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Reflection – an essential part of your business strategy

The end of a year always has us feeling conflicted. Upon reflection, for many it may be a welcome sight, especially if it’s been a difficult year. For others, it’s a chance to celebrate achievements and ramp up activity and clarity on goals, before the new year...

Give yourself the gift of space over the festive period

As we’re now into December, I think it’s safe to say, we’re officially into the festive period. For many, it’s the opportunity to buy gifts for, and spend time with, loved ones. We want to show our love and appreciation for the people who are closest to us, by giving...

Benefits of networking with other Virtual Assistants

Networking is something every business needs to be doing, if they want their business to grow. And this is no different for Virtual Assistants. Not only does networking give you the opportunity to increase your client base, it also gives you the chance to raise your...

A Day in the Life of… Penny Redman

Recently I exhibited at the Mums Enterprise Roadshow in Birmingham, these events have been organised to be a child-friendly, work and business exhibition helping mums on a mission whether that be retraining, finding flexible work, starting up or growing a business....

10 signs you’re ready to invest in working with a VA

There comes a time when you just know, you can’t do it all on your own. It’s time to hand over some of your workload to a Virtual Assistant. But how do you know when you’ve reached that stage? Here’s 10 signs that you’re ready to invest in a Virtual Assistant. If you...

Should you send Christmas cards and gifts to your clients?

Christmas is the time of year when we want to show our appreciation to our most loyal clients. Whether we decide to throw a Christmas soiree or send out a card or two, a bouquet of flowers and bottle of wine, it seems like a great idea at the time. However, when it...

Has the art of saying thank you died, in a world of social media?

Social media has made us an impatient lot of people. We want instant results and instant interaction and we want it now! For many, the issue is one of simple impatience and unjustified expectation. For others, it comes down to general bad manners; where the social...

Social media etiquette – what not to do on social media

Social media is an essential business tool for any online business. With the average person spending over 2 hours a day on social media, it’s understandable that businesses want to go where their potential clients are. And that’s great – if what you’re doing on those...

To share or not to share on social media?

I recently read an interesting post on the top things not to share on social media (you can find the original article here) and it got me thinking. How many of us are guilty of posting or sharing things that, on reflection, were better left unshared or unsaid? So, I...

7 time saving tips for social media content creation

Social media is an essential part of everyday business life now, but creating that content can be a real drain on your available time. It’s therefore, so important to have a strategy in place to make that creation more efficient and streamlined. Here’s 7 tips to save...

Brand consistency on social media

Brand recognition is something we all aspire to achieve on social media. However, for many, business branding simply means having a pretty logo, when in reality, it’s so much more than that! To get brand consistency going, you need to begin, by understanding what...

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Jennifer Corcoran
I recently completed The Social Media Manager Success Plan with Amanda and greatly enjoyed it. I'm also a member of the VA Help Desk and Amanda provides a wealth of information, knowledge and expertise for Virtual Assistants. You feel in very safe hands which is invaluable!
Rachael Cook
Easily one of the best business decisions I have ever made was to book a discovery call with Amanda. By listening and asking the right questions, she helped me to identify where my focus needed to be in order to make my future VA business a success. You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain - don't delay book a discovery call today!
Louisa Stewart
Amanda and I started collaborating at a key time in my business. I needed guidance and support and Amanda was perfect for me, with her experiences and approach suiting me very well. I joined the 1:2:1 mentoring programme and learned so much from Amanda who gave me confidence and direction to build my business. I am very happy to recommend Amanda to other VAs and business owners who are transitioning and are looking for expert guidance. Thanks to Amanda for also introducing me to the 'Go-Giver' approach to business.
Alex Platt
I trained with VACT on the Mastery Course before setting up my business. I left the 2 days feeling inspired and excited to start the journey of building my business. Each module covered a different part of turning your PA skills to VA skills and at the end of the course I was left with my "business bible" that was constantly referred to throughout the first couple of years I was trading - I still check it now and again now! Amanda has continued to be a constant source or support and guidance throughout my journey in business and is to go-to person when I am stuck or need help. Her experience running her VA business means she can speak directly from the heart on all matters of running a successful VA business - from hiring to firing clients! I would recommend anyone at least signs up for Amanda's freebie and joins her Facebook group - VA Help Desk, but if possible start a course - you won't regret it! *Awesome Amanda*
Joanna Marat
I contacted Amanda when I decided to set up a VA business. During our discussions she was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was also apparent that she knew the industry very well.  I find Amanda very approachable, and is always happy to help. With Amanda's advice, I have been able to now set up my business correctly.  Thank you Amanda.
Judith Andrews
I signed up to Amanda's training after discovering I could do possibly do the job I love on a self-employed basis. The training that VACT offer is thorough, detailed and challenging and focuses on running a successful VA business. Amanda herself is an incredibly generous and supportive trainer and mentor. I wouldn't have my own successful business without the training of VACT or Amanda's ongoing support and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to take the step of setting up their own VA business.
Louise Mackie
Completing the Kick Start Course has been the best investment for my business. When I started I thought I had an idea of the clients I wanted to work with and how I wanted to structure my business and how I would market my business. All of this has now completely changed thanks to everything I have learnt. Amanda has taught me so much that I hadn't and wouldn't have considered on my own. I have grown so much since starting this course and I am certain I can now make a success of my VA business which would have certainly failed if I hadn't have met Amanda. If anyone is considering training with Amanda at VACT - DO IT!
June Whiteman
Working with Amanda on my journey to becoming a Virtual Assistant has provided me with a safe place to learn and grow. She is well informed and has a wonderful network of contacts who are willing to share their knowledge and expertise. Amanda coaches from a place of understanding and is professional to the core.  Thank you for your support Amanda, it has been a privilege working with you and I look forward to maintaining contact through your mentoring programme.
Kimberley Miller
I would recommend any VA to speak with Amanda. I booked into one of Amanda's discovery calls having first met her at the VA show in London a few weeks ago. Amanda is extremely helpful, and shows a real interest in what you do. It is refreshing to bounce off ideas and gain Amanda’s valuable thoughts. Working alone as a freelancer means you need people like Amanda in your life who give you straight talking and effective advice, and speaking to Amanda who has gained a lot of industry experience and knowledge is an added bonus. Talking to Amanda for 30 minutes has re-focused my mind on which direction I'm going to take my VA business and focus on what I do best – recruitment. I truly hope to be in touch with Amanda again as my business grows further so I can benefit from her 1-2-1 mentoring.
Lucy Tipler
I would highly recommend Amanda as the best VA trainer I have come across. Her generosity with her time those she supports, but also even to those VAs unable to attend her courses, is extraordinary and really helps you feel championed along the way when things get tough or when you need experienced guidance to help you make decisions. She shares her knowledge unconditionally and is an excellent example of what many VA's could aspire to be. I would highly recommend working with Amanda.
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Sandy Hearn
Amanda is truly awesome! I have known of Amanda for many years before I made the decision to join her 1:1 mentoring. After a few conversations where she shared her advice so freely, it was a no brainer that Elite PA Solutions would benefit from having her in our corner. Six months in and it's not a decision I have doubted - not once. Amanda is supportive, pushes me to think outside my comfort zone and given me the courage to 'just do it'. This year, I have started building a 'small top notch' team of virtual PAs who are now working successfully with Elite PA Solutions clients. Amanda's held me accountable and reminded me that 'doing' everything singlehanded is not growing my business. She's brilliant, calming and understanding of personal issues that do crop up and push you back at times. Highly recommend.
Rachel Torretti
I recently graduated from Amanda’s Kick Start Your VA Business after I decided to set up my own VA business, and I am so pleased I did! Having 20+ years of experience is one thing, but this well-structured course guided me through areas of setting up as a VA and forming my own business, to social media and how to handle clients. The course made me reflect, challenge and concentrate on areas I might not have considered, or might have overlooked, if I had started my business on my own. The webinars and opportunities to meet and communicate with other VAs inspired me. It is no surprise to those who know Amanda that she is an award winning business woman and VA training provider of the year. Even after graduating from the course Amanda is still in touch with advice and guidance as I transition, which I am so very grateful for. To anyone wanting to travel the VA journey your first step should be to make contact with Amanda. *Awesome*
Penny Redman
The best decision I have made in my Virtual Assistant business to date is engaging with Amanda through her VA Help Desk Programme. The support and training I have received have been 1st class. In the two months I have been a member of the Help Desk I have doubled my business and stopped worrying about every decision I make. Now I feel confident and able to take on new challenges which a few months ago seemed impossible. I'm looking forward to working more closely with Amanda in the future as my business grows. I would thoroughly recommend her services if you want to either get started as a VA or take your VA business to the next level.
Claudia Adams
In life, you're sometimes lucky enough to get to know someone who is going to mean an awful lot to you AND the future of your business. Amanda is that someone, she's my kind of people! Passionate, thought provoker, creative, practical, firestarter, she's always there for you and has amazing tips and advice, personally and professionally. Amanda's approach to VA training and coaching is clear and concise, along with showing you how to structure, market and run your own VA company. Having recently graduated, I couldn't be happier with the journey we took together. Thanks again for everything Amanda, you're a great coach and mentor.
Catherine Blackwood

"I'm delighted that I came across VACT and Amanda Johnson, the training and support which Amanda provides is superb, it has been an invaluable resource in helping me set up and grow my VA business. From our initial contact when I enquired about the VACT training courses, to graduating, Amanda has been a great support, always happy to help, warm & friendly in everything that she does. Amanda's knowledge of the VA industry is outstanding, she's well respected, and that's not just limited to the VA community. It's been a pleasure working with Amanda, and if you are thinking of embarking on your own VA business, you should definitely have a conversation with her!"

Denise Clarity
Amanda Johnson is a wealth of knowledge and support. Luckily for the rest of us, she loves to share this knowledge! During our coaching session, I felt that my passions were her passions, too. She helped me to focus my energy to meet my goals much faster than I would have accomplished on my own.
Stella Gooch
Amanda has a No Nonsense Style of mentoring which is firm when needed and relaxed when needed. Being at the helm of your own business is a lonely place and sometimes you lose clarity. Working with Amanda has helped me to go forward and to find clarity.
Steve Clarke
A consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Right from the word go Amanda took the initiative to understand my business and my requirements - more than that... she took time to understand me and my values. I rely heavily on Amanda to keep track of my events and diary. She manages a never ending task list for me and helps bring things in on time. I'd continue heaping praise on her for her support skills, but can't afford to lose her - to you. Maybe the next best thing would be your own VA from her VA training program."
Lynsey Cowan
Amanda has offered invaluable support to me over the past few months, providing me with mentoring advice and, at times, just there to lend an ear on business ideas and also personally. Her honesty and wide range of VA knowledge has been a huge help to me and therefore truly grateful for her support. If you are thinking of setting up a VA business, I would highly recommend getting in touch with Amanda or booking yourself on one of her courses, you honestly won't look back!
Clare Farthing
Wow, what a fabulous 2 days, as part of the VA Mastery Course, I have just had! Top tips, skills, setting of short and long term goals, meeting fabulous ladies all setting up their own Virtual Assistant businesses. The support from the trainer, Amanda Johnson is amazing. This course has been invaluable to realise what is involved in setting up a business and to guide me. For me, the CPD accreditation is a must, for any serious VA business. Thank you and looking forward to following everyone?s journey.
Tina Skilton, Layfield’s Virtual Office Support
Who knew, when I discovered Amanda Johnson and the VACT just a few months ago, what a journey I was about to embark upon. I may have been a very experienced EA but I knew little about managing clients or marketing my own business as a VA. Training with Amanda has been inspirational. She motivates, is incredibly supportive and is tireless in her pursuit of students' success! I am so glad I became part of this unique group. Huge thanks Amanda!
Sarah Clewes
Thank you! The course has been brilliant to provide a structured approach to life as a VA, target marketing (your perfect client can only be found in a number of places!) and sharing tips and advice along the way. Amanda Johnson is an amazing role model and a great trainer too!
Tina Skilton
Layfield
I'm in the early stages of my VA journey and study with the VACT but I thoroughly recommend joining. Amanda is there for me and all the members every step of the way. She prompts us without being pushy and motivates us when we flag. Amanda is incredibly supportive and she is tireless in her pursuit of our success! I am so glad I joined the VACT and became part of this unique group.
Barbara Moorer
I can categorically state that without the VA Mastery Course and the encouragement of the VACT, I would have fumbled my way through starting my VA business. The content, training, methodology, the tools and the support provided will give you the boost and confidence you need to get your VA business off the ground.
Barbara Marsh
VA Taster Session, 2014, Bournemouth: I attended a recent VA taster session which Amanda held at a local hotel. From the very beginning of booking on-line to meeting up Amanda made everything so easy. The session took place over four hours and although we had an agenda the group session was very fluid and we spoke about things that concerned us becoming a VA with Amanda giving us her expert advice. At the end of the session Amanda very briefly spoke about the training courses she runs but there was no sales pitch or pressure to book onto future courses. In fact I have booked onto the further training courses and really feel that I am on my way to becoming a successful VA.
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Sofia Freijeiro-Armitage
Having just graduated from the VA Mastery Course with VACT, I wanted to say a big thank you to Amanda Johnson for her patience and understanding. Amanda offers group webinars which are a really valuable resource, along with support throughout each of the 12 modules. She clearly has passion and expertise to help others who have the desire to become outstanding VA's. For anyone thinking of becoming a VA then I'd recommend you start with Amanda at VACT
Angela Clark
I decided to enrol on the Mastery Course and this was definitely the best thing I could have done. I have been given tools to set up and manage my business that I don't think I would have found anywhere else. With the support offered, you always have somewhere to turn when you are unsure or need clarification.
Ella Pickard
Hey! THANK YOU! I took a random punt to go to Olympia and could not be more delighted that I met you at VACT stand. Your advice and direction is exceptional. I have thoroughly enjoyed the contact and support that I have had from you.
Julia Roberts
I cannot thank Amanda and VACT enough for all the help, guidance, support and much more that I have received throughout my training. I honestly don't think I could have launched my business without it. This training is absolutely exceptional, and when I am talking to potential new Clients they are always extremely interested and impressed when I tell them about the support we receive. I would urge anyone who is interested in becoming a VA to talk to Amanda, and to sign up now, you won't regret it I promise.
Tanya Daye
I chose Amanda to be my mentor. She has a vast amount of experience and knowledge about the Virtual Assistant world. She delivers her advice in a caring, yet no nonsense attitude. I always felt she is with me 100% in helping me to reach my goals. She was available on the phone, via email, via Linkedin or via Facebook. Every communication channel was open! I wouldn't hesitate for a second in recommending her services to aspiring Virtual Assistants or those that have been in business for years. Mentoring from Amanda enables you to drive your Virtual Assistant business forward, avoid unnecessary mistakes and realise your full potential. Thank you Amanda
Sarah McLellan
In 2 hours sitting with Amanda, I learnt more about LinkedIn than I have in the previous 2 years of struggling to come to grips with it. Amanda was well prepared, she was very knowledgeable and the information she shared was relevant and easy to understand. Thank you Amanda for all your help. 
Sara Field
Amanda has provided an extremely comprehensive and enjoyable Social Media for Business training package for me. With deep specialist knowledge and patience, Amanda tailored and delivered the course paying particular attention to the areas I was most interested in gaining a thorough understanding of. Thank you so much.
Lynn Hillston
I've just finished a great taster session with Amanda on Starting a VA business. It was well structured, informative and I came away feeling energised and full of excitement for my new career path! Amanda is a positive trainer, tuned in to her audience, and is approachable and engaged. Any questions I had were welcomed and answered with knowledge and examples. She is good at teasing out your strengths and areas in which you might specialise in order to differentiate yourself. I was given some good guidelines for moving ahead and the opportunity for more targeted training should I wish to extend my training. I would heartily recommend anyone thinking of starting down the VA path to invest a few hours with Amanda - well worth the time!
Penny Kift
Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire
I'd like to thank Amanda for her invaluable advice and guidance on the world of a VA. Whilst it was not something that I decided to pursue at that time, if my circumstances changed again I would certainly consider a role as a VA. Amanda offers a number of training courses to guide you through and I would certainly consider taking one to get me started. Thanks again Amanda.
Susanne Earl
You've got nothing to lose and everything to gain from a discovery call with Amanda. She helps you put everything into prospective so you can decide what's right for you. I wouldn't hesitate recommending having a discovery call.
Trish McFarlane
Aberdeen
I would like to thank Amanda for her generous advice and guidance which is so freely given. Amanda's passion for training and supporting virtual assistants comes through in her webinars, giving so generously of her time, experience and wisdom. I would highly recommend Amanda if you are thinking of becoming a virtual assistant.

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