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VA Ep 040 | When a New Client Relationships Go WRONG

Hello Podnerds! Welcome to episode FORTY of the VA Podcast! This episode is a solo show with your hostess, Ashleigh Rae and touches on a touchy subject: what happens when a new client relationship goes belly up? Ashleigh shares her lessons from two recent experiences and what she has learned from letting go of seemingly dream clients. Highlights: Connect on Social Media: Facebook: @virtuallyawesomeservices Instagram: @virtuallyawesomeservices Email: Take up...


VA Podcast 039 | VA Spotlight w/ Tarryn Reeves

Welcome to episode 039 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today, we're joined by the fascinating Tarryn Reeves, the Managing Director of her own Virtual Assistance company. In Tarryn's Words: At Zimpasha, our mission is to give small business owners their time back. As a business owner myself, I know that there comes a time in your business when you can no longer 'wear all the hats.' We started our business so that you can keep doing yours. I used to work in a job that I hated, and I...


VA Podcast 038 | International Podcast Day Celebration | Why and How Did You First Discover Podcasting?

Welcome to episode 038 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today, we're celebrating International Podcast Day - Ashleigh shares how she first came across podcasting, and her the BIG reason why she loves this medium so darn much - strap in, it's worth having a tissue handy for this. FREE STUFF Get 2 months free when you sign up to a Libsyn plan by using our special promo code, ARVA - Libsyn isn't one of the top podcast hosting services for nothing, they're amazing and we've been recommending...


VA Podcast Ep 037 | Podcast Startup on a Shoestring

Whether you're just beginning to get into Podcasting to support your business, or if you're looking at becoming an editor VA, there are systems and process you'll need to put in place to save you time, and sanity and maximize your content. In this episode, Ashleigh shares her favorite, low cost or FREE systems and software to help you get your podcasting enterprise, off the ground for peanuts. Chill with Ashleigh and VA team in these cool...


VA Podcast 036 | Opportunity and Pivoting from Chaos

How do you run a business when emergencies happen? How do you look after yourself, your clients, your family when you have no idea whats happening or will happen? Join Ashleigh on today's episode to learn how she managed to care for herself, her business, and her family in the midst of a medical emergency. You'll hear her best tips so far, and also get a great update on the direction of her business and this podcast! Chill with Ashleigh in these...


VA Podcast Ep 035 | Ethical Outsourcing & Modern Slavery w/Louisa Tew

Welcome to episode 035 with special guest and fellow change-maker, Louisa Tew from Away Team! This conversation with Louisa raises a topic that’s NEVER talked about in the Australian, entrepreneurial landscape: hiring ethically. Can you really hire a VA for $3 or $4 per hour? And what difference does it really make to be paying a bit more? This conversation is incredibly juicy and really poses some big thinking points for how we run our businesses and what our ethics really are… About...


VA Podcast Ep34 | Things to Remember When Outsourcing Social Media to your VA w/Dorothy Krajewski|

Dorothy and I sit down to have a chat about outsourcing social media to Virtual Assistants; having clear goals and expectations of your VA and the importance of a good communication strategy Dorothy is a business coach as well as a VA specialising in Digital Marketing. She supports women entrepreneurs in achieving their business goals by helping them to be seen and heard online. Her ultimate goal is for women's voices to matter enough in the world that women finally achieve the equality...


VA Podcast Ep33 | Business, Podcasts and Marketing Yourself as an Authority w/Neka Williams |

Neka and I sit down today to talk about virtual assistance, podcasts and provide tips on how to use Facebook groups to market yourself as an authority on your area of expertise. Neka Williams is a virtual assistant and virtual assistant coach at Neka Said. At the young age of 27 she has built a successful virtual assistant business and now helps other women do the same. After becoming a teen mom and also dealing with the hardships of raising a special needs son she realized working a 9 to 5...


VA Podcast Ep 032 | Do Taboo Topics Work?

Welcome to episode 032 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today we're exploring if taboo and unspeakable topics and themes work on a podcast, and a few little tips and trick on how you can tip the balance in your favor. Wanna know more about DIY Podcasting for Activated Advocates and Change Makers? Check it out here: Join the Free FB Community at Contact Ashleigh at:


VA Podcast Ep 031 | Lounge Room Chat | Comparison-itis

Welcome to episode 031 (how did we get to 031 so quickly?!) this episode a casual check-in chat with Ashleigh and Scott and something of a confession... with sweary words and, to clarify "the noise" you'll hear in the background is NOT (according to Scotty) a natural bodily function, but his chair squeaking. ... you can make your own conclusions on that one! Connect with us in the podcasters collective facebook group here:


VA Episode 30 | Your Key To Success: Mental Health In Business with Nicol Herd |

Nicol and I sit down here to talk about mental health in business and the importance of being able to look after your mental health and knowing what works for you so that you can be the best person in business that you can be. Nicol is a Business Strategist who inspires businesswomen, to achieve results with courage and confidence. She encourages her clients to create sustainable practices by understanding behaviours and strengths to allow the businesswoman to flourish in their business and...


VA Podcast Ep 29 | Being A Star In Your Industry Is A Matter Of Boundaries In Business w/ Ellen Ronalds Keene

Ellen and I discuss wellbeing in business and the important things that business owners need to take into account to ensure they look after themselves. This then leads into a discussion about boundaries; more specifically email boundaries and the benefits that employing email boundaries provides. Ellen Ronalds Keene is a teacher turned entrepreneur who is passionate about education, health & wellbeing, podcasts, and cafe breakfasts. She splits her time between teaching wellbeing business...


VA Podcast Ep 28 | The Truth Is It's Not A Silver Bullet w/ Ellen Ronalds Keene |

Ellen and I discuss a story about one of Ellen’s clients where that client is frustrated at the lack of downloads that their podcast has received. This story then leads into a discussion about business and self-worth and how podcasting is a long-term strategy where you shouldn’t get disheartened early on. Ellen Ronalds Keene is a teacher turned entrepreneur who is passionate about education, health & wellbeing, podcasts, and cafe breakfasts. She splits her time between teaching wellbeing...


VA Podcast Ep 027 | 30 Episodes in 30 Days...Experiment Results | Solo Show

Welcome to episode 027 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast. In this short minisode, Ashleigh talks about the experiment she undertook to turn the VA Podcast into a daily show for 30 days - listen in to hear about the challenges, the insights and the results! Join the Podcasters Collective FB Community at


VA Podcast Ep 026 | Should You Invoice Podcast Guests?

Welcome to episode 026 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today we're looking at an interesting, juicy and somewhat controversial question that's been flying around the interwebs: Should you charge your podcast guests for the privilege of being on your show? We're busting myths, having a chat, looking at a poll and continuing this conversation over in our free community - join us and add your 2c worth at


VA Podcast Ep 025 | Don't Do This to Your FB Group!

Welcome to episode 025 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today is a touch of a rant, mixed with the crazy idea of making your FB group a place where members can EASILY engage and have conversations! Wanna check out Sonja's podcast we gave a shout out to at the start of the show? Check it out here: Join our free community at


VA Podcast Ep 024 | Monetising Podcasts w/ Michelle Jackson |

In this episode, I sit down with Money Podcaster and Colorado Aficionado Michelle Jackson. We discuss how Michelle got into podcasting and also the strategies that she uses in order to monetise her podcasts. Michelle Jackson is a personal finance influencer focused on helping GenX and older Millennial Women improve their finances, and unapologetically earn more money. She is the author of the upcoming book "Unsexy: A Savage AF Money Story-For those of you still on your financial journey."...


VA Podcast Ep 023 | The Reality of Starting a Podcast w/ Samantha Siffring

In this interview, I talk with Samantha Siffring about the realities of starting a podcast and the sorts of decisions that she needs to make in the process of setting up her podcast. Samantha owns where she is a business consultant and coach for moms with online businesses. She started as a coach after struggling to find her identity after becoming a mother and now is very passionate about helping other moms build businesses from home and balance entrepreneurship with...