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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  800 ratings  ·  70 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by BenBella Books (first published January 1st 2014)
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May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
I wish I'd had a virtual assistant to read this book for me and give me a 2-minute summary.
Rivka Kawano
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
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.
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 ...more
J.F. Penn
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent required reading for anyone considering the use of virtual assistants. Will save you time and money to read this.
Lisa Woodruff
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Watch my full video review at

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
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book on productivity for solopreneurs and entrepreneurs in very early stages of startup.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Super helpful to read whether you’re on the hiring side, or VA side!
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Tracey Pedersen
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Julia Doherty
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Glenn Schmelzle
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Rolando Gill
Pretty basic. A lot of "be nice to your virtual assistant". There were some good resources mentioned and is probably the greatest website on the planet if the author is to be believed.
Maggie Skarich Joos
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ;) )
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find too many new things in this book, but it does give a great overview of outsourcing.
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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!
Apr 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audio
A pretty basic book more focused on advertising his own virtual assistants company/service. Didn't meet my expectations.
Jon Vroman
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julie  Capell
Good overview. I particularly liked the detailed lists of typical tasks that can be handled by virtual assistants.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: diy, non-fiction
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
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
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
Nex Juice
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
D&A Moses
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kim Rudschinat
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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.
Ben Lobaugh
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking to amp up your capacity by outsourcing your life, Ducker has written a great book that takes you from nothing to integrating a full VA team into your processes. He provides great examples, illustrations, and success stories of how others have done it. I started working with a GVA (general VA) right before picking up this book and it has been really helpful!
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