VA Training Academy Reviews

VA Training Academy Reviews

5.0

Excellent - based on 62 reviews

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Reviews (62)
Sarah Cook
Sarah Cook
2024-02-12
I graduated from Amanda's VA Mastery course and would recommend it to anyone looking to launch their own business as a Virtual Assistant. Each module focuses on different aspects of setting up the business from the fundamental why you are doing this to taking on your team as your business expands and Amanda gives you feedback and suggestions at each stage. I have worked as a PA and EA for many years but starting a business is totally different. There is also a wealth of information in the membership with training sessions and Q&As. Amanda tells you what you need to know, not necessarily what you want to hear, which is great when you get in your own way. Thank you for your support so far Amanda and I hope continuing into the future.
Helen Leach
Helen Leach
2024-02-09
Having just graduated from Amanda’s VA Mastery Course I can confidently say it was the best decision I made when setting up my business. Amanda’s no-nonsense, yet nurturing approach is perfect for those of us setting out who are new to the world of self-employment and unsure on how to go about running a business. Amanda has been instrumental in helping me move away from the ’employee’ mindset and I can already see a definite shift in how I think and approach my VA business. I can confidently say that that would not be the case had I not had the course, the Facebook group and all the associated support Amanda offers. And that’s before we even get to the practical tools included in the course! I would recommend Amanda to anyone thinking about becoming a VA – she’s amazing!
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-10
Helen, thank you for the awesome review - it's always been a pleasure to support you on your VA business journey. I love how you highlight it's not just the course though that adds value - it's all of the other things that come as part of being part of VACT. Thank you.
Louise Frohlich
Louise Frohlich
2024-02-09
Amanda is an amazing support. Running your own business is daunting, but Amanda is always on hand to guide and answer any questions I have - it feels like I have a cheerleader and safety net, which is hugely comforting.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-10
Louise, thanks for the awesome review - it's been a pleasure to watch your business build and grow. I love how you identified the cheerleader function - this is something I say I am to my clients when they go through the VA Momentum Course - as we all need a cheerleader for success.
Nicola Cartwright
Nicola Cartwright
2024-02-06
When I started out on my VA journey, I knew very little about it, but I found Amanda on Facebook and joined the VACT community. Honestly it’s the best thing I’ve done! After a friend recommended the mastery course, I went on to do the Kick start course, and now I’ve joined the membership too. VACT has helped me turn my dream in to a reality, with structure, and training, as well as opportunities to connect with other VA’s, and potential clients. If you’re looking for a community to support you in building something real, or need someone to guide you and keep you in check, speak to Amanda!
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-10
Nicola, thank you for being part of the VACT community and for sharing how you got on with the various offerings we have - it means a lot to me. I love how you highlighted it's about building a real business - for me as you know, we have to build the foundations first to have that long and successful business. I cannot wait to see where you take yours.
Alison Matthews VirtuAli Admin Solutions
Alison Matthews VirtuAli Admin Solutions
2024-02-06
I started my VA business back in 2014 and at the time it was difficult to know who to approach for advice and mentoring who was sincere and trustworthy and had proven experience. Amanda with the establishment of her Virtual Assistant Training Academy has created a go to place for any aspiring or growing Virtual Assistant with her no nonsense and honest approach. Thank you for the events, awards and general all round sound advice! Alison Matthews-VirtuAli Administrative Solutions
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-06
Thank you - I love how you have highlighted that I have a variety of offers but that they are underpinned with my no-nonsense honest approach. These values are really important to the way in which I run the VA Training Academy. It's been a pleasure to see how your business has developed since 2014.
Kate Hardie
Kate Hardie
2024-02-05
I love Amanda! My fledgling business has benefitted immensely from her wise words and not-so-gentle persuading. Amanda is honest, supportive and an overall lovely person to work with. The membership is teaming with useful webinars and activities to get set up in the VA world. I don't ever expect to leave Amanda's coaching group! Thanks Amanda, you're ace.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-06
Kate - your review makes me smile and bought a few tears of joy. I can literally feel your passion for your business exude from everything you do. Not scared to roll your sleeves up and learn - which is an amazing skill to have in the VA world.
Alison Rothwell
Alison Rothwell
2024-02-05
Amanda is a coach/consultant to my business and her expertise is why her business is the leading provider in the virtual assistant community. Straightforward and honest I appreciate her business acumen and the very positive impact it has had on my business.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-06
Alison - thank you - it's always been a pleasure supporting you and WP Fiddlybits. I love how you have highlighted my straightforward and honest approach to business and how that has a positive impact. I cannot wait to see your next offers that support those within the VA space.
Margaret Unsworth
Margaret Unsworth
2024-02-03
Before starting my VA business, I wanted to be sure I fully understood what would be required of me as a Virtual Assistant. Amanda @ VACT was recommended to me by an ex-colleague, I contacted her, we chatted and I signed up for her course. The course was excellent, very informative and Amanda was a great coach...always so supportive. For anyone thinking about becoming a VA, I would highly recommend getting in touch with VACT.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-06
Margaret, thank you for the really kind review - it's been a pleasure to support you on your VA journey. I have loved our coaching calls since you passed your course too - it's really exciting to see where your business goes next.
Ally Tankard
Ally Tankard
2024-02-03
Amanda is a wonderful, supportive mentor for VAs who goes above and beyond when it comes to sharing her knowledge and experience. She provides a wealth of free resources and a very supportive Facebook group which is invaluable to both new and experienced VAs.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-03
Oh wow - thank you Ally. Your review means a lot to me. I love how you have highlighted that I share a lot of free resources and how supportive the VA Help Desk Facebook community is. Thank you
Philippa PEarson
Philippa PEarson
2024-02-03
Amanda is absolutely amazing and is a real support and when there are times when things go wrong or are not working, out Amanda has the time to listen and provide invaluable support and advice. I am currently doing the VA Mastery Course with Amanda who has been a tremendous help and support by providing alternative ways of approaching something or the best way in order to achieve the goal that one is working to at the time. I can highly recommend Amanda not only as a brilliant VA Trainer but also as a brilliant support. Many thanks. Philippa Pearson Witts End Business Services
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-03
Thanks Philippa, it's been a pleasure to support you over the years.
Kerry Dawson
Kerry Dawson
2024-02-03
Stuck in a rut? Overwhelmed? Don't know where to turn to next? I felt like this last year as my business seemed to want to somersault into a new area, but I wasn't sure how to do that. One hour with Amanda sorted me out. She gave me incredible advice on socials and how to improve my LinkedIn profile, and how to optimise my website. I must have written a novels worth of notes and actions! Honestly, if you felt the same as I did, you need to book a session with Amanda. She has this straight-talking knack of parting the mists and making your path seem so much clearer. Amanda is well-known in the VA world and I was lucky enough to stumble across her website and support groups when I first started. She is always willing impart snippets of valuable advice and her newsletters breeze into my inbox like a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Amanda!
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-03
Oh Kerry, I absolutely adore this review - thank you. You have hit the nail on the head for so many things. Love it. Thank you and I cannot wait to see where you take your business in the years to come.
Caroline Marshall
Caroline Marshall
2024-02-02
Amanda has been a HUGE support to me and my business journey. No fuss, my judgment but always pointing me in the right direction and guiding. She’s opened a whole network for me to amazing VAs and opportunities.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2024-02-02
Thank you for this review Caroline, I really do appreciate it. It's been a pleasure to be part of your business journey over the years. Seeing you build and grow UpSource. I cannot wait to see where it goes over the next 10 years.
Jennifer Horler
Jennifer Horler
2023-11-29
I am relatively new to being a VA, having set up my business in Sept 23. After spending weeks of feeling overwhelmed by my social media, knowing I needed to get a content plan together for the rest of the year but being stuck in my own head and having no idea where to even begin. All it took was an hour chat with Amanda yesterday and an uninterrupted hour focusing this morning and I have a post topic planned for everyday until the end of the year. Amanda, thank you for untangling my brain and for all your help. You really are the VA fairy godmother.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2023-11-29
WOW what an awesome review - thank you Jen. I am so looking forward to seeing where your business takes you.
Lizzie Davis
Lizzie Davis
2023-10-04
Amanda is brilliant. Knowledgeable, supportive, understanding, a listener, quick thinker, comes up with great ideas, direct (which is good!) and responsive. I highly recommend her as a mentor.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2023-10-04
Oh wow Lizzie, this has really made me smile. I absolutely love what I do and cannot wait to see where you take your business. So exciting to see what develops out of the ideas we discussed today.
Kata Penzes
Kata Penzes
2023-09-25
The best course if have no clue how to start a virtual assistant business. It puts your mind to the right place and Amanda is always there to help. All the background is explained, required document, methods to use to get clients and keep them. I'm glad I have joined the party.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2023-10-04
Oh wow - thanks Kata. Your recommendation is really special and it was an absolute pleasure to support you in creating your new VA business.
Ailene Young
Ailene Young
2022-03-20
I have just completed the VA mastery course with VACT. WOW, what a course, the way the course is built digs into why and how you can become a business owner, while the training and co-working evenings cements the networking elements of VA work. I did look at many more courses both more expensive and cheaper, but Amanda and her no-frills, to the point presence won me over. So glad to have graduated and look forward to a brilliant future :) @aycanvirtual
Reply from VA Training Academy 2022-03-20
Ailene, thank you for your review. I LOVE IT and you really made me smile, as you highlighted some of the real fundamentals of working with me and VACT. I cannot wait to see where your business journey takes you as I just know it's going to be awesome and a pleasure to watch.
Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes
2021-11-22
Amanda Johnson and VACT were a 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 membership 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 4th year. Thanks, Amanda – you are Awesome!​ I have also engaged Amanda’s Coaching services to help support me on my transformation journey from a VA offering a vast array of business support services to a Virtual Business Manager & Consultant, where I am a business support partner helping with strategic projects to help a business grow and stop overwhelm for a business owner at an X roads.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2021-11-22
Alex, over the years in which we have worked together - I have loved supporting you. You have always known what you wanted and are prepared to invest in you and your business to help you get there. It's invigorating and motivating to see your business develop. Taking action is the most important part in all of this and I cannot wait to see where you take your consultancy and I know that the businesses you serve are in absolute safe and secure hands as you collaborate with them for success.
Caroline Marshall
Caroline Marshall
2021-11-19
When I reached out to Amanda, I was massively under confident and so nervous at the thought of putting myself out there as a business owner / PA. After speaking with Amanda I just knew her VA membership community and having her as my mentor would be key for me and my business! It is honestly thanks to her I was able to plan for my maternity leave but still grow my business (and win awards!), she gives me the confidence and direct advice I need. She always shows such care in me and my business as well as the many other VAs she supports. Being apart of her membership group has been essential also, to have access and support to a wonderfully supportive group of VAs, all in a variety of stages of their business journey is worth it alone. And then the bonus of training materials / sessions, I have been in the VA industry since 2016 but I still fully utilise these when I need to update my skills or learn something new! I would highly recommend Amanda (and do!) to any VA looking to seriously grow, learn and develop themselves and their business.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2021-11-20
Caroline, I am hugely proud of the work you have done, you know what you want and you work hard to get there. Even when you are doing things that are outside your comfort zone, you mentally work through it and then take action. That's something I wish others did. You are inspiring and it is a pleasure to be your Coach and your Mentor.
Fiona Pedley
Fiona Pedley
2021-11-10
Amanda's membership is absolutely amazing! I’d seen the value and help that she gave in her free group, so when I came across her membership, I knew it would be awesome. The membership provides me with so many resources, training courses and so much more. The FB group that goes with it, is such a supportive community where it’s safe to ask questions and discuss any problems. Amanda is a lovely lady, she is straight talking & no messing, I don’t know where I would be without this membership group. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a VA. Fiona Pedley Fiona-YourVA
Reply from VA Training Academy 2021-11-11
Fiona, thank you for the awesome review and I love how you have built your VA business through being a member of this Membership. I remember when you were just starting out and it has been a pleasure to be part of your VA journey. I cannot wait to see where you take your business.
Heather Maclaurin
Heather Maclaurin
2021-11-08
I joined the VA Membership almost 9 months ago, (after completing the VA Mastery Course), and wouldn't be without it now. The value received on a daily basis to tap into specific VA business advice from the awesome Amanda Johnson and the membership group of likeminded VAs is excellent. We share knowledge, initiatives, promotions, our struggles and our wins - learning and supporting each other, and being accountable to ourselves in a safe and positive space. VA Membership gives me confidence that I'm not alone in continually seeking knowledge, equally it gives me the drive to be as successful as others sharing their wins. VA Membership provides reassurance, support, accountability to consistently progress, interactive and relevant monthly training webinars, Q&A sessions, super friendly online group coaching calls, job opportunities and access to a network of Associates within the group. I've made new connections, knowing they are making the same investment in their business as a serious VA and small business owner. I've never felt lonely in my new business and I believe the VA Membership is a key reason for that. I would highly recommend VA Membership to VAs who want to invest in their business for success be that stability or growth. As a serious VA it's not 'Why would you join?', much more 'Why wouldn't you join?'! Thank you for all your encouragement and support Amanda, I really appreciate it.
Reply from VA Training Academy 2021-11-20
Heather, I have absolutely loved being part of your journey - your attention to detail, research and taking action is second to none. I love how you have embraced the #CollaborationNotCompetition mentality and are so supportive not only of your clients, but the VAs in the membership and the wider VA community. I cannot wait to see where you take your business in the coming years. I am excited for your future.