Allen Gillmer first gave me the idea of setting up a business that could be run from anywhere in the world. Tim Ferriss took it to a whole new level with his New York Times Bestseller “The 4-Hour Work Week”. There has never been a time when this idea is more feasible than now.
The tech sector is booming and internet based service companies are popping up every day. Starting a business on a few thousand dollars is the norm. Even if you don’t have that much cash, you can look to yet another internet based business such as kickstarter, for funding.
You’ve never had a better opportunity to launch a successful start-up that you can run from anywhere in the world than you have at the present. Start-ups that want to know how to set up an organizational structure can be run from anywhere in the world are entering the market at just the right time.
This is part 1 of a 2 part series. This is exactly how you can create a business that can be run from anywhere in the world.
Contract a virtual office. Companies like Business Suites specialize in renting out office space on a daily basis. What a start-up should note is that they have office phone and mail service even without the need for office space. You can have a Fifth Avenue, New York City address on your business cards for less than $100 a month. They’ll even answer the phone using your business name and forward your mail to your home.
Use Google Voice if you plan to have multiple employees and higher call volumes. You can set Google Voice to redirect your calls based on the time of day. Early calls go to the east coast employees. Later calls go to west coast employees and really late calls can go overseas.
My favorite feature is that as an executive, you can set your availability and limit when calls can come to you without worrying about missing something important. Your calls can be directed straight to another employee or your virtual assistant.
Hire a virtual assistant. If your work load is too much for you to handle, but not enough for another full time employee, hire a virtual assistant. They can be purchased on an hourly basis as needed. EA Help is my favorite service. They can customize a package to fit your needs. You can hire a Virtual Assistant who works only 5 hours a week checking your emails, organizing your to do items and scheduling your appointments.
Hire freelancers for everything. I just recently launched yet another design contest on 99Designs for my latest book cover. I wrote the book, hired a freelance editor, crowd-sourced the design and hired a freelancer to put it into an e-book format. Inserting it into my site will be done by yet another freelancer. My favorite service provider is Elance.
Use a payment process service that also fulfills orders. E-Junkie is one of the easiest to install and operate. This is essential to making money from your lawn chair on the beach. Services like E-Junkie allow you to create a product and forget about it. E-Junkie will process the payment and deliver the product without you having to lift a finger.
Whether you plan to visit the beach or just spend more time working in an environment you like, setting up a business you can run from anywhere in the world just makes sense. Today’s mobile environment has transformed the work environment from stuffy cubicles to free and open space.
Part 2 will run next week and will feature how I use Dropbox, Evernote, Nozbe, Skype and TopSpot IMS to run my business from anywhere in the world.
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