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virtualfreedomHow to work with virtual staff to buy more time, become more productive, and build your dream business (2014) by Chris Ducker

I do not have any online business hence I have never see the need for virtual staff. However, the author did try to be precise and give some guidelines as to hiring, software used, case studies in this book.

Some of the case studies include best practices, tools of trade used :

1. Todd Beuckens, Online Teacher (Ello.org)

Best Practices :

1. Work with multiple virtual assistants instead of hiring one full time virtual assistant.
2. Look for freelancers or virtual assistants with no reviews.
3. Be a nice guy

Tools used :
1. Screencast
2. Dropbox
3. Skype

 

Tom Libelt, Online Service Provider (Libelty SEO)

Best Practices :

1. Bad hires are part of the learning process.
2. Use your best virtual assistant to help interview potential candidates.
3. Keep your communication clear and precise.

Tools used :
1. basecamp
2. Skype
3. Jing

 

 

Independent Entrepreneur (Shopify Ninjas)

Best Practices :
1. Maintain constant communication
2. Take responsibility

Tools used
1. FreshBooks
2. Trello
3. Skype

 

 
Fiona Lewis, E-Commerce Business Owner (Super Savvy Business)

Best Practices :

1. Look for skills and personal values
2. Look for gold- and understand its value.
3. Use an outsourcing agency for roles you are unfamiliar with.
4. Hold consistent face-to-face meeting
5. Create 90 days action plans.
6. Offer training opportunities

Tools of the trade :
1. GoogleDrive
2. Google Hangouts
3. Google sites
4. SnagIt

 

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