#066: How to Run a Virtual Company [Podcast]

What if you could run a company with no office, no staff, no inventory and no overhead? You can, and that is what this week’s show is about.

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Spiritual Foundations

And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace.
John 1:16

If you are in a place where you feel the demands made on you are too much, I’ve got good news. You can stop working so hard, and watch God step in and supply everything you need. I frequently feel the demands of life. There are many expectations from clients, readers, listeners, and that’s just on the business side of my life. If I let myself get caught up in thinking about the demands placed on me, it can feel like a heavy load. It’s in these times that I turn to Jesus and simply tell him, “this is now your problem.” I know that sounds crass. But hear me out.

Recently, I returned from about three weeks of continuous air travel, conference speaking, and intense activity. The day after I got back home, I was scheduled to meet with a small group of entrepreneurs that I mentor in our church. As I drove to the meeting, really unprepared, I said to the Lord, “God, I can’t do this. I have nothing for them. I surrender this to you, and I can’t wait to see how you’re going to handle it.”

As always, God showed up. He gave me just the right words to say, and more importantly he gave me just the right heart to hear what was on the minds of the people at the meeting. We had deeply rewarding time together. I was just as much nourished and refreshed as anyone else at the meeting. That’s the kind of thing that happens when you set down the burden and leave it up to the Lord to carry it.

When we are able to receive the abundance of God’s grace, to give up on all of the work were trying to do, and simply rest in God’s favor… The weight of demand is lifted from our shoulders and we are carried on the river of God’s unlimited supply.

Feature Segment: How to Run a Virtual Company

Today, it is  stopno longer necessary to make a huge capital investment to run a company. There are many startups and even established businesses that generate millions of dollars in revenue each year-without having a building, employees, or even inventory. How do you run such a “virtual company”? And if the idea intrigues you, how do you transition from being a traditional business to “going virtual”?

  The Virtual Company 10 Point Plan

  1. Run an “8020 analysis” on your business
  2. Get rid of the building
  3. Eliminate your employees
  4. Build a business system
  5. Own nothing, control everything
  6. Use proven tools: base camp, Google apps, GoToMeeting, Skype,  etc.
  7. Use off-the-shelf software solutions
  8. Realize you are an information marketing business
  9. Focus on direct response marketing only
  10. Commit to becoming a business owner and not just an operator.

 “Great business owners get rich. Great business operators just get tired.”
Keith Cunningham

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3 thoughts on “#066: How to Run a Virtual Company [Podcast]

  1. Hi Ray, great podcast as usual! I totally feel what you were saying in the spiritual foundations – after travelling 191 days this last year I was pretty run down some days and definitely needed to recalibrate and turn to Jesus.

    I wanted to share a quick tip for you and your readers… Evernote now have scanning built right into their iPad and iPhone apps. So rather than having to email a PDF/jpg to yourself then sort it on your laptop you can just quickly scan with Evernote and its sorted away in there (I’m just assuming that everyone uses Evernote because they should) Evernote also runs OCR on all images so your scanned image will be text searchable to make it really easy to find again too.

    Bless you my friend!

    • Phil, thanks so much for that tip about Evernote. This probably just demonstrates exactly how jet-lagged I was when I recorded this podcast, because I am an enthusiastic Evernote user. When I read your comment, I smacked my forehead and said, “Of course Evernote has scanning capabilities!” And yes, that was a “forehead smack of blessing”. 🙂 Thank you so much for your encouragement, Phil. I appreciate you, and pray for you and your wife constantly.