Herding Cats with WordPress Plugins

Hurray!  Open Source Software!  We love it!

Really?  I’m not a tech guy nor do I play one on TV, but all the hype about how easy WordPress and other similar stuff makes your life easy is overstated, at best.  My latest escapade into herding cats is trying to manage the umpteen plugins I have running on my site by myself.  Kill me now, but outsourcing is for me. Read More…

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How to Catapult Your Blog to Stardom

Guys and Ladies, you’re going to love this Vlog post.

This week I had the opportunity to interview Chris Ducker, President and CEO of the Live2Sell group of companies based in the Philippines, and evil originator of the Virtual Business Lifestyle blog.  This 15 month old blog that started as a personal mission statement for Chris now has over 11,000 fans on Facebook, 13,000 Twitter followers, and gets about 15,000 readers a month. This post gives you some insight as to how he did it and how you can get started. Read More…

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US Small Business: Cash Flow Strategies for 2011

To believe or not to believe, that is the question.  Of course, with regard to US Small Business, I’m talking about the economic recovery, or the purported economic recovery.  One side in Washington says things are coming around, yet seems to consistently do everything possible to punish small business.  This small business owner says cash is king, and if you don’t have a cash flow strategy, it’s high time you get one. Read More…

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Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World

The New American Business

The way we work in America is changing dramatically.  Virtual business, remote work, telework, distributed work, virtual staff like executive assistants, and leading virtual teams are all the rage for a variety of reasons.  Economics of lower-priced overseas competition, renewed US focus on quality of life, and simply the improved effectiveness of a virtual business model drive the shift.

Author of Your Virtual Success: Finding Profitability in an Online World Alan Blume believes that virtual work is transforming the very nature of cities and urban centers.  As more business is done from remote locations, cities are rapidly becoming cultural centers steeped more in entertainment that business.  There is simply little need to be “at the office” like we used to.  Take a look at the downward spiral in commercial office space real estate in recent years and you’ll see what I mean.  Companies who don’t adapt won’t be able to attract the best talent, maintain a financial edge, and may soon end up like Blockbuster Video as Alan describes it.

Executive Video Interview

Enjoy the two videos below where I interview Alan Blume about the changing nature of business today, the benefits of the Virtual Lifestyle, and the best ways to locate and hire virtual, outsourced staff to help operate your virtual business.

Read on to the bottom of this post to learn about a book giveaway that the author has agreed to for Smart Blog readers and viewers!

What’s so cool about a virtual business?

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Telework & Virtual Teams Strategy (pt. 2 of 2)

This is the second in a two part blog post on Telework and Virtual Team Strategy with video interview of Phil Montero of Montero Consulting and YouCanWorkFromAnywhere.com fame.

Video Interview

Phil and I get into non-tech elements critical for success when Leading virtual or distributed workforces.  This generates the intangibles necessary for leaders and why authoritarian leadership models won’t fly in a purely virtual situation.  

Check out the video to learn Phil’s gadgetry and secret collaborative software weapon that you can get for the price of…FREE!

Creating a Virtual Environment for Success

Most American models of leadership still use the top-down, authoritarian style of communication when dealing with “subordinates”.  We glorify the strong, brave, dictatorial styles of Jack Welch in business and Patton on the battlefield.  Everything has its place and in the virtual landscape, the world has never been flatter!  Read More…

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Telework & Virtual Teams Strategy (pt. 1 of 2)

This week’s blog post begins the video blog series of interviews with noted authorities, in this case, virtual work, distributed teams and succeeding in the endeavor.  Joining me to discuss Telework and Virtual Teams Strategy is Phil Montero of Montero Consulting (www.youcanworkfromanywhere.com) who has made a career for the past decade plus of enabling companies and individuals to move into the new work environment of working virtually.

Video Interview

Check out the video interview below with Phil.  In part 2 of this interview and next blog post, you’ll learn another mission critical element that, in many cases, doesn’t occur in geographically proximate work environments (like under the same roof).  If it’s missing in virtual environments, you can kiss success goodbye!


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