20 Nov November 20, 2018 – Virtual Hub Barbara Turley, Creating a Freelance Career Jill L. Ferguson and US Based Virtual Services Bryan Miles
Barbara Turley – Founder and CEO of The Virtual Hub
Barbara Turley is the founder and CEO of The Virtual Hub – a virtual assistant recruitment and management agency. She scaled the company in a short 12 months to become one of the leading virtual assistant companies in the digital marketing and social media space. Her mission is to eradicate “small business overwhelm” by simplifying the offshore outsourcing process and facilitating cost-effective business scalability. Barbara and her team make this happen every day at The Virtual Hub. The company is disrupting a stale industry. Rather than doing business “the usual way,” they actually create their own virtual assistant successes (and yours) through deep training programs, ongoing career development and coaching. She also hosts The Virtual Success Show podcast.
Jill L. Ferguson is an award-winning writer, artist, business and higher education consultant, serial entrepreneur, and former professor and higher education administrator. She is the author of eight books and has written for the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Sierra Club Magazine, Architectural Digest, and more than 200 other magazines, newspapers, and websites. She is also the founder of Women’s Wellness Weekends. The number of self-employed workers has been on the rise in the U.S. since 2001 and accounts for a growing number of the working population. Following the recession, the number of self-employed workers aged 65 and above has increased. Young people are also keen to become their own bosses. Some 53 million Americans, surveys show, define themselves as freelancers. And even though self-employment (freelancing, startups, being an entrepreneur, etc.) has become more popular with the young and old, the fact is, according to Jill, the author of CREATING A FREELANCE CAREER, is that “most freelances have had to learn by trail and error.” Freelancers do all kinds of work—artistic, journalistic, technical, motivational. Despite their differences, the majority of freelancers were not trained in how to run a successful freelance business.
Bryan Miles – CEO & Co-Founder of BELAY and Author of Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore, a Manifesto
Eight years ago, Bryan and Shannon Miles saw the need for an innovative staffing model where people could work remotely from their homes. They cashed in their 401(k)s and founded BELAY – a premium staffing company. BELAY has exploded into 600+ team members, all working from home while serving BELAY’s 1,200+ clients all over the U.S. Bryan is an entrepreneur, backpacker, mountain climber, writer, husband, and father. In addition, he’s the CEO and Co-Founder of BELAY, a premium staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S. He and his wife, Shannon, are proud co-owners. Without an office, BELAY has graced the Inc. 5000 list three times and was awarded the number one spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Company Culture. Creating and fostering a healthy culture is close to Bryan’s heart. So close in fact that he is debunking the myth that cultures suffer when people don’t work in the same space with his new book, Virtual Culture: The Way We Work Doesn’t Work Anymore. This book illustrates how, with a 100% remote culture, BELAY is redefining what the workplace can look like and that it’s possible for others to create productive, profitable and growing companies that people want to work for – all without a centralized corporate facility.