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Episode Re-Release in Honour of Louisa Tew

Friends, It breaks my heart today to be re-releasing this episode of the VA Podcast and to share with you that my friend, client, supporter and global changemaker, Louisa Tew left this world on Tuesday, December 5th in her sleep. Please observe with me, a minute of silence to honour her memory, and then drink in her spirit in a special re-release of her episode on Ethical Outsourcing. She will be remembered here as one of our biggest cheerleaders, inspirations, and leader of the fight for...


VA Ep 046 | Why Service Swaps Are Killing Your Business

Welcome to episode 046 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast with your hostess with the mostess, Ashleigh Rae! In this episode we'te talking about the devil that is Service Swaps. You might know them as Energy Swaps or Exchanges, and they are killing small businesses and holding them back from blossoming - so tune in to hear why you need to stop doing them, and smart alternative strategies that will grow your business in the long term. Apply to Join the Australian Women's Podcasting Networking...


VA Ep 045 | Networking Do's and Don'ts for Opportunity GALORE

Aloha! Welcome to episode 045 of the VA podcast - today we're talking all about NETWORKING why and how, and some basic do's and don'ts if you're new to the networking world - and some extra special insight into the Australian Womens Podcasting Networking. Also stay tuned for BIRTHDAY SPECIALS! That's right, December 6th is my birthday and we're celebrating by sharing some amazing specials with our listeners and tribe. Today's offer: AUDIOGRMS! 5 x audiograms $110 OR 10 x Audiograms...


VA Ep 044 | Are Your Leveraging Your Show Notes? Your Missing Out!

Welcome to episode 044 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! Today we're talking ALL about why you need to be using your show notes to leverage your content - and a few simple hacks to help you rock it. So, do you write show notes for EVERY episode of your podcast? If not, why not? You're missing a huge opportunity to grow your business! A Few Highlights: Find out more about the Australian Women's Podcast Network by emailing Ashleigh Need a hosting service for your new...


VA Ep 043 | Bringing SEXY Back to Business w/ Renee Hasseldine

Welcome to episode 043 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast with your hostess with the mostess, Ashleigh Rae! In this juicy episode, we're joined by the cheeky, yet wise Renee Hasseldine from Share Your Passion chatting about why on EARTH visual models are a glorious way to grow your business, and how to get in the mysterious flow zone. Tune in for some serious business pow-wow words from Renee on all the most important areas of business - from sales and marketing, getting the flow zone,...


VA Ep 042 | Building a Strong Foundation Mindset that Supports Your Business Success

Welcome back VA's and Podnerds! Join Ashleigh for a quick solo episode about creating a strong mindset that supports your business, and ripples out into all areas of your life. Why? because otherwise, you might just enjoy being stuck in your own way a little much - you could do what Ashleigh did, and stay stuck for TWO WHOLE YEARS! Check out the Virtually Awesome Podcast Academy here: Try Libsyn for hosting...


VA Ep 041 | Networking and VA'ing Done Right w/ Rosie Shilo from Virtually Yours

Welcome to episode 041 of the Virtually Awesome Podcast! You're in for a cracker episode with special guest, Rosie Shilo from Virtually Yours! Tune into this episode for a hilarious journey back in time to BEFORE social media existed (can you even imagine life without Facebook and Instagram?!) common mistake VA's make, and the things VA's do exceptionally well! About Our Guest Since creating Virtually Yours, a thriving and ever growing network for Virtual Assistants, Rosie Shilo has...


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...