The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas.
One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.
But outsourcing expert and ”Virtual CEO,” Chris Ducker knows how you can get the help you need with resources you can afford. Small business owners, consultants, and online entrepreneurs don’t have to go it alone when they discover the power of building teams of virtual employees to help run, support, and grow their businesses.
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business is the step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, Ducker explains every detail you need to grasp, from figuring out which jobs you should outsource to finding, hiring, training, motivating, and managing virtual assistants.
With additional tactics and online resources, Virtual Freedom is the ultimate resource of the knowledge and tools necessary for building your dream business with the help of virtual staff.
Table of Contents
Don’t Resign from Your Day Job Immediately
Learn from the iWriter Tutorials
Pick Only Contracts you can Deliver
Upgrade your Account
Write Top-Notch Articles to Achieve Star Status
Analyze the Cadre of your Prospective Clients
How to Make $500 Per Month as a Writer on http://iwriter.com
Chapter 1: Signing up for iWriter.com
Chapter 2: The Leveling of Writers in the iWriter Community
Chapter 3: The iWriter Fast Track Program
Chapter 4: Your First Priority When Starting Writing in iWriter without Availing the Fast Track Program
1. Choose the topics well
2. Choose simple projects with a minimum word count
3. Try putting more effort into writing
4. Choose your projects well
5. Be good and respectful to clients
Chapter 5: Maintaining a Good Reputation
1. Know your real work pacing
2. Write about topics that you are confident
3. Don’t be afraid to learn
4. Follow instructions very well
5. Don’t be afraid to fail sometimes
Chapter 6: The Advantages of Being One of the Most Prolific and Highest Rated Writers
1. You’ll gain more popularity
2. You can market yourself easily
3. You’ll get more writing request from different clients
4. You’ll have more connections
5. You can take it as a business opportunity
6. Your skills could be enhanced a thousand times
Chapter 7: Some Values and Virtues That You Need in Order to Succeed in iWriter
2. Love your work
3. Be organized
4. Take breaks
5. Reward yourself
6. Save more money
There are many avenues to make money on the internet today. Many people have found avenues through which they create revenue by affiliate marketing, blogging and guest blogging, writing content for SEO and selling content. Most of them do not necessarily have the required expertise in these areas. That is why you will find someone who trained in accounting earning his daily living through writing for a technical blog.
When you decide to quit your nine to five job for internet writing gigs, you should have the will and drive. The most important thing is to get motivated towards success. The beginning might be a bit challenging, but that is normal for any new job. With time, as you get more involved, you will be the most prolific writer that clients will be looking out for to execute their projects. The dollars will then stream in to compensate you for your hard work. There is nothing miraculous about earning even up to $2000 per month writing short articles.
For the sake of helping you chart a successful writing career, here is a step-by-step guide on how to make $500 per month writing articles for iWriter.com.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Do you want to become a freelancer or work from home. Odesk is a great place to start. You can bid on jobs all over the world. Odesk handles all the contracts and has a great search tool to allow you to put up your portfolio and go after those jobs. Step by step instructions and screen captures allow you to quickly set up your account and start working.
Table of Contents
How to make $500 per month on Odesk selling your skills
Opening an account and Making a Profile that Stands Out
Factors to Consider When Applying for Jobs
Strategies on How to Get a Job Fast
How to Take Care with Your Finances in Odesk
How to Stay Motivated While Applying for Jobs on Odesk
Outsourcing and Insourcing in an International Context is the only available text that includes coverage of the international risk factors associated with this strategy. The book presents a balanced view of the positive and negative aspects of outsourcing, and provides essential coverage of the fundamental techniques involved in any outsourcing-insourcing decision. In addition, it discusses the ethical ramifications of outsourcing for companies and governments around the world.
Each chapter includes learning objectives, discussion questions, and sample problems. An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank are available to teachers who adopt the text.
Ontology Theory, Management and Design: Advanced Tools and Models, explores the wide range of applications for ontologies, while providing a complete view of the both the theory behind the design and the problems posed by the practical development and use of ontologies. This reference presents an in-depth and forward looking analysis of current research, illustrating the importance of this field and pointing toward to the future of knowledge engineering, management and information technology.
But, are you finding the right clients and landing the right jobs? Or are you struggling to find clients that pay well and work that challenges you?
This book came about as a direct result of my success with outsourcing sites - I successfully used oDesk to quit my job in June 2012, a short 10 months after I started freelancing on the side.
There's no doubt about it, it's overwhelming when you arrive on these sites for the first time - there is so much to do to create a good profile, understand what skills tests are and what to include in your portfolio; that you can find yourself giving up pretty quick.
- How to set up your profile so that clients FIND YOU
- Skills tests and how you can use these to INCREASE your rating
- How to SET your rates to attract clients in the beginning
- How to find the RIGHT clients and ongoing work
...plus so much more!
This is the second book "How To Outsource Excessive Workload". It includes tips about how to land more projects and tactics of finding the right experts who would do the job onetime with great quality so that your clients will be happy.
This books answers to the most important questions in the realm of freelancing such as:
How Does Freelancing Work?
How to Make a Decision If you want To Become a Freelancer
How to Look for Jobs as a Freelance Carrier
How to Focus on Your Freelancing Career
Where To Advertise Freelance Business Cost effectively
Two Best Ways to Market Your Freelance Business
Using Pay Per Click Advertising To Attract A Target Audience
Hiring Expert Salesmen
How to Outsource Excessive Workload
Find the Right Group of Experts for Outsourcing
How to Answer Emails from Those who want to Work with You
How to Deal with Experts in Outsourcing Realm
Put Yourself In Their Shoes, And Believe In Yourself
How to Protect Your Money When Outsource Company Does Not Do the Job Right
How to Rid Yourself of Greedy People in Outsourcing
Finding Investors to Expand Your Freelancing and Outsourcing Business
Information is King: Know Your Competitor, Know How to Get Ahead
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Deciding to start a business can be one of the most exciting decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. Being your own boss can be an extremely fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally. However, there’s also plenty of work involved in creating a successful business enterprise. No matter what type of business you choose to start, the key is to always treat your fledgling enterprise as a professional business at all times.
Are you ready to look into some business ideas?
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Nearly half of all working Americans could risk losing their jobs because of technology. It’s not only blue-collar jobs at stake. Millions of educated knowledge workers—writers, paralegals, assistants, medical technicians—are threatened by accelerating advances in artificial intelligence.
The industrial revolution shifted workers from farms to factories. In the first era of automation, machines relieved humans of manually exhausting work. Today, Era Two of automation continues to wash across the entire services-based economy that has replaced jobs in agriculture and manufacturing. Era Three, and the rise of AI, is dawning. Smart computers are demonstrating they are capable of making better decisions than humans. Brilliant technologies can now decide, learn, predict, and even comprehend much faster and more accurately than the human brain, and their progress is accelerating. Where will this leave lawyers, nurses, teachers, and editors?
In Only Humans Need Apply, Thomas Hayes Davenport and Julia Kirby reframe the conversation about automation, arguing that the future of increased productivity and business success isn’t either human or machine. It’s both. The key is augmentation, utilizing technology to help humans work better, smarter, and faster. Instead of viewing these machines as competitive interlopers, we can see them as partners and collaborators in creative problem solving as we move into the next era. The choice is ours.
In Out of Sight, Erik Loomis—a historian of both the labor and environmental movements—follows the thread that runs from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York in 1911 to the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, in 2013. The truth is that our systems of industrial production today are just as dirty and abusive as they were during the depths of the industrial revolution and the Gilded Age, but the ugly side of manufacturing is now hidden in faraway places where workers are most vulnerable.
Today, American capitalists threaten that any environmental regulations will drive up the cost of production and force them to relocate our jobs to a country where they don’t face such laws and can re-create their toxic work conditions. It wasn’t always like this. In his insightful book, Loomis shows that the great environmental victories of twentieth-century America—the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the EPA—were actually union victories. This history is a call to action: when we fight for our planet, we fight for our own dignity as workers and citizens.
VenturePact has worked on over one hundred software projects. Along the way, we have learned many lessons.
This eBook is a brief culmination of our experiences with global software projects including large scale ERPs, Google Glass apps, innovative websites and mobile applications.
In this guide, you will learn how to:
Decide whether outsourcing is right for you
Select and compare developers
Setup contracts with developers
Avoid common outsourcing pitfalls
-How to make more money as a freelancer
-Tips on solving any freelance problems effectively
-Advantage of branding: How to brand your freelancer business
-How to double your earning
-How to land a job as a freelancer
-How to follow up with a client
-How to estimate pricing on your work
-How to outsource your project
-How to earn profit from your freelance business
-Recognizing problem clients and dealing with disputes
-How to avoid pitfalls in your project
-How to optimize your return on investment
and much more.
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Managing Global Supply Chain Relationships: Operations, Strategies and Practices focuses on issues related to relationships among members of global supply chains. This comprehensive work addresses three important aspects of global supply chain relationships: supply chain integration and collaboration; outsourcing and offshoring of production; and recent growth in supplier networks.
Outsourcing and Offshoring of Professional Services: Business Optimization in a Global Economy discusses the considerations and implications surrounding the outsourcing and offshoring of professional services, such as software development computer-aided design, and healthcare, from multiple global perspectives. This Premier Reference Source, offering industry professionals, policymakers, students, and educators with a balance between a broad overview and detailed analysis of offshore outsourcing, is an invaluable addition to academic, research, and corporate libraries.This publication includes a foreward by Lester C. Thurow, Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Professor of Management and Economics and Former Dean, MIT Sloan School of Management.
Based on the authors' deep understanding of the evolution of ITO and BPO, and their experiences of sourcing LSO, The Rise of Legal Services Outsourcing addresses the transformation of legal work, LSO strategy, provider selection and contractual governance, as well as predicting the trends that will come to shape the LSO market.
This completely revised edition presents the latest theory, research and practice in this fast changing field. With a range of case studies from outsourcing companies across the globe, the book offers a strong grounding in real-world industrial experience and keeps abreast of the most important developments in the field. The book provides expanded coverage of issues such as offshoring, multi-sourcing, business process outsourcing and the spread of offshoring to countries such as China and Russia. Uniquely, this book focuses on both sides of the outsourcing relationship, providing a balanced exploration of the ways in which these partnerships can be managed successfully.
Accessible and cutting-edge, the second edition of Managing IT Outsourcing provides an in-depth, practical perspective on this important and far-reaching challenge in information management. It is an ideal text for students, academics and practitioners alike.
Jason Jaye is the VP of engineering at ShapeShift, a start-up in Silicon Valley developing cutting-edge fitness technology. When his CEO drops a bombshell that software development for their next product will have to be outsourced, Jason is certain that the product and the company (not to mention he, himself) are doomed. After all, everyone in the Valley knows that outsourcing software development usually equals disaster.
Nevertheless, the fate of ShapeShift rests on Jason’s ability to navigate a safe path through uncharted waters. Enter Patrick Delaney, an eccentric, world-traveling outsourcing expert who offers Jason a compass to guide his way: the Seven Keys of Software Outsourcing, a plan for how to successfully select and work with the right global software outsourcing partner. Will Jason help his company meet its goals and bring its exciting new product to market on time? Or will the pitfalls of outsourcing software development swallow him whole before he gets the chance?
Through engaging storytelling, Mezak and Hilliard reveal the secrets of how to choose a software outsourcing partner that:
* Fits your technical requirements and company culture, for optimal results
* Delivers a quality product, at tremendous cost savings, within the needed time frame
* Improves your innovation by leveraging the broader expertise of an offshore team
Outsource or Else! offers useful, practical advice for tech leaders who want to capitalize on the many benefits of outsourcing software development—and push their businesses to extraordinary new levels of success.
Despite this size and spread, BPO services and the ability of clients to manage their providers, are still evolving and have a mixed record. In the course of their research, the authors have found only 20% of outsourcing arrangements are world-class performers. A further 25% are 'good', 40% are 'OK' and 15% are 'poor'.
This book pinpoints and describes in detail the effective practices that characterize the top global BPO performers, including Microsoft, BP, EMC and TalkTalk. The authors provide case illustrations and examples throughout of how world-class practices were generated and evolved, and how they can be applied to real life settings and problem areas.
Drawing upon two decades of action research experience in two leading Indian IT firms, the author, through a narrative-reflexive inquiry, argues that the current crisis is not because leaders lacked foresight or business acumen. Instead, it is the limitation of mainstream managerial thought in dealing with the complexity of human interaction in global IT service networks that has reduced the pursuit of higher level capabilities such as consulting, service design and innovation to nothing.
To help correct the situation, the book makes a startlingly obvious yet counter-intuitive suggestion: it exhorts managers and employees to pay attention to the small differences that emerge in ordinary day-to-day workplace interactions among people, i.e., the micro-politics of everyday work.
This complete summary of the ideas from Jeff Howe's book "Crowdsourcing" explains that “crowdsourcing” is the act of taking a task traditionally performed by a designated agent (such as an employee or a contractor) and outsourcing it by making an open call to an undefined but large group of people. In fact, crowdsourcing allows the power of the crowd to accomplish tasks that were once the province of just a specialised few. Or to put it another way, crowdsourcing is to take the principles which have worked for open source software projects and apply them right across the entire spectrum of the business world.
Added-value of this book:
• Save time
• Understand the key concepts
• Increase your business knowledge
To learn more, read "Crowdsourcing" and discover why the power of the crowd is driving the future of business.
This complete summary of "Exporting America" by Lou Dobbs, a well-known American media personality, presents his argument that corporate America has endangered the economy and the American dream by exporting white-collar jobs.
Added-value of this summary:
• Save time
• Understand how American corporations have outsourced jobs
• Expand your knowledge of American economics and geopolitics
To learn more, read "Exporting America" and discover how corporate America has outsourced jobs and endangered the American dream.
Covering both conceptual and theoretical frameworks in performance management and budget, the book analyzes the effectiveness of different approaches. Featuring insights from a group of distinguished contributors, it ties current performance management approaches into the century-old literature on public sector reform and management, and presents arguments for and against performance management as well as recommendations on how to improve the enterprise.
Included in the volume are an exhaustive listing of those CROs in the (drug and device) safety evaluation sector and their contact information and capabilities, and extensive similar listing for the other types of contract service providers. Also included are guidances on how to monitor ongoing work at contract facilities and audit check lists for GLP, GMP and GCP facilities. These listings are international in scope, and a specific chapter addresses working with some of the newer international CROs.
Being a freelancer in any discipline has explosive financial rewards, if done properly. This is unlike working for someone else who profits from your hard work. The more work you complete, the greater the revenue you will receive.
This is one of the advantages of completing outsource work for a client; you get to keep the entire payment for the work you did. Most freelance experts charge less than many of the companies that do the same type of work. The reasons your profits will be greater than companies that are competing against you for this outsource work is simple—your overheads are less.
Facts about getting the higher profit from your small business are pretty basic. The higher your prices are above the product cost, the greater the profits will be, but also the fewer the sales. This is a carefully walked tightrope. For the most part, the market will dictate the price you will be able to sell your product or services for. In the beginning, the lower price is what will attract new customers. Customers are willing to try out a new vendor if the price is right. This avenue of marketing will lead to lower profit per item, but will make up the profit in the volume you will be selling.
In this book I walk you through tried and true processes within the freelance and outsourcing realm. You will learn how to start, find customers, choosing price, follow ups, outsourcing and keeping record of your business. Making money online requires applying some tactics, having discipline and becoming successful in freelancing.
Starting your freelancing business
Everything you need to know about making money online
The role of 80/20 Pareto Principle
Increase in projects
Increase in return on investment ( ROI)