The VA Help Desk – VA Training Academy® is a monthly membership site for Virtual Assistants who want affordable yet practical support to build and grow their VA business. 

I know what it is like to be a VA at home, trying to build and grow the VA business, when really all I wanted to do was brainstorm issues with other like minded VA business owners, instead I felt isolated.

Often you have left your corporate job / job in the ‘real world’ to set up on your own in order that you have a ‘better work / life balance’. But the reality is very different when you spend all day working ‘IN’ your business supporting clients and then have to find the time to work ‘ON’ your business to build and grow it.

It is highly likely you have the great transferrable skills of being a PA or an EA but don’t know how to position those skills to attract the right clients to your VA business.

The systems that you implement for your clients are not there in your own business and so your business growth slows.

Does any of this sound familiar? Do you know what I understand.

It’s how and why the VA Help Desk – VA Training Academy® was created!

What do you get as a VA Help Desk – VA Training Academy® Member?

Training Webinars

Each month, a new training webinar will be uploaded into the Membership site; when these are guest webinars they will also be run live and Members will be able to ask questions of the presenter.

In these classes, you will learn game-changing skills, tip and tricks from experts in all areas of the business that you can apply to your own business but also that of your clients.

These training webinars are aimed at stretching your knowledge, skillset and developing your business. So they will cover things like: goal setting, marketing, from social media to blogging and SEO; client management, services, product launches and PR to networking, to name just a few.

Actionable Practical Workbooks

Each of the Training Webinars come with work books and checklists, all with actionable, practical activities, giving you step-by-step ideas with examples to put into practice immediately in your VA business.  These are all focused on business growth.

Resources and Bonus Section

In the Resources and Bonus section, I will share some helpful lists, guides, videos, audios covering mindset, productivity, business templates, social media and marketing tips as well as anything else I think will help.

Keep checking back, you never know what you might find here!

Support Group

You will love the members only support group – I’ve designed it as a place where you can brainstorm, ask for support and feedback, share ideas, celebrate your successes AND do business.

This is the place where we will run occasional challenges and do activities that stretch our businesses.

In the Members only group you can work directly with me, as well as network with other VAs trying to grow their business. Have questions? We’ll answer them.

In addition you also get:

  • Access to me every day in our private Facebook community so you can ask questions and get support
  • Weekly accountability check-ins with me via the group to ensure that you achieve your goals
  • An awesome community of Virtual Assistants who all want to build and grow their business
  • Instant access to online training materials that cover different aspects of running your VA business in the form of webinar videos, PDF documents and templates.
  • Monthly group live training calls and get the summary notes for each call.
  • Discounts on my workshops, packages, programs and stand alone courses (from me and my partners)
  • Online group coaching call (Live Q&A Call) to eliminate any sticking points in your business

Running your own VA business can be hard work

Running your own VA business can be hard work, there is so much to do supporting clients to earn an income. It can feel like we are permanently juggling or walking a very fine tightrope and one small knock, well it doesn’t really bear thinking about – does it?

I often describe a Virtual Assistant as someone who is used to be in service we are so used to someone asking us to fix something and us doing it that to suddenly have to learn and implement the running of our business takes time, effort and energy.

You may be feeling overwhelmed or as if you don’t know which direction to turn to next.

The original idea behind becoming a VA was so that you had a work / life balance and you don’t feel as if you do. You are supposed to be able to manage running a business and having a life. If you have other responsibilities, like a day job or family or both it can feel harder again.

I totally get how you are feeling I felt like this too and so do most other business owners, not just VAs. So please, be reassured you are not alone.

Let’s be honest here, the VA industry is virtual and there is no-one sat opposite you or in the next office to ask questions of, bounce ideas around, or even share your experiences. So whether you are a new VA or an experienced VA who wants to take their VA business to the next level, working with a mentor and a peer group can help you get to the next level in your business.

As part of the VA Mastery Course, I offered a group private support group and the VAs who were part of that described it as a great caring, supporting and sharing knowledge place. I was asked to replicate that group environment, while helping them with continuous professional development and so the VA Help Desk – VA Training Academy® was created.

The VA Help Desk – VA Training Academy® – a monthly membership site is an affordable way of working with me on a regular basis, but it is aimed at established Virtual Assistants. 

(This is not a cheap way of getting start up Virtual Assistant training.)

Our members can support one another, gain insight into other business models, share resources, build a community and get advice in real time from people who not only understand but who have been there too.

Need a shoulder to cry on about struggling to find a client or losing that all important contract you will have them. Would you like a few cheerleaders as you prepare to step outside your comfort zone for a new service offering, FB ad or networking event you will have them. Have a success that you need others to congratulate you on but no-one in your non-VA world really understands you will have them. A group coaching program offers all that, and best of all, with a community of like-minded members, the help and support is actually, well, helpful.

Here’s another win for ’The VA Help Desk – Monthly Membership Site’ – it is an affordable way of working with me on a regular basis.  It is £400 per annum or £40 per month so effectively £1.10 per day. 

Are you ready to invest in your VA business? I know I am, so let's do this together.

You can pay annually or monthly – whichever suits you better.  There is a discount equivalent to 2 months membership if you pay in full.

Six Common Questions

We get asked these a lot or you could (scroll down for the full list of FAQs)

Can I cancel anytime?

Yes, we think the best contract for this type of service is no contract. You can cancel your membership at any time.

What topics do you cover?

Business development, marketing, mindset, email marketing, social media, building a team, blogging and the list goes on


What if I am a new VA?

This membership is designed to help build and grow a VA business, new VAs will still get benefit from the subjects covered.

What is the Support Group?

We currently have a support group in the form of a “secret” Facebook community where you can ask questions to other Virtual Assistants.


What if I don't have many clients yet?

No worries, we cover content that will help you to get more clients and on how to deliver more for your current clients.

Whats the training frequency?

There are monthly training webinars and live Q&A calls each month – with additional resources being added where appropriate.

Here’s the full list of Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the VA Help Desk for?

The VA Help Desk is ideally for established Virtual Assistants who are looking for peer support.  But this membership is designed to help build and grow a VA business, new VAs will still get benefit from the subjects covered.

I have done the VA Mastery Course is this for me?

This is a natural progression from the VA Mastery Course and should be seen as continuous professional development.

Do I have to have trained with VACT in order to do the VA Help Desk?

No, a lot of my members have trained with other Virtual Assistant Trainers and come to me to fill in the gaps in their knowledge.

Is the VA Help Desk a course?

No, the VA Help Desk is made up of a combination of monthly training webinars and calls, practical actionable workbooks and a private support group of like-minded Virtual Assistants.

I don't have many clients is it for me?

This membership is designed to help build and grow a VA business, new VAs will still get benefit from the subjects covered.

Can I pay monthly?

Yes you can pay monthly – ideally – I look for commitment from you for 12 months, as it will allow me to get to know you and understand your business better.

Can I cancel at any time?

Yes, you can cancel at any time – your membership will cease at the end of that payment period.  At that point your access to the support group and learning materials will be revoked.

Why is the Support Group on Facebook?

Currently the Support Group is on Facebook but this is always being reviewed.  Currently Facebook is the preferred method due to the accessibility of the platform to so many Virtual Assistants.

Do I have to be in the UK?

No, this is available to Virtual Assistants globally.  However, where the training materials talk about pricing, this is in GBP however the theories are relevant irrespective of location of the VA,

I am not sure if this is for me or not - what should I do?

Before making any investment, you need to check if I am the right Coach for you – so please book a Build and Grow free call by clicking here or drop me an email on [email protected]

Ready to join?

All you need to do is decide if you want to pay annually (and save the equivalent of 2 months membership) or pay monthly.




Testimonial - Nicki Watson completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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!
Nicki Watson
Headshot of Susan Wright for Testimonial of Amanda Johnson
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.
Susan Wright
Helen English
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!
Helen English
Virtual Practice Management
Kelly Parker - VA Mastery Course Graduate
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.
Kelly Parker
Amanda M attended a Goal Setting Webinar with me and this is how she described me after the call  "She actually seems up my street likes fluffy Woo Woo but with balls!"
Amanda Michaelin
Jennie Moore
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.
Jennie Moore
Melanie Howell
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.
Melanie Howell
Testimonial - Heather Bridgman
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.
Heather Bridgman
Testimonial Kerry Barker
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.
Kerry Barker
Megan Small - Auxilia Business Support
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.
Megan Small
Matty Panagopoulos - Go 2 Virtual Assistants
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. 
Matty Panagopoulos
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.
Philppa Pearson
VA Just Starting Out
Testimonial - Amanda Cree completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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 selflessly and has helped open up the world of the VA industry to me in many ways, for which I'm incredibly grateful.
Amanda Cree
Testimonial - Athena Mae completed VA courses with VACT
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.
Athena Mae
Testimonial from Selina Johnson, one to one mentoring
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! 
Selina Johnson
Alannah Abbott
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.
Alannah Abbott
Susan Dyson First Stop Wills And Legal
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".
Susan Dyson FCILEx, MSWW
Karen Rutland Broughton -
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!
Karen Broughton
Paula Edwards - Advance VA
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.
Paula Edwards
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.
Åsa Tassdal
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.
Julia Ngapo
Jay Guest
Amanda is brilliant. She knows her stuff. Such a great support. Will always go to her to advice from now on.
Jay Guest
Phoebe Scaife
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.
Phoebe Scaife
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
Sarah Pavitt
Westbury Admin Services
Testimonial - Sarah White completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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!
Sarah White
Testimonial - Emma Conway Hyde trained with another VA training provider but came to Amanda for one to one mentoring
I have been mentored by Amanda for the last year and I can honestly say I do not what I would have done without her. She offers straight forward pragmatic advice, has been there and done it and appreciates how hard you have to work to build a successful VA business. She is always on hand to help and the support that is offered is second to none. You can always rely on her to be honest and forthright with a no nonsense approach. She is fantastic accountability partner. Thanks Amanda.
Emma Conway Hyde
Testimonial - Sandra Storoni completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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!
Sandra Storoni
Testimonial - Amanda Gaffney, military spouse completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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 Gaffney
Theatre and Arts Virtual Assistant
Testimonial - Michelle Nicholson, military spouse completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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.
Michelle Nicholson
Virtual Hub, Cornwall
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 !
Alex Hughes
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!
Jennifer Corcoran
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!
Rachael Cook
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.
Louisa Stewart
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*
Alex Platt
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.
Joanna Marat
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.
Judith Andrews
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!
Louise Mackie
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.
June Whiteman
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.
Kimberley Miller
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.
Lucy Tipler
Elite PA Solutions
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.
Sandy Hearn
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*
Rachel Torretti
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.
Penny Redman
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.
Claudia Adams

"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!"

Catherine Blackwood
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.
Denise Clarity
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.
Stella Gooch
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."
Steve Clarke
Testimonial - Lynsey Cowan completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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!
Lynsey Cowan
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.
Clare Farthing
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!
Tina Skilton, Layfield’s Virtual Office Support
Testimonial - Sarah Clewes completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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!
Sarah Clewes
Testimonial - Tina Skilton completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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.
Tina Skilton
Testimonial - Barbara Moorer completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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 Moorer
Testimonial - Barbara Marsh completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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.
Barbara Marsh
Virtual Assistant Training
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
Sofia Freijeiro-Armitage
Testimonial - Angela Clarke completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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.
Angela Clark
Testimonial - Ella Pickard completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
Amanda is inspiring, resourceful, logical and practical. She has been remarkably helpful on my journey when I have required honest guidance and feedback. I am very pleased to have met her and have received the benefit of her experience.
Ella Pickard
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.
Julia Roberts
Testimonial - Tanya Daye completed VA Mastery Course with VACT
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
Tanya Daye
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. 
Sarah McLellan
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.
Sara Field
Testimonial - Lynne Hilston - VA Discovery Call with Amanda Johnson of VACT
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!
Lynn Hillston
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.
Penny Kift
Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire
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.
Susanne Earl
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.
Trish McFarlane