Praise for our Training Courses and Mentoring
There are a large number of testimonials to view here but I hope that they might give you a flavour of what it is like to work with us on the various courses we offer.
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Amanda is the “Go-To” for any aspiring Virtual Assistant. She is no-nonsense and will give a kick up the rear when it’s needed, but she is also an absolute gold mine of information and resources and I have never known her stumped or phased by any question I have thrown at her! Her VA Mastery course is, in my opinion, the best available and I would recommend to anyone considering a career as a VA, to start with Amanda’s course. Amanda has helped me immeasurably with my business growth and I continue to work with her as I start to reap the benefits of all of her great advice and knowledge. Thanks, Amanda.
Amanda has been an amazing support in my business journey. Not only have I had the pleasure of knowing Amanda as one of my ‘super-customers’, she’s also been a mentor to me as well. Her level of VA expertise is astounding and it’s been an absolute pleasure training with both Amanda and the VACT generally. She is there to guide and support you throughout the VA journey, and Amanda is as invested in your business success as you are! I’m honoured to have this amazing woman in my corner – deciding to train under her guidance, was one of THE best business decisions I’ve ever made and I have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone who is thinking of becoming a VA – and if you’re currently a struggling VA, who need some extra support to get your business to the level of success that suits you and your family – I’d definitely recommend contacting Amanda too!
Amanda is the most knowledgeable and giving person I know. She makes me find my big girl pants when I need them and finds my smile when I have misplaced it. Not only that, I would not be where I am now without her support. I have known Amanda for a few years now (well maybe more than a few) and she has been there for me throughout. How she finds the time and energy to support the vast VA community that continues to grow I have no idea – but she does – and most importantly she does it awesomely!
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!
Signing up for the VACT Mastery Course with Amanda Johnson, was such a great decision for both me and my business. Not only has it given me a full understanding of all the steps required to set up and run a successful VA business, training with Amanda has given me the confidence, the assurance and most importantly the self-belief that I was lacking in myself that I can actually make this work. Amanda Johnson is just born to coach and mentor. She has the perfect balance of experience, knowledge, skills and ideas all delivered with energy in an innovative, relaxed and supportive way. She is however not afraid to give you a push or even a gentle but firm kick when required. If you are considering becoming a VA or are established but need some help to take your business to the next level, then I highly recommend that you check out the courses that Amanda offers at VACT. You won`t regret it. She really is quite Awesome!
Amanda’s skills, experience and ongoing support are outstanding. I enrolled in her mentoring program as I had built my VA business alone but wanted advice on scaling my business by working with a team of associates. The value of excellence provided by Amanda was AMAZING. Our regular weekly check in’s helped keep me on track with my goals and our regular 1:1 calls made me push boundaries and excel. Thank you, Amanda, for the significant contribution you offered over the past 12 months and helping my vision materialise. You are a star!
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.
When I decided to create my business and after much research I contacted Amanda to discuss her VA Mastery Course. There is no doubt it has been a long journey for me with many challenges along the way but Amanda was always there to offer support and encouragement. While I was confident in the skills, knowledge and experience I bring to my business, following Amanda’s Mastery Course has helped me build a solid foundation that will enable me to support my clients and provide them with a first class service. Amanda is an amazing coach and mentor, she has been behind me all the way through this journey and in those moments when I was all for giving up she was there offering encouragement and support. She has a no nonsense approach, tells you how it is but always gives constructive advice and feedback as well as virtual hugs when needed. If anyone is thinking about setting up their own business I strongly recommend they contact Amanda. Thank you Amanda for believing in me even when I didn’t, for your support and encouragement, I am forever in your debt.
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.
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Amanda is a fantastic trainer for anyone looking to build a new career and ultimately business within the VA industry. The course is practical and supportive with plenty of value in each piece of content. Amanda knows the sector inside and out and I personally wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her or the VA mastery course. Thank you Amanda!!
The brilliant VA Mastery Course modules have been put together by Amanda in such a manner that provokes a real thought process. This course has given me an insight into why and how I want to run my VA business. Throughout the process, I learned not only practical skills but how to stay motivated by setting goals. Amanda asks very clever questions and has set tasks throughout the course that makes one understand the essence and reasoning behind actions. Amanda is a professional down to earth mentor with a wealth of knowledge.
I toyed with the idea of being a VA for nearly 5 years . I met Amanda in person at a PA Conference in Nov 2017. She was so warm and encouraging after listening to my intentions and offered to speak to me should the need arise. It was 6 months later I signed up for the VA Mastery Course. 1.5 years later, I’m 3 months into my business full time, still building parts of it and having motivational calls with Amanda regularly.
The content in the course is current, relevant and has all you need to know to become a VA. After each section in every module there is a chance to pen in your thoughts on what you’ve read and how you will apply it to the business. It forces you to think deep and adopt the mindset of a business owner.
I was also fortunate to do the first Mastery Course weekend in October last year with Amanda and a few other VAs. This was very useful as Amanda went through some parts of the course in person and the opportunity to ask any questions and listen to other VAs, some starting out and some already in the business for a while. There was so much knowledge gained learning from the experiences of others.
Amanda is always there for us, answering messages quickly and addresses whatever concerns we have, coming back to you if she doesn’t have an immediate solution. I don’t know how she manages to look out for us all, offer support on all the Facebook groups, constantly checking in on questions asked plus being a wife and mother. She’s there to always hold your hand and let you know you’re awesome no matter what the odds and believe in yourself. I would not hesitate to recommend VACT to anyone who is interested in being a VA and knowing what’s involved because you will be in good hands with Amanda.
I have recently completed the VA Mastery Course with VACT. It was a fantastic course covering every area possible in setting up your VA business. A huge thank you to Amanda for the incredible support. I am now confident and excited about running my own VA business which I have wanted to do for a number of years. I highly recommend booking in a Discovery Call.
Amanda is an inspiring lady to say the least. She has given me vision, focus and masses of tools and confidence in my future as a virtual assistant business owner. I recently completed the VA Mastery Course with the VACT and although it was a challenge, Amanda always made herself available to me whenever I had any questions, her response time was admirable considering how in demand her attention and time is. I have kept all of Amanda’s feedback to the modules I completed as points of reference to running my business in future, they make an excellent read and are filled with both bags of praise, constructive criticism and tips on ideas to consider further. Her support has been extensive and ‘above and beyond’ at times; I would highly recommend her courses to anyone considering going into the VA industry.
Amanda’s understanding of her clients’ needs are her priority, this shows through in her natural ability to encourage and support people with her charm and warmth as a mentor. She is absolutely…AWESOME! I really, really hope she will be able to help me launch my VA business later this year. Fingers crossed she will have space for me!
Amanda is extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic and supportive. She is always available for advice and responds to questions quickly. She has a no-nonsense direct approach which I love. I am new to the VA world and a beginner in running a small business and she has been a great mentor over the past few months.
Had a call with Amanda on Monday and was great to speak to someone with such experience that I felt starting up is a lot less daunting then it seems. Was great to have someone challenge my thoughts and how I am setting things up. Thank you
I contacted Amanda at VACT to book a Build and Grow Strategy Call. I felt I needed a bit of guidance and a call with Amanda was just what I was looking for. Amanda’s soft direct approach enabled me to see things in a slightly different way. She took time to go through my business and story with me and gave lots of direction and advice and as a result have a list of actions to carry out to enhance my business and take it to the next level. I would highly recommend booking a strategy call with Amanda – the help, guidance and support from someone who has ‘been there and done it’ is invaluable. Thank you so much Amanda.
I contacted Amanda over a year ago after deciding that I wanted to do the job that I currently do on a self-employed virtual basis. I have slowly worked my way through the VA Mastery course and set up my virtual assistant business all completely at my own pace due to still holding down a day job before going on maternity leave. Amanda has been a fantastic support, she is very good at gauging what stage you are at and the right times to be in contact. She is very supportive and understanding and the course contact is fantastic. I would not have been able to launch my own business without doing the course and without Amanda’s help and support which I am very grateful for. The Facebook groups are invaluable for continued advice and support. Thank you Amanda!
Amanda is brilliant. She knows her stuff. Such a great support. Will always go to her to advice from now on.
Amanda is truly great at listening, and understanding what kind of support you need. She challenges and pushes you in a way that makes it clear that she on your side, trying to help you. If you are thinking about becoming a VA, I recommend starting with one of Amanda’s discovery calls.
I am a member of Amanda’s VA Help Desk programme and find the content extremely valuable to me for my business as a VA and also personally. Amanda has a wealth of knowledge and shares it generously. She is always quick to answer queries and help wherever possible, guiding you in the right direction and giving you a gentle kick when needed! Thoroughly recommend working with Amanda!
I can’t say enough good things about Amanda and the course I took with VACT. She’s fantastic at what she does! Amanda knows exactly what you need from her at exactly the right time. Whether that be advice, encouragement or a kick into action and some tough love. She has helped me more than she will ever know with my confidence and self worth in my business. She offers heaps of guidance and value to the people she mentors. Anybody considering becoming a VA needs to speak to this lovely woman. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her. Thank you for everything Amanda.
I have recently graduated from the VA Mastery Course and really do recommend this course to any VA. Amanda has been such a great mentor and given me such great advice and support from the initial set up of my business to help along the way. Thank you so much Amanda.
I recently completed Amanda’s Social Media Bootcamp and it was fab! Full of useful information and tips and it has really helped boost my profile on SM, especially LinkedIn. I definitely recommend the course for new VAs and established VAs who might need a refresher.
I’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from Amandas support, help and guidance in several ways. Not only did I finish the fantastic VACT Mastery Course under Amanda, with some great and constructive feedback from her along the way, but also through the Facebook groups she runs which are inclusive, friendly and incredibly helpful. Amanda has been kind enough to give me her time and the benefit of her experience and knowledge outside of both of those arenas as well, when I’ve had a worry or panic about something quoting or client related. And very significantly, as the first person I contacted when I was made redundant and was about to plough myself into my new business, she kept me grounded and gave crucial advice that stopped me running off on a path that wouldn’t have been right. Amanda gives of herself selflesslyand has helped open up the world of the VA industry to me in many ways, for which I’m incredibly grateful.
I’ve recently graduated from the VA Mastery course after I decided to set up my own VA business, and can highly recommend working with Amanda. I came across her 3 years ago when I was in the early stages of launching my business, and she has held my hand and guided me through setting up, forming, and running Cotswold Colleague. Amanda is very personable, professional, generous with her knowledge and gives a huge amount of support when things are tough and a no-nonsense kick when you need to get moving. I’m looking forward to her on-going mentoring and guidance, she’s awesome!
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.
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
Amanda’s transformation from military to business owner and entrepreneur is an incredible one. What she doesn’t know about the VA world really isn’t worth knowing. You have to be from the same background to notice and recognise just how much she has achieved. I’ve been staggered at the sheer depth of knowledge she has achieved in such a short time, and at how brilliantly she delivers this. She utilises her previous background, skills and experiences to amazing effect. What’s most spectacular is how easy she makes it look. She constantly goes above and beyond with her trademark calm, consistent no-nonsense approach. She has quickly become THE go to person for all things VA. She is an amazing example to those of us venturing out into the civilian world.
I completed the VA Mastery course with Amanda in 2018. From the very beginning, Amanda was very supportive and keen to answer any of my questions. The VA Mastery Course went through every single detail of building your VA business and I still refer back to it now! I honestly can’t thank Amanda enough for her support and guidance and would recommend her to anyone.
Amanda Johnson is the epitomy of the word AWESOME. I’m currently following and learning from her and learning so much. Her videos are streamlined to clear key topics and you just know you’ve got gold. Thank you so much for being out there to find Amanda!
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!
Amanda came onto my radar via a competition run by ExecutiveSecretary Magazine 18 months ago at a time when I was wondering how to move my business in the right direction. She has been and continues to be a fantastic business mentor and coach.
I have just graduated from the VA Mastery Course. Throughout the course, Amanda gave me valuable feedback, advice and support. The course modules are well structured and crammed packed with valuable information. The questions in the modules are full-on, which really got my brain into gear, and helped motivate me more and more to realise what I wanted for my part-time VA business. I needed the push to get my VA dream off the ground and it’s the best thing I could have done.
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*
I have found Amanda’s wealth of experience invaluable. She has a very supportive manner and you truly feel that she genuinely wants to help you to get where you’d like to be in your business. Thank you Amanda.
Amanda Johnson is a great business coach and mentor because she unearthed my “passion” and it wasn’t the work that I was doing at that time. Amanda also has some brilliant courses and I worked through a couple and found them to be well constructed and executed and I learned a lot, particular the social media course. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Amanda to anyone in business who is “lost” or just needs a “helping hand”.
After an initial discovery call with Amanda, I decided to sign up to her course to ensure I was in the best position to launch my new business. I really felt she listened to my personal situation and gave appropriate advice; I didn’t feel I was one of many where the same answers were churned our regardless of circumstances. I enjoyed the course from the outset. The flexibility of it meant I could work on the modules during the evening when the children were in bed. It helped me re-engage by brain cells and focus on what I wanted my business to look like as well as my skill base. The constant feedback on each module meant I could implement what I was learning immediately rather than wait until I’d finished the course. This actually meant it took me rather a long time to finish it as my business had started so well, I struggled to find the time to complete the last few modules! Amanda was a great support and still is! She always answers questions honestly and you benefit from her experiences. The learning is ongoing and I’m looking forward to working with her in the future when I’m ready for the next stage in my business. I would recommend it to anyone looking to start as a VA – it gives you the confidence you need to get off to a great start.
Amanda Johnson and VACT have been an hugely valuable source of information and support during my first year in business. I would highly recommend getting in touch with her and getting involved in her community and joining in on her informative webinars and events. I have been inspired and challenged in this arena and I am now looking forward to where my business reaches in its 2nd year. Thanks Amanda – you are Awesome !
I simply cannot speak highly enough of Amanda and her VA Mastery Course. I was a PA of 18 years seeking to work for myself as a VA though I had no experience of setting up and running my own business. Amanda and her course gave me the confidence to move forward and the tools and knowledge to set up my business. The format of the course is very progressive and each module takes you along the route of setting up your business step by step and covers everything you need to know and consider along the way. Amanda has a fair, no nonsense approach as she genuinely cares and wants to bring out the best in everyone that she helps. I recommend Amanda and any of her courses to anyone who wants to set up their VA business.
Amanda is amazing. I’ve been a VA for 15 years and she has been so supportive, since I met her almost 4 years ago. I wish I had met her when I started out, because I wouldn’t have made the mistakes we all make when first starting out. Her coaching style is gentle but with bite, she will hold me accountable and is an expert at getting the absolute best out of you and for you. She has done the job, knows it inside out, and is brilliant. I cannot recommend her enough.
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. 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.
I have just started out on my VA Journey an are/have studied several of Amanda’s courses. On the occasions when I have needed and advice and support Amanda has been absolutely brilliant. Amanda is a good listener and has provided me with some excellent assistance and support, often suggesting a better route that I should follow or advising me of another piece of software I could use. I can recommend anyone who is considering to be a VA to contact Amanda – the courses and support are excellent. Thank you.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.