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028: Managing Virtual Teams in a Freelance Economy

According to global freelance matchmaker, Upwork, 57.3 million people freelanced in 2017.  In 10 years, they predict that the majority of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.  As a small business owner, this means you will likely have more freelancers rather than employees performing work for you.  Managing these dispersed, virtual teams can be challenging.  This is where Sherry Heyl comes in.  In this episode, Sherry shares how she was inspired to start Amplified Concepts as a share economy solution for freelancers.  By pooling freelancers, she’s able to provide them back-office support resulting in reduced overhead for them and reduced project costs for you.  She also shares best practices for managing virtual teams of freelancers so important deadlines are met without sacrificing quality.  You’ll definitely want to download this episode!

Special Guest: Sherry Heyl, Founder of Amplified Concepts

Show Notes:

    • What Exactly is the Sharing Economy? – an article describing the various types of “new economies” including share, freelance and gig economies
    • SherryHeyl.com – Sherry’s site highlighting her professional skills
    • Why Hire Us – get help managing your team of freelancers
    • Freelancers Union – promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services
    • Fiverr.com – on-demand freelance services
    • UberConference – communicate seamlessly with your freelance team with state-of-the-art conference calling features that integrates with several apps like Slack, Salesforce, and LinkedIn
    • Upwork – find and vet premium freelancers for your next project

 

Related Episodes:

  • Episode 007: Staffing Up While You Scale Up: Tips for Getting the Help You Need When You Need It
  • Episode 012: How to Find the Right Person for Your Process Improvement Initiative
  • Episode 023: Attracting Top Talent to Your Small Business
  • Episode 026: Finding Your Niche to Build an Empire

 

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017: How Traveling Can Lead to Self-Discovery & Business Evolution

“Know Thyself.”  Thousands of years later, this ancient adage still rings true.  In this episode, Keith Finger opens up about how globetrotting solo across 10 countries in a four-month period led to a period of self-discovery and not only made him rethink the way he operated his current business but also gave way to a new business altogether.  Specifically, he talks about the people, processes and tools he sought in preparation for, during and after this journey.  This helped him identify a common thread across the work he’s done over his corporate and entrepreneurial career.  Learn how what he describes as his “epiphany” served as a catalyst for shedding the parental and societal expectations and instead step into his own power, making him a more effective and intentional consultant to his clients.

Special Guest:  Keith Finger, CEO of Ignite RevenueShow Notes:

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016: Demonstrate, Duplicate & Delegate: Nia Imani’s Formula for Success

In this heartfelt episode, serial entrepreneur and real estate mogul, Nia Imani, explains how her personal mantra of “demonstrate, duplicate and delegate,” has enabled her to create and implement key systems that facilitate her bi-coastal lifestyle while expanding her business across multiple states and most recently, multiple countries.  Tune in to hear how she flipped her first home at 24-years-old and used the proceeds as seed money to build and franchise a janitorial services company.  Eventually, she sold that company and started a new one specializing in legacy lifestyle management.  Nia did all of this and more without the higher education some equate with success.  Don’t forget to download this episode – it’s a keeper!

Special Guest:  Nia Imani, CEO of Fabulous Life International

Show Notes:

  • Streaming Success – resources from Nia’s company to inspire women to consciously create a wealth-building blueprint; includes access to her emerging international program, W.E.A.L.T.H.
  • Undercover Boss – a television show highlighting the disconnect between executives and front-line employees
  • Tom Ferry – YouTube channel offering guidance on building a real estate business

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013: The Process of Networking

“The fortune is in the follow up,” proclaims Corey Moore as he kicks off the first show of the Business Infrastructure podcast’s second season. Corey, a serial entrepreneur, is the owner of Atlanta’s largest resource center for business and networking events. He’s also a professional networker and in this episode, he shares his tried and tested process to network your way to success. Like any process, Corey warns that it takes commitment and a genuine desire to build relationships to attain desired results consistently over an extended period of time. Once you listen to this episode, it won’t take you long to discover why he is known as the “NetworKING” in the Atlanta, GA metro area.

Special Guest: Corey Moore, Founder & CEO of ProNetworker and Fortune Financial Group

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010: Cybersecurity & Small Business: What You Need to Know for Maximum Data Protection

The digital revolution is here and there’s no turning back! We are increasingly becoming more dependent on web-based apps and software technologies as tools to facilitate and enhance the way we communicate and operate our businesses. With infamous data breaches (not to mention cover-ups) and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation law, which went into effect in late May, 2018, cybersecurity is quickly moving to the forefront of small business vernacular. This is no longer something that only big corporations have to take into consideration. According to Gary Vause II, a cybersecurity expert and consultant, 90% of data breaches are “inside jobs.” In this episode, Gary chronicles his 30+ year career in information technology and shares the importance of implementing user awareness programs and data encryption solutions as part of H.R. and accounting policies. This information may change the way you think about data storage, protection and privacy in your company, especially if you collect credit card payments online.

Special Guest: Gary Vause II, Founder & CEO, Vause Computer Systems

Show Notes:

  • Cybersecurity

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009: Business Coaching vs. Consulting – 9 Tips for Choosing the Right Type of Guidance

Being an entrepreneur can be lonely, even if competent staff surround you. The daily decisions to make are innumerable, the pressure is high and giving up is not an option. Sometimes you just need a sounding board or a person in a neutral position on the outside of your business to confide in. It’s during these moments when we can benefit from coaching. In this episode, Latarsha Horne, a Certified Professional Coach, explains the benefits of coaching. Learn how she tapped into her natural talents and combined them with her career as a corporate instructional designer to build a successful coaching business. She also defines the key difference between a business coach and a consultant and shares nine specific things you need to take into consideration before hiring a coach. Sometimes clarity is all you need to solidify your business infrastructure.

Special Guest: Latarsha Horne, Founder & CEO, The Tarsh Network

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