How to Use Super-Mobility to Beat Your Competition!

by Chris C. Ducker · 17 comments

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So, over the last few weeks you’ve seen a few videos featuring myself and Dan Andrews, of TropicalMBA.com fame, talking about the VBL Core4 concepts… Namely, Entrepreneurship, Passive Income, Outsourcing, and now today we tackle the final subject of Super Mobility.

This is something that Dan is crazy about, and I have to say, he leads a much more mobile lifestyle than I do – but, then again, he doesn’t have 250 people working for him, and a family to keep him a little more grounded then I, either! :-)

What Dan does so brilliantly in regards to the super mobility factor of the Virtual Business Lifestyle is truly… LIVE IT.

Super Mobility

In todays final clip we discuss:

  • The countless excuses of why people don’t escape their businesses.
  • Why ‘super mobility’ is more a mindset than anything else.
  • How I look at travel, and how I make the most out of my overseas trips.
  • Dan’s top 3 tools that he uses to get and stay mobile.
  • Dan’s packing concept for business on the go.
  • Why Dan’s outlook on whats ‘meaningful for his business’, and whats required.
  • Lots more great entrepreneurial chit-chat..!

When we started this video series, I never thought that it would create such a huge amount of positive feedback. To everyone that has commented, hit the ReTweet buttons or Shared / Liked any of the posts on Facebook, thank you. Your support has been greatly appreciated.

I’d love for you to tell us all about YOUR mobility tips, too. Software, devices, strategies – nothing is off limits. Please share your knowledge below in the comment section, help each other and lets close this 4-part series with a BANG!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle Dale, Virtual Miss Friday May 31, 2011 at 01:37

Cool, liked the Gmail joke lol.

I must admit I went away for 10 days this month ‘hoping’ to be super super mobile and just took my iPad (I mean for work, of course I took clothes and a toothbrush too), I found that it’s not possible to run my business only on an iPad, doh… – well, you learn something new everyday… I had to borrow someone’s laptop 3 times, but at least I tried.

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Chris C. Ducker May 31, 2011 at 02:08

Hi Michelle

This doesnt surprise me. I also tried this out myself, and had the same issue.

I think if I really, REALLY got involved with Google Docs (I only use it lightly, believe it or not), I might be able to do more. But, the bottom line is that a laptop gets the job down QUICKER for me 9/10. And when I’m away, I don’t want to be tapping on a little screen for hours on end to get a bit of work done.

For the long weekend… iPad all the way. For everything else… There’s Mastercard – Er, hang on. Wrong voice in my head.

Anyway, you get the idea… :-)

C

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Howard May 31, 2011 at 02:00

I liked the idea of having a purpose or connection for each city you visit. I would like to hear more about how to develop connections in each city. For example, if I want to go to Brazil, and my life depended on getting connections there, which techniques would you use? I did not notice that http://www.meetup.com has a virtual side to it, but never tried it yet. Did you hear anything about that?

Thanks,

Howard

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Chris C. Ducker May 31, 2011 at 02:09

Hi Howard

I have used Linkedin to great success on this. But, recently Facebook and Twitter have come into play quite a bit for me, too.

Perhaps Dan can shed a few more shades of light on this topic for you, too.

Dan – over to you, buddy……..!

C

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Dan May 31, 2011 at 10:42

Hey Howard…. I’d pick a narrow topic that is interesting to entrepreneurs– taxes, finance, 5 flags, sales tips, you name it– and then build a great blog around that topic. It’s a TON of work but I’m fairly confident at this point in saying that the networking opportunities that come from it are worth it.. and it’s possible that the hustle you’d need to do on services like meetup and linkedin would take just as much time to dig up quality “leads.” There are also side benefits in that it keeps your mind sharp and people will present you with solutions to your business and conceptual problems. Before I had a blog I found it very difficult to meet interesting people on the road. Now they contact me.

The second best way would be twitter. Follow the people you admire or find interesting in the places you are going, interact with them, and share helpful information their way. For sure they’ll meet you for dinner.

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Ralph@Retirement Lifestyle May 31, 2011 at 03:45

Make a cold call! You mean you can’t do it all on line? That isn’t the usual message. Got me thinking.

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Chris C. Ducker May 31, 2011 at 04:22

Sometimes the old-fashioned way of communication for business is the best..!

LOL.

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Dan May 31, 2011 at 10:43

This “all online” attitude stops a lot of businesses before they start. Getting on the phone is the best way to start a business, still.

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Chris C. Ducker May 31, 2011 at 13:50

I couldn’t agree more with my handsome-as-always co-host…

STILL.
:-)

C

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Dedric Polite May 31, 2011 at 04:52

Dan & Chris, I am pleased you both acknowledged the importance of sales/business development/cold calling (whatever else you want to call it) in building any business. Without sales of your fantastic product/idea/service your business will go nowhere. When in doubt, pick up the phone and start selling your wares. It’s not easy to cold call, you have to deal with a lot of rejection but the confidence and intestinal fortitude it takes to cold call effectively is certainly an asset in the business world.

Disclaimer: (I have been in Sales & Marketing for most of my professional career and currently make about 70 cold calls a day to drum up new business, with moderate success. My company also generates inbound leads as well as a supplement to cold leads.)

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Chris C. Ducker May 31, 2011 at 13:50

Hi Deric

As someone thats been in the telemarketing game for two decades, I know the power behind the telephone in business. Unfortunately, as we mentioned, in our increasing ‘online’ world, a lot of people forget that TALKING is what businesses are really built on and around.

There is nothing better than getting on the phone and chatting with prospective and existing clients alike.

Thanks for the comment and your insights, too.

C

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Sarah Russell May 31, 2011 at 23:54

Mobile productivity is a new thing for me – I only just got my first smartphone about a month a half and ago! And while I don’t need to be able to run my business remotely right now (I’m still working a day job, so I’m grounded for the time being), it’s a flexibility I’d like to have in place for the future.

I actually just did an experiment a few weeks ago on what all I can do remotely via iPhone while I was on a vacation home to see my family – you can check out my goals and the results on my blog.

I’d love any other ideas on things I can do remotely via smartphone, as I’m always trying to improve :)

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Chris C. Ducker June 1, 2011 at 01:02

Glad you’ve started your adventure with mobility!

You’ll find it’s easier now than ever before, sometimes to a fault for the budding entrepreneur! :-)

Apologies for having to delete your links. I like to build a relationship with subscribers, before allowing links in comments. Hope you understand.

Welcome to the VBL Tribe!

C

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Sarah Russell June 1, 2011 at 22:11

Oh gosh – my apologies if that was inappropriate!!! Just looking for any feedback on how to use the iPhone more effectively for mobile productivity, but I completely understand :)

Thanks so much for the great content you’ve got here!

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Chris C. Ducker June 2, 2011 at 18:03

It’s no problem, Sarah.

Just a little quirk I have, thats all.

I look forward to getting to know you, and thanks for spending some time on the VBL Blog – lots more to come in the future, I hope.

C

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Hando June 6, 2011 at 06:55

I try to limit myself to Gmail :) I can see your point Chris when you say that you need business reason to go various places and you would have not gone otherwise but for me having and online business was for the reason that I would not have to go anywhere at all, no backing, no stress. I know that I probably miss out on lot of opportunities but well… Anyway, like those interviews, discussion type of videos, keep them coming.

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Chris C. Ducker June 7, 2011 at 12:48

Thanks for the comment, Hando.

I’m happy to hear that you enjoy the VBL content. Don’t worry – lots more coming, buddy.

Stay tuned.

C

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