SYS 152: Turning Crisis into Success – Achieving Location and Time Freedom To Support My Family, The Expat Property Story Interview

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🎙 Steve Day shares his journey and the reasons behind his passion for systemisation and remote working, emphasizing his pursuit of location and time freedom. He discusses the challenges he faced when he moved to Stockholm and had to figure out how to support his UK property portfolio from a distance.

Driven by the desire to have more time with his family and live a location-independent lifestyle, he delves into the creation of his DIDACT Framework, which solves the problems he encountered when working with virtual assistants.

Additionally, he emphasises the importance of empowering team members and shares insights on the hiring process, highlighting the need for a structured approach to attract and select suitable candidates.

KEY TAKEAWAYS – Achieving Location and Time Freedom

  • The importance of understanding one’s values: Steve shares how understanding his values helped him decide to transition from medicine to remote work and prioritize his family.
  • The DIDACT System, which stands for Description, Inputs, Deliverables, Access, Checks, and Time, helps effectively delegate tasks and, consequently, ensures they are done correctly.
  • The RED method, which stands for Record, Explain, and DIDACT, is a practical approach to systemizing tasks. By recording oneself explaining a task, delegating and creating operation manuals become easier.
  • Empowering team members: Dr. Steve Day emphasizes the importance of empowering team members regardless of their location. Team members can feel motivated and valued by providing opportunities for growth, learning, and valuable skills.
  • Improving the hiring process: Dr. Steve Day shares the importance of having a structured and thorough hiring process. By attracting the right candidates, testing their skills, and additionally, conducting recorded interviews, businesses can make more informed hiring decisions and reduce turnover.

BEST MOMENTS – Achieving Location and Time Freedom

4:51- 💬 “I read loads of different books about finding your way and values and all the rest of that. And eventually landed on his conversation with Dr. Demartini.” – Steve

10:04- 💬 “DIDACT was one of the first real effective systems I ever created… It was a solution to six major problems that I had when I was working with my first ever sort of virtual assistant.” – Steve

16:38- 💬 “The biggest reason small business owners, especially solopreneurs, don’t take this leap of faith and either hire their first assistant is because they think they need to get systemized before they hire.” – Steve

28:04- 💬 “So, when you’re hiring people and giving them an opportunity to work for a UK-based company… You can offer them a really good wage as well. You can offer them the ability to learn an industry in a country where other people need people with that expertise.” – Steve

30:13- 💬 “I wish in the early days, I put more effort into the hiring process… The problem with that is you’re then comparing apples and pears. No two CVs are similar enough to actually have any true comparison objective opinion on.” – Steve

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TIMESTAMPED OVERVIEW – Achieving Location and Time Freedom

06:28 Valuing business over family and health.

09:38 Effective system solving 6 problems in business.

10:22 Clear instructions and understanding consequences increase productivity.

16:01 Reasons why solopreneurs don’t hire assistants: systemise, no systems, work falls back on the owner. Proposed solution: RED method – record, explain, DIDACT.

17:05 Creating operation manuals made easier with DoIT.

22:45 Brand guidelines, style guidelines, bio, photos. Feed information to create personalised content.

24:29 Track your time to prioritise and succeed.

27:30 Good work-life balance, valuable skills, high status.

32:19 A Rigorous process ensures candidates meet requirements.

36:08 Passwords shareable, assume visible; use u and a technique, change important ones.

37:02 Easy password management solution for company efficiency.

41:08 Takeaways: prioritise tasks, efficient recruitment, handy acronyms.


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About Steve Day

Steve used to be a slave to his business, but when he moved to Sweden in 2015, he was forced to change how he worked. He switched to running his businesses remotely. After totally nailing this concept, he spent his time helping other small business owners do the same. Steve’s been investing in property since 2002, has a degree in Computing, and worked as a doctor in the NHS before quitting to focus full-time on sharing his systems and outsourcing Methodology with the world. He now lives in Sweden and runs his UK-based businesses remotely with the help of his team of Filipino and UK-based Virtual Assistants.

Most business owners are overwhelmed because they don’t know how to create systems or get the right help.

Our systems and outsourcing Courses and coaching programme will help you automate your business and work effectively with affordable virtual assistants. That way, you will stop feeling overwhelmed and start making more money.


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About the Author

Since 2016, Steve has helped hundreds of business owners to systemise their businesses and outsource their work. In doing so, he has helped them regain control of their lives and create the businesses they set out to build.

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