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How to become a virtual boss

Almost every Friday now we are featuring guest posts from really great people who are changing the world one step at a time. Some of our guest writers are 1 person businesses, some have a small team, but back in his second guest post is Chris Ducker from Live2sell who is the CEO of a 200 person outsourcing business based out in the Philipines.

Chris has the goal of becoming a full time virtual CEO by the end of this year. You can follow his progress over on his blog Virtual Business Lifestyle or on Twitter.

Chris is today’s Friday Follow (#FF)

In this video post Chris has prepared especially for our readers, Chris focuses on the steps to take to become a Virtual CEO. Whether that’s full time or part time, or you want to spend more time working on the business rather than in the business,  Chris has some really great tips in this 5m video.

So you don’t have to, I spent a few minutes making some notes and transcribed the video:

Hey Everybody I’m Chris Ducker and welcome to The Big Red Tomato Company – Matthew Needham’s Blog.

Matthew asked me to do this guest post for his readership and viewers in regards to entrepreneurship and taking yourself out of the office as an entrepreneur.

Myself I’ve been in business 20 years and running my own companies, on and off, for about half of that time.  But solidly over the last 5 years I’ve been building up an outsourcing company based here in the Philippines from the ground up. We started off with 7 employees and now have over 200 as of yesterday.

So within that space of time particularly in the last year or so, I’ve started to take myself out of the business slowly but surely as processes get put in place and delegation goes up through the roof across all departments very quickly.

Matthew asked me to do this post for you guys very quickly to give you a few tips which maybe you can put into practice to take you out of the office with maybe the ultimate aim of doing it full time.

There’s  3 main tips that I can give you straight off the bat:

1. List down tasks that don’t need your physical presence

List down the tasks that don’t need your physical presence in the office  for. You’d be amazed! You’d be amazed when you write that list down how many tasks you do each day which you don’t need to be in the office for.  From checking emails to taking phone calls You name there’s a whole bunch of tasks that people do in the office because they feel that they need to be in the office.

Fact of the matter is that we live in a wireless world, so you don’t really  need to be in the office to get those kind of things done anymore.

The other thing is to list down with the things which really do need your physical presence in the office for whether or not you can:

2. Delegate your ‘required to be in the office’ tasks!

IF you can delegate those things if you can delegate those things (and obviously you’d delegate them to people you trust), but if you can delegate those things why not do it?

Why not? You’re the boss right? You’re the owner? Why are you doing all of the work yourself?

Get a little lazy, get a little conceited and delegate that work out to other people so that you don’t have to do it.  If you have to hire one more person  to be your dedicated delegator . Then go ahead and do that because the money you will spend on their salary on a yearly basis will be far smaller than the things you can do with your time that you have saved.

3. Try it! Start small and become more comfortable!

The third thing is to try it.  Just try it out. I did that. I started about a year ago not coming to the office on a Friday and I started working from home on Friday and I’d still do a full shift ‘so to speak’ and I would still be in front of the computer 8-9 hours a day.

As the year has gone by the last over the last 12 months  or so of me doing that I have done less and less work on the Friday and over the last few months I have done no work at all on a Friday. So fundamentally I work a 4 day work week, not quite a ‘4 Hour Work Week Mr Ferris’ – unfortunately. But a 4 day work week is pretty good none the less.

So try it out. Take yourself out of the office bit by bit. You can do it half a day to begin with, if you’re a little shaky about not being around for a full day.

But you go from half a day for a couple of weeks, to a full day for another couple of weeks for a month, then see what you can do.

Ultimately I’m still building my business now, so I do have to be here pretty regularly. But, by the end of this year, my goal is to be a full time virtual CEO, with no desk, no chair, no office, nothing at all in my company premises.

And I will achieve it because I know it is very, very do able.

So, until next time, thank you very much. Matthew, I applaud you on doing such a great job on your blog here, it looks like you’ve got a great community building.

It was a pleasure being in front of you guys for a few minutes.

If you want to learn more pop over to the blog www.virtualbusinesslifestyle.com

Have a great day everybody.

Chris C. Ducker is CEO of a 200+ employee Outsourcing company based in the Philippines and an entrepreneur at heart. He is also an advocate of the mobile entrepreneurial life that he calls the ‘Virtual Business Lifestyle’ and author of the FREE eBook “Saving the Day, the Virtual Way”, which is available for download at his blog VirtualBusinessLifestyle.com. Follow Chris on Twitter to stay up-to-date with his projects and activities.