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!
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If you operate a virtual business like I do, or are thinking about one, Your Virtual Success is a reference manual you should pick up. It provides an easy to read, yet content-filled set of actions for you to take to…
- Transition to a virtual business from your day job
- Establish a virtual business quickly
- Develop niche branding and image
- Sell and market your business virtually
- Qualify and hire virtual talent–from anywhere!
- Test and expand your business
The author Alan Blume “eats his own dog food” as he told me once, in that all the recipes in this book he uses for his own business, StartUpSelling, Inc. I was most intrigued by some of the unconventional sources to find freelance talent; specifically, Craig’s List. Frankly I thought Craig’s List was a haven for rip-off artists, criminals and even murderers. Since reading this book, I have found my graphic designer for this business’ logo and my current web designer via carefully specified postings on Craig’sList. There are diamonds in the rough amongst the bad actors in cyberspace, and the instructions in the staffing chapter of how to separate the wheat from the chafe are alone worth the price of admission.
This book provides the leverage to begin thinking about work differently, starting with the Tale of Two Nephews on through various stories of how the author runs his own business, making the rest of us eat our hearts out in the process. It has the same motivational qualities as the similar Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris, without the focus on world travel and zoomed in a little more on creating your own virtual venture from a practical standpoint.
Readers can get through this book in one sitting, but you should circle back with a highlighter or ball point pen to some of the key sections and references Alan gives. Dogear the appendix Roling Pipeline Report, Prospect Scorecard and Sample Order Confirmations as documents that can form a basis for tracking and operating your virtual business.
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Alan is giving away a signed copy of Your Virtual Success to Smart Blog readers. Post your best virtual business success story below, whether it is about your entire business model, a tip or trick you learned and have used with success, or a resource (book, website, etc.) that has motivated you or moved you toward launching or succeeding with your own virtual business.
Winner will be announced in a future blog and tweet!