Keys to Delegating Decision-Making

Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided. ~Anthony Robbins Making a decision is all well and good, but the action required to follow through is where the rubber meets the road. For some, the hardest part is in making the … Continue reading

West Coast Way’s Vision for Working in the 21st Century

Virtual Worker – a qualified business professional working from a remote location (usually a home-based office), providing temporary or ongoing business administration & executive support or project management services on a contract basis. Virtual Workers offer services including: office administration, project/operational management, graphic & web design, writing, research, legal secretarial, transcription, event planning, and specialized … Continue reading

Top 5 Tips to Become a Virtual Worker ~ Part III – 2010 Virtual Workforce Series

For students paying their way through school, those graduating with little to no work experience, or anyone else interested in the challenging virtual workforce industry, I’ve compiled a list of five important considerations.

Environmental Benefits of a Virtual Workforce ~ Part II – 2010 Virtual Workforce Series

In Part I of my 2010 Virtual Workforce Series, I discussed how Virtual Workforces Provide Solutions to Typical Telework Challenges. This post continues that series with information about environmental benefits of a virtual workforce. With the global celebration of Earth Day just yesterday, timing for this post seems appropriate. One of the most topical and … Continue reading

The Benefits of Working with a Virtual Independent Contractor

I am pleased to introduce our newest guest Blogger, Pamela Hilliard Owens, M.Ed., of Writing It Right for You. Please enjoy her first contribution to WestCoastWay’s Blog. _____________________________________________________________________ Today’s traditional workforce is undergoing major changes. The 19th and 20th century model of leaving home to “go to work” in an office or manufacturing plant is … Continue reading

Virtual Global Teamwork

What does it take to establish and maintain effective, virtual teamwork with today’s “alternative work movement”? With the nostalgia of water cooler chat now a thing of the past for so many, how do virtual managers and workers build a team with cohesive vision, real understanding of context and open, friendly camaraderie? Beyond all the … Continue reading

Daylight Saving(s) Wreaks Havoc in Personal and Business Lives

I don’t like it. There, I said it. I think Daylight Saving(s) Time (DST) is an antiquated as well as controversial practice first proposed in 1895. This same year the second attempt at granting women the right to vote was on June 5, when the vote was taken on Nicholas Davin’s resolution calling for women … Continue reading

Virtual Workforce Tip #4: Virtual Worker Personalities

Not all personalities are suited to working from remote locations as a virtual worker… After 10 years of working virtually as well as hiring virtual workers under contract, I’ve learned a few lessons about the importance of having the ‘right’ personality to be a virtual worker. There are people who may have decades of experience … Continue reading

Virtual Workforces Provide Solutions to Typical Telework Challenges

Even the Government of Canada supports a virtual workforce; of course, they call it teleworking. In a 2007 study, they looked at the benefits and challenges of having employees work remotely. Benefits gathered from a corporate employee study included: Productivity has increased by an estimated 15% among teleworkers, with 94% of them reporting 15% to … Continue reading

Virtual Workers take Telework to the Next Level

Teleworking and virtual working is not necessarily the same thing. Generally, a teleworker is still an employee of a company working from a remote location—usually a home office. As an employee, the company remains responsible for all current staff-related costs as well as additional costs to support the remote working location. As most already know, … Continue reading