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Posted August 21, 2013
This review covers both books as if they were one.
Take lessons in economics, plenty of commentary and studies to back up the arguments, a history of Todd Miller's own virtual business (since the 1990s!), shake them up and you have the first book. Miller wants to realize the benefits to everyone when you take your company virtual. The business can save millions of dollars every year, and he demonstrates exactly how this happens. Tons of information is shared. Sometimes I felt like it pingponged a bit, but it always came back to the basic concept that virtual companies are significantly more productive and lucrative. He provides plenty of real life examples to back this up. I know I am sold on the idea! But, I am not the one who needs to be convinced!
These books really are geared for the higher-ups in companies. While the potential for happier employees is discussed in detail, including how much more productive they can be while also saving money out of their own pockets, the option of working at home only exists if they have the job that allows for it.
Book 1 explains why you need your company to go virtual. Book 2 tells you how to do it. The first few chapters contain information that is valuable to any business - whether it is brick and mortar, or virtual. Learn how to create a proper mission statement (which really means giving up on them) and to create morale among employees. Why should they want to work for you? Then find out in detail which programs to use to make your virtual office a reality, as well as solutions to common problems, such as finding health insurance for employees across the nation. Labor laws take on slightly new definitions when working in a virtual office, and he cites experts who can explain it all to you. At times in both books, he does summarize bits and pieces of the other one. But, to fully understand both parts, you would need to read both parts.
It's a totally different way of doing business, but seems to be growing in popularity and practicality. I think these guides can give you a launching point for discussion and further research into how you would implement the concept in your own business.
I received complimentary copies of these books in exchange for my honest review.