why or why not?
Chris is a thirty-something, 20-year sales and marketing guy, originally from the UK. However, for the last 10 years he’s lived in the Philippines, where for the last 5+ years he’s owned and operated his own Total Business Outsourcing firm, the Live2Sell Group of Companies. Chris is also a husband and father of three awesome kids!
At the beginning of 2010 Chris launched the VBL Blog as a way to track his own journey of hopefully becoming a full-time Virtual CEO by the end of the year, completely removing himself from his business on a day-to-day basis. In late December 2010, Chris achieved the goal and spent less than 6 days in the office in total – all whilst still conversing with clients, working closely with management, signing up new clients, and working on his 2011 business plan.
Now Chris’ mission is a very simple one – to help others do the same, and spread the word of the ‘Virtual Business Lifestyle’.
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