The No Frills VA Podcast

Kiri Mohan

Welcome to the No Frills VA podcast brought to you by the Association of Virtual Assistants. Hosted by Kiri Mohan (the COO of the AVA), this podcast is for you if you’re currently a virtual assistant, or looking to become a VA, or wanting to learn best practices of VAs in your industry. The AVA aims to be the most trusted source of information in the Virtual Assistant industry - so let’s get down to real talk regarding Virtual Assistants.Want to be featured? We'd love to have you! Apply here: https://forms.gle/D5C5f7KZi8ottsNa8

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In this episode, Kiri talks to Erin Andersen - a LinkedIn Business Coach based in NYC. She offers a LI Booster Program to Virtual Assistants to enable them to provide LI optimization and monthly management as a service to their clients. Erin's VA graduates experience immediate return on her program.In her main job as a coach, Erin focuses on helping small business owners effectively build a LinkedIn strategy that organically attracts traffic to their profile. She also coaches on building content that sells and engagement strategies that reach your target audience.11:27 - LinkedIn training13:12 - The importance of LinkedIn for VAs 16:34 - On growing a business18:44 - Where do courses come from?22:23 - Erin’s course for VAs32:45 - Success stories37:40 - Repurposed for LinkedIn42:51 - Erin on hiring VAs47:05 - Who is the right VA for Erin?50:36 - “Worst mistake was not hiring a VA earlier"54:01 - Know why you started your business Connect with Erin!LinkedInInstagram VA Course Additional Links Mentioned in the ShowAriel Schiffer – DreamPro career coachingJudy Fox LinkedIn coursesTaylor Slango, business coachLike the podcast? Want more with VAs like yourself? Join the AVA when we open membership again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Nov 24

59 min 27 sec

Emily Reagan is a mom of four, air force wife, Digital Marketing Consultant and founder of vacrashcourse.comEmily’s VA freelance business helps creative entrepreneurs take their talents online, grow their social media presence and build their sales funnels. She set out to distinguish herself as more than “just a VA” -- she is a digital media VA and consultant - someone who does the work and understands the business. She now teaches digital marketing tech skills to over-educated, underemployed stay-at-home moms, and military spouses and people looking for a second career change so they can get hired by online business owners. Her 5-week intense training program is the Digital Media VA Crash Course and opens a few times a year. 02:24 - Unicorn VAs03:31 - Trademark battles09:32 - Prior experience in broadcasting15:51 - Becoming a VA via Pinterest22:58 - Starting without VA experience26:27 - Emily's "aha" moments29:50 - On hiring friends34:09 - Emily's management tips39:07 - Courses for VAs50:00 - Who are Emily's courses right for?53:49 - On setting and raising rate55:27 - Recognize your powerWebsiteConnect with Emily!InstagramLinkedInFacebookDigital Media VA FacebookYouTubeEmily’s Podcast

Nov 10

1 hr 1 min

If you're looking to get into the the real estate business, this episode is one to listen to! La'Quita Monley uses Virtual Assistants for her real estate side business and gives valuable lessons on the real estate business. La'Quita's full-time hustle is a sought-out keynote speaker in the United States and abroad and a business coach, La'Quita challenges others to transform their thinking to revolutionize their spheres of influence. Leaders and entrepreneurs alike tune into her weekly live broadcast, Create Your Future Self, for inspiration and implementable action steps to realize their full potential. Her life’s work is proof that La'Quita Monley is impassioned by motivating others to become the best versions of themselves.05:29 - Life as a military spouse08:54 – Hard lessons in real estate19:31 – Understanding purpose22:46 – Channeling the lessons of scripture into leadership27:35 – On hiring VAs31:09 – Top tasks for real estate VAs35:40 – Hiring VAs through an agency40:54 – The right VAs for La'Quita49:09 – Tips for aspiring real estate VAs51:33 – Buy into the affirmationLa'Quita's WebsiteConnect with La'Quita!LinkedinTwitter FacebookInstagramYouTubeLa'Quita’s Toolbox PodcastCreate Your Future Self LiveTools MentionedREI Blackbook – CRM for real estate professionals Like the podcast? Want more with VAs like yourself? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Oct 27

56 min 24 sec

Michelle Dale is a well known name in the Virtual Assistant world. She is the founder of Virtual Miss Friday, an Online Business Consultancy and Academy with Built-In Virtual Assistant Services and the creator of 1nSourcing™ - a service that specializes in serving 6 and 7 figure business owners. She left the UK in 2005, at the age of 23 to pursue a dream of experiencing real freedom. She has grown a successful location independent online service and digital product business, traveling and living abroad full time, and raising 4 children. She now supports men and women around the world in cultivating their own professional and personal aspirations in the digital world.03:25 - Leaving the UK for Egypt 09:31 - Starting a VA business in 2005 12:23 - 1nSourcing - Staying connected with clients 21:51 - The Pledge - Minimizing and preventing mistakes 25:42 - Time management 32:33 - Charging by the hour 34:18 - VA Academy 41:00 - On finding your audience 47:40 - On pivoting during the pandemic  Virtual Miss Friday Website 1nSourcing and The Pledge Connect with Michelle!support@virtualmissfriday.com  FacebookInstagramLinkedInTwitterYouTube

Oct 13

58 min 4 sec

Tara is the owner and founder of Tara Shea The VA, LLC. Tara provides done-for-you administrative services for successful female entrepreneurs. She is also the creator of Foundations, an action based course where Tara teaches other women how to start their own successful Virtual Assistant business. Tara is passionate about teaching other women that it is possible to have a healthy work and life balance, and you don’t have to choose one over the other.Tara lives in the Kansas City area with her Husband and two sons. When she is not working in her business, you can find her at one of her boys’ sporting events, reading a good book, baking or shopping.11:49 - The first client13:10 - How to spot red flags20:57 - On teaching VAs25:08 - Tara details her mini-course for VAs34:01 - Within 20 hours a week35:17 - Is Tara right for you?39:27 - Planning ahead41:44 - Be patientConnect with Tara! InstagramFacebookPinterestLinkedInTara's WebsiteTara's Foundations CoursePlatforms & tools mentioned in this episodeVoxer - Walkie Talkie appHoneybook

Sep 29

47 min 5 sec

Tonisha Stalnaker is the Owner of Stalnaker Virtual Solutions, providing back end course platform and systems building. SVS loves working with Course Creators and Coaches to help bring their ideas to life with the goal of providing quality and improving efficiency. Tonisha is also a wife, a Mom, a "bonus" Mom, a dog Mom, a dance fitness instructor, lover of GIFs, and a movie fanatic. Her family is the "why" behind everything she does. 01:23 - Linkedin Coffee Chat08:28 - The real Keanu Reeves can spell his own name10:04 - Tonisha's adventures in recruiting13:49 - "I don't want to be anyone's employee anymore."25:36 - "Just a VA"38:08 - VIP Day49:41 - Advice for past-Tonisha52:55 - Mindset, abundance, intentionTonisha's WebsiteConnect with Tonisha!LinkedInFacebookInstagramPlatforms & tools mentioned in this episode:KajabiTeachableClubhouse (Invite Required)ClickUpBooksyLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again very soon! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Sep 15

59 min 11 sec

Lisa Ferris is a UK VA who works with Wellbeing businesses to help them shine their magic through social media, email marketing, funnels & anything creative. She's also a doggy lover and has a sausage dog called Slinky who is her right hand man.05:08 - Redirecting creativity as a VA10:01 - Transitioning to a VA business14:54 - Lisa on finding her niche22:45 - UK VAs (or PAs)24:54 - Lisa on growing her business27:05 - Advice for new VAs28:35 - Marketing platforms and tools33:31 - Bartering tips40:02 - The importance of boundaries43:10 - Creating balanceConnect with Lisa!MembershipLinkedInFacebookVirtual Assistant Training AcademyTools Mentioned on the ShowPlanolySocial BeeLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Sep 1

48 min 33 sec

If you are looking to become a multi-entrepreneur or to work with one, this is the episode to listen to. Dr. Morissa Schwartz is a talented wordsmith and entrepreneur, and a best-selling author and speaker who built a successful business empire while completing her Masters’s in Communication and Doctorate in Literature.Dr. Morissa Schwartz is the owner of DrRissysWriting.com – a marketing and writing company ranked in the top 2 social media experts in NY by Thumbtack, and GenZPublishing.org – a publishing company, which has produced six Amazon bestsellers. She holds a doctorate in literature from Drew University and has a Masters in Communication.In this episode, she goes into how she built her businesses and also how she uses a team of VAs to manage it all.02:04 - Freelancing during high school04:45 - Self-publishing a book in high school07:12 - Gen Z Publishing12:19 - Dr. Rissy's Writing13:54 - Dr. Schwartz's team15:43 - Thumbtack (and how VAs can use it)19:02 - Dr. Schwartz on interviewing VAs22:46 - Room to grow24:01 - Mistakes happen27:22 - VAs at Gen Z28:49 - Beta testing32:23 - 3 tips for growing your business online36:04 - Management toolsFind Dr. Rissy:Gen Z Publishing - Dr. Rissy's WritingFollow Dr. Rissy:FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedInTools and platforms mentioned:TwistThumbtackTodoistAsanaTrelloLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Aug 18

39 min 57 sec

Love Pinterest? Want to work as a Pinterest VA? Listen to this episode with Claire Coleman! Claire Coleman is the owner and founder of CC Assist, a VA company that offers business support services and Pinterest management to wedding professionals and creative entrepreneurs so they can focus on the bigger picture. 02:14 - The ups and downs of working with pop stars09:51 - From tour planner to VA12:28 - Maternity leave as a VA13:57 - An accidental niche17:04 - Pinterest marketing24:26 - Claire's schedule26:20 - Secret leads for VAs32:26 - Are Pinterest and weddings right for you?34:24 - What is Tailwind?41:28 - Kiri's Pinterest story44:05 - The Four C'sYou can connect with Claire at https://ccvirtualassistance.com/InstagramFacebookTools MentionedTailwind Scheduler CanvaHoneybook Rising Tide Society on FacebookLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media.

Aug 4

47 min 11 sec

This has been one of Kiri's favorite interviews due to how open Kathy has been about her career and business. Kathy Goughenour is a force to be reckoned with, with her VA coaching business bringing in over a million dollars. Kathy is a longstanding VA who had the courage to say "bye-bye" to her corporate marketing career and built a 6-figure virtual assistant business from her tiny house in the middle of a forest. Today, she teaches professional women how to create their own work-at-home VA businesses so they can enjoy the freedom, flexibility, and financial security they desire and deserve. Kathy also offers VA Matchmaking sessions to business owners interested in working with Expert VAs®️ and Virtual Experts®️. Kathy and her Expert VA®️ and Virtual Expert®️ Training program have been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping, All You, and The Wealthy Freelancer. 08:39 - The Three P's16:22 - Becoming a VA in 200124:31 - $75 an hour26:51 - Kathy on titles and specialization31:52 - Attention Lucasfilm!34:05 - What Kathy learned from taking her own training36:20 - A 9-Year Overnight Success40:27 - Mindset48:52 - Kathy details her training programs01:02:11 - Pricing01:12:31 - MastermindsSpecial link for our podcast listeners!https://www.virtualexperttraining.com/no-frillsKathy's Expert VA TrainingConnect with Kathy:FacebookLinkedInInstagramTwitterYouTubeLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jul 21

1 hr 21 min

Are you struggling to start your VA business or get it off the ground? Perhaps you should look into Sara Wiles' programs! Sara Wiles is an Online Business Mentor for done-for-you service providers. She helps Virtual Assistants, Online Business Managers and Social Media Managers build successful, profitable, balanced businesses in weeks instead of years. She's also a wife, mama, dog mama, exercise enthusiast, champagne connoisseur, four-letter word addict and the co-founder and co-host of The Happy Thoughts Show.04:51 - From event planner to VA09:04 - What does success look like?13:40 - A Controlled Burn: Establishing Boundaries20:04 - More than a mentor22:20 - Sara's mentoring course syllabus38:34 - Sara's VAs do everything39:17 - How to Instagram like Sara41:35 - Do it afraid, but do it anywayYou can find Sara at SaraWiles.co or Instagram Sara's Podcast: The Happy Thoughts ShowMentioned on the show: Unapologetically AmbitiousLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jul 7

48 min 42 sec

Ellyse is a VA coach helping more established VAs and DFY (done for you) service providers create a sustainable business that allows them to take on ideal clients at ideal prices and create the business of their dreams. When she's not supporting her amazing students, she is spending time in Denver, CO with her kids and amazing husband.01:05 - School Days08:57 - From teacher to virtual assistant14:10 - Ellyse's early VA days17:21 - A bartering mistake32:46 - VA coaching34:19 - Establishing a sustainable VA business41:54 - The things you hoped forEllyse on InstagramFacebook GroupEllyse on FacebookMentioned in the show: Free Mama MovementLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jun 23

48 min 7 sec

If you want to scale your VA business to a DBM/OBM, take a listen! Kiri interviews Claire who has been working online since 2018 when she accidentally became a virtual assistant for her brother’s economic consulting company! Now she’s up-leveled to the digital business manager role and is helping her clients expand their teams so they can continue to scale their businesses. Her superpowers include: implementing systems, organization, project management, and automation.01:11 – The Accidental VA07:31 – From VA to OBM14:49 – Finding clients15:35 – Claire’s favorite part of the job16:14 – Is it possible to automate yourself out of a job?19:00 – Working with life coaches24:03 – How to take time off27:46 – Claire’s VAs30:19 – Project management tools31:32 – Virtual misconceptions34:12 – Is OBM right for you?35:59 – Looking to the futureYou can find Claire's webpage here and find her on Instagram as well. Here are the tools  mentioned in today's episode!ClickUp AsanaAirtableDBM BootcampElise Darma’s Instagram TipsLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jun 9

39 min 17 sec

Let's explore the common software used in a Virtual Assistant business! Kiri asks that AVA community what are some platforms or software that they love and can't do without in their business. Common answers included:-Asana-Toggl-SlackHowever, there were some less common ones that also popped up in conversation that you should think about! Kiri also talks about her favorites as an EA VA and the creepy, but highly useful, gmail plugin that she has used often.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Find us at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

May 31

14 min 51 sec

If you're looking to work in the financial industry as a VA, this is the episode for you. Kiri interviews Gabe Nelson who has worked with Virtual Assistants within his own company, Gabe Nelson Financial. In this episode, he explores VAs that would be good fits for financial advisors.Gabe Nelson earned a BS in Economics from South Dakota State University in 1995, began working in financial services immediately following graduation, obtained his Certified Financial Planner® Designation in 2006, and founded Gabe Nelson Financial in 2008. 04:21 - What is a CFP?08:16 - Avoiding the Big Mistake18:28 - VAs for financial advisors20:48 - Why Gabe chose virtual staffing23:39 - The difference VAs make for their clients26:00 - Management tools30:01 - Gabe on the process of hiring VAs34:13 - How to address mistakes36:57 - What makes a rockstar VABooks mentioned in this podcast...The Seven Stages of Money MaturityThe Daily Stoic To find out more about Gabe, you can find him here or listen to his podcast.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

May 26

47 min 44 sec

Kiri poses a question to AVA's community about finding a business coach: What do you look for? And when do you make the leap from coaching into applying what you've learned? Kiri goes into stories from her own career which includes a dinner call that didn't go well and how she needed someone who was a foil to her personality.Everyone had a lot to say on this topic! Common themes included:-Doing appropriate research-Finding a coach that aligns with your life or where you want to be-Making sure you get very specific on what you want-Coming away with making more money than you invested in the coachIf you are thinking about hiring a coach for your Virtual Assistant business, this is the episode to listen to! You'll get guidance from other VAs and learn how to zero in on what you want.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Find us at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

May 17

14 min 55 sec

In this episode, Kiri interviews Peggy Re James, a Marketing Coach for done for you service providers, rising coaches and course creators. She is passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale their businesses by giving them both the foundation they need, as well as proven marketing strategies to help propel them quickly to a full-time income. 02:08 - Discovering VA work as a stay-at-home mom06:06 - Building foundations for VAs08:47 - What's wrong with calling yourself a VA?16:37 - Peggy's marketing course27:27 - When Peggy realized she needed VAs29:18 - Peggy on hiring VAs30:36 - THe ideal qualities of a VA34:50 - Peggy's advice to past-Peggy39:22 - DisciplineYou can find Peggy's website here.InstagramFacebook GroupLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

May 12

42 min 36 sec

In this episode, Kiri asks the AVA community to go into detail on what a typical sales cycle looks like. The exact question is: Walk me through a successful sales cycle with a prospective client: How many calls do you have with them (and do you do video chats)? Do you have a calendar link you send to them to set up time or do you email them directly? Do you do a trial run? How long, on average, does it take for you to sign them as a client from initial outreach?The answers received were from:-VA Agencies-Solo VA-VA MatchmakingAll different businesses provided a unique outlook on how their sales cycle is run. Hopefully this will help you tweak your process so that you come off looking more professional and poised then before!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Find us at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

May 3

18 min 23 sec

Jeannie is a small business professional with over 20+ years of freelancing remote experience as a Virtual Executive Administrative Assistant, Operations Manager, Content Writer and Fundraising Program Developer. Her expertise extends to Online Business Management, Content Creation, Blogging, Social Media, Website Management and Virtual Customer Service.01:58 - Becoming a VA in 199707:59 - A sweet gig15:12 - Jeannie's Hussle20:13 - On adopting children and working from home26:48 - Managing a business while fighting cancer40:10 - Owning mistakes and making it right48:56 - Be still and knowYou can find out more about Jeannie and her extensive career on her LinkedIn page.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? The AVA is now open for membership! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Apr 28

53 min 10 sec

Listen to this episode where Kiri polls the AVA community on their best and worst business investment! The most common answers included:-The importance of community-Business coaches-Software-SponsorshipsThis episode provided insight into how to look at your investments and make sure you are choosing wisely when using your business' money.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? The AVA is now open for membership! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional! 

Apr 19

11 min 54 sec

Chrissie Kenaston is a Virtual Assistant turned copywriter who knows the key to attracting ideal clients is creating authentic messaging that builds true connection. She helps overwhelmed online coaches and course creators do just that, primarily through emails and websites. You can sign up for her weekly messaging tips at her website, Copy With Chrissie.01:39 - How VA work fits into a military family's lifestyle03:38 - Chrissie finds her calling as a copywriter08:45 - Working at home with kids10:42 - Is copywriting right for you?12:00 - Copywriting certification15:13 - Unusual web copy18:22 - Chrissie on hiring a VA20:43 - VA to OBM22:32 - Chrissie talks about her copywriting course25:57 - How do you find your client's voice?30:30 - The value of showing up39:09 - Where would we be without VAs40:43 - Keeping promisesCheck out Chrissie's offerings!Chrissie's freebieChrissie's courseLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? The AVA is open this month! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Apr 14

45 min 34 sec

In this episode, Kiri discusses the profit margin you can have in your VA business. She talks about the importance between saying what you make versus taking expenses into account as well. Kiri talks about her one year where she made the biggest mistakes and did not make as much money as she hoped due to her high expenses. Our members give their feedback on this, including:-Packages vs. hourly rates-Losing value in an hourly rate-Why staying at an hourly rate may work for you-The Profit First MethodThis episode provided important insight into how much you can make in a VA business with low overhead and how increasing your rates definitely lands you with a greater profit.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? The AVA is now open for membership! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional! 

Apr 5

13 min 41 sec

Jamie Feinberg is a virtual assistant, traveler, entrepreneur & creative problem-solver helping sensitive, aspiring adventurers get the confidence & tools to craft their dream life now. Jamie’s many hats have included the roles of musician, educator, virtual assistant, administration professional, musical theater aficionado, and life coach, with a Bachelor’s in Music from Smith College and a Master’s in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She’s built her virtual assistant business over four years, and with her recent completion of a coaching mentorship, she is expanding her business into coaching and consulting, helping people to craft their dream life. 05:24 - So you have a music degree, now what?14:40 - So you got an RV, now what?17:26 - Becoming a VA before knowing the term24:30 - The costs of being an RV VA34:00 - Transitioning to coaching41:47 - It is okay to change throughout your career48:59 - 3 tips for aspiring RV VAsConnect with Jamie!Jamie's VA websiteInstagramLinkedInFacebookRoss and Jamie AdventureMentioned in the show:Mobile Internet Resource CenterFulltime FamiliesLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Mar 31

52 min 52 sec

We LOVED this question submitted to AVA! Thank you to @upwestsocial for giving us this killer question: what's a common misconception people have about VAs? Kiri got a little heated during the episode while reading the responses. Our members responded to this with gusto, and answers ranged from:-How much money you can make-VAs are more than generalists-VAs have a lot of skillsets-VAs can specialize in very unique fields-And at the same time, VAs can't do everythingWe debunked all those myths and more in this episode. Take a listen! As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! Comment on LinkedIn, on Instagram @associationofvas or send an email to ask@associationofvas.com.  Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again in April! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Mar 22

12 min 2 sec

Take listen to this engaging interview Kiri has with Capri Colene (CC) Henderson, a multifaceted force with an impressive resume that boasts over 20 years of administrative, organizational, and leadership skills rendering her one of today’s leading professionals. Capri’s passion for business administration derived from her appointment as head manager at Taco Bell at the age of 18 years old. In the years to follow, she successfully navigated through numerous high-level management positions such as the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and as a healthcare professional. Capri’s proudest accomplishment undoubtedly is being a mother of three sons and now a grandmother of two. She is offering her expertise to clients as the owner of CC Virtual Assistance LLC, providing services that include appointment scheduling, calendar management, customer service emails, and social media management.02:59 - Taco Bell Beginnings06:40 - Capri on transitioning to eldercare09:10 - Virtual Beginnings11:38 - Facing fears and following your heart13:16 - Capri's artist management career16:41 - So I Started A Dog Page: Learning the Social Media Landscape21:02 - Tips for new VAs22:30 - Tips for social media25:10 - Why Capri keeps part-time hours27:34 - Capri on the freedom that VA work allows31:40 - The customer is always...36:19 - Capri's ideal client37:22 - IntegrityYou can find more info on Capri at https://www.capricolene.com/.LinkedInInstagramLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Mar 17

41 min 59 sec

If you're looking at starting a VA business or in the process of getting it off the ground, this is a good episode for you! In this episode, Kiri Mohan asks the Virtual Assistant community what they wish they could have told themselves when they first started their VA business. The most common answers included:-Taking risks-Rates-Fear of failure-ClientsLearn from other VAs and what they wish they had known when starting out. As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! Comment on LinkedIn, on Instagram @associationofvas or send an email to ask@associationofvas.com.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA when we open again in April! We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured in our guest interviews, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Mar 8

10 min 38 sec

You won't want to miss this episode! We have a very unique VA, Dori Zabari, who created DIZI (“dee-zee”) strategies for purpose-driven business owners, supporting them by prioritizing process details, market research, and the user experience. Their purpose becomes tangible through online course development, website and client attraction, and implementation support. Dori builds for the creator, bringing their vision to life! In this conversation, we discuss how Dori went from being firmly entrenched in academia to pivoting and becoming a unique part of the Virtual Assistant world.1:41 Changing Course From Professor to VA6:27 Starting A Business with Mom12:41 Identifying the Right Path15:36 Dori on Discovering the VA World17:34 Defining Roles to Suit Ideal Clients26:12 The Platform is Secondary31:08 Dori on Getting Her First (Ideal) Client34:58 Dori on Marketing41:18 Looking to the FutureYou can find more info on Dori at https://www.dizistrategies.com/ and can connect with her on LinkedIn.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Mar 3

52 min 31 sec

AVA's Virtual Assistant State of the Industry survey is out! (Go to https://associationofvas.com/free-resources/) If you haven't had time to review it, YOU SHOULD. It's chock full of information about the VA industry, including pricing, how VAs are set up, essentials VAs need, client trends, and where there are gaps in the market. In this podcast episode, there is a candid conversation with Melissa, AVA's CEO, about the findings from the survey. What was surprising? What was alarming? How can VAs improve? You won't want to miss this episode! 1:22 - What makes this report different from other surveys?4:01 - Diversity within the survey6:06 - Freedom and flexibility of VA work10:18 - 20 hours is the new 40 hours17:55 - addressing contingencies with clients21:39 - The unglamorous realities of digital nomad life24:27 - The technical and marketing VA gap28:40 - What is a funnel?32:38 - Let's talk about money35:00 - Covid's influence on the VA world37:53 - Opportunities in the gapsWe’d love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Feb 22

42 min 25 sec

Dr. Aviva Legatt is an elite admissions expert and founder of Ivy Insight, the gold standard in college admissions consulting for undergraduate elite college applications.Ivy Insight works beside top-tier students and their parents to maximize their probability of getting accepted to their elite dream school, with enviable acceptance rates, while creating clarity, guidance, ease and support throughout this high-stakes journey. She is an in-demand leadership and college admissions speaker and respected expert with a fresh perspective. Hailed by the New York Times, as a trustworthy expert on college admissions, and recognized as an expert in corporate culture and diversity as a faculty member for Coursera and at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Legatt has appeared in numerous news interviews and print articles.6:51 – Aviva on entering the world of college consultation23:41 – What do Aviva’s VAs do?24:54 – Important traits of a VA26:55 – Aviva explains her workflow with VAs33:46 – Aviva on hiring VAs36:14 – On working with VAsIvy InsightGet Real and Get In by Aviva LegattWho Gets In and Why by Jeffrey SelingoTools mentioned in this interview:Dubsado ConvertkitWave Gusto 

Feb 17

43 min 59 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan explores how VAs and others came up with their business name. It's a fun episode that delves into topics like:Long vs. short business namesCreativity behind the business nameHow the past can influence the business nameAbbreviations and trying not to have a name be outdated in years to comeOur AVA members share how they come up with their business name, and Kiri saved what she thinks is the best story for last - so be sure to listen all the way through! Hopefully this will help VAs trying to come up with a business name or those that are switching careers or rebranding.As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Feb 8

10 min 47 sec

With 50 years of cumulative experience, David Rockey has a seasoned perspective on how to build, grow, and run small businesses. He created Your Office SOS to offer his expertise to solopreneurs who need to free themselves to focus on the core strengths of their business. He has been successful in retail, wholesale, and service industries. His skills include outside sales, business development, prospecting, and telesales. David has a broad range of skillsets, combining old school knowhow and the latest technology.In this episode...4:20 – David explains the thinking behind his company’s name, and facing the trepidation some businesses have about hiring a VA.5:44 – David talks about how he approaches networking groups.8:06 – David and Kiri reflect on how the VA business (and business in general) has changed in the time of Covid.11:32 – Wrestler to renaissance man: David shares his road to working remotely and how the skills he accumulated along the way contribute to his success.28:44 – Know your niche: David emphasizes the importance of knowing what you do and how to reach the people who need you.33:23 – Being open to learning new skills and new software will prepare you for future clients’ needs.You can find more info on David and his wife at www.yourofficesos.net.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Feb 3

46 min 58 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan explores how Virtual Assistants measure their success.Do you measure your success by certain financial gains? By how much flexibility you have in your schedule? Or is it something like growing and expanding your business to an agency? Our AVA members share from their own experience how they measure their success and if it's changed over time.As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jan 25

5 min 5 sec

Erin Sturm has worked as a virtual assistant since 2014. She launched The Sturm Agency in 2015 specializing in social media marketing and virtual assistant services. Since then, she has worked with large and small companies, authors, entrepreneurs, and coaches.Her favorite thing to do is create processes! If you need to get organized, she can help. No job is too big or small, get in touch and she will come up with a plan!5:08 – Content creation and social media management are like peanut butter and jelly6:59 – Erin talks about how her clients use social media8:25 – On managing expectation around social media campaigns11:25 – Erin breaks down how she sets her rates15:25 – Matching clients with the most appropriate social media platform22:50 – Erin’s path to being a Virtual Assistant28:30 – On setting the hours that work for you32:27 – Recognizing ideal clients and clients who aren’t a good fit39:39 – Do the next right thingTo find out more about Erin, you can go to: www.erinsturm.comConnect with Erin! LI: https://www.linkedin.com/in/erinsturm/Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jan 20

45 min 1 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan explores what some VAs consider their dream client and those that make them pause. As you progress along your VA career path, you learn which clients are those that you love working with (dream clients) and those that you want to stay away from (less than ideal). Our AVA members share from their own experience the clients they love and those that usually don't work out. As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jan 11

11 min 46 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan interviews Sher Downing, PhD, the Founder & CEO of Downing EdTech Consulting, a company creating connectivity between clients, vendors, designers, and technology. Kiri digs into Sher’s career, company, and what she looks for in a Virtual Assistant.Sher is also the host of EdTech Speaks, a podcast exploring the navigation of business and education in a tech driven world. Previously she served in higher education administrative and faculty appointments and senior level corporate training positions. She serves as an international speaker/presenter, industry coach, author and a contributor to Forbes, HBR Ascend, and Medium. 1:29 Sher goes into what “EdTech” means 6:44 Sher recommends what questions VAs can ask their clients when figuring out an online platform for their teams18:23 Sher goes into her biggest takeaway from COVID in the EdTech space21:40 Sher talks about possible trends in the corporate and education industry post-COVID27:13 Sher talks about when she first needed a VA and how she searched for a good match30:51 What are the questions Sher asked while interviewing for a VA?37:46 Sher describes her contractor team and how she hires38:40 The best qualities that Sher looks for in a VA41:09 The biggest difference VAs have made in Sher’s business44:10 Sher offers a discount for VAs listening to the podcast to her Speakers Resource Group! To find out more about Sher, you can go to https://www.downingedtech.com/ Speakers Resource Group: https://www.downingedtech.com/srg Connect with Sher! https://www.linkedin.com/in/sherdowningwww.twitter.com/@Digital_sher Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Jan 6

46 min 31 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan talks about the biggest mistake she's ever made for a client in her VA business and how it was a good learning experience. Other members of AVA also chime in with mistakes that range from not vetting clients carefully, jobs that don't get done because of poor communication and expectations not being met.In every situation, the mistakes allowed the VA to have a chance to learn, showing that mistakes are an important, though not desired, part of the business process.As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Dec 2020

11 min 10 sec

In this episode, Robbie Samuels goes into how he was able to pivot his business, which was based on in-person networking/events, to a completely online business during COVID. He also talks about how to utilize Zoom to get the most out of every virtual event (#nomorebadzoom) and how a VA can charge more as a Zoom Producer. Robbie also talks about his relationships with VAs he’s had, the best VAs he’s ever worked with, and how to work with a client like him. 8:48 Robbie lets VAs know how they can make 10x (yes, ten times!!) more than what they usually are paid to be a Zoom Producer.9:48 How a Zoom Strategist is different from a Zoom Producer14:22 What Robbie’s Certified Virtual Event Professional includes, titled The 5% Advantage Program.27:08 Robbie talks about the first VA he worked with28:13 Robbie discusses how AVA’s CEO, Melissa Smith, was his accountability partner31:59 How each VA has made the processes easier in Robbie’s business with SOPs34:54 The one thing every VA should work on39:43 What traits in a VA that Robbie thinks makes an exemplary VA44:00 The biggest difference a VA has made in Robbie’s business and life48:55 Robbie answers his favorite quote, mantra, or philosophy that he tries to run his business by Also, here's a gift from Robbie to our podcast listeners! www.RobbieSamuels.com/9ways - "9 Ways to Network in a Pandemic" Mentioned in this episode:https://the5percentadvantage.com Four-week certification program that helps presenters and meeting professionals grow in their confidence with Zoom, online facilitation, and virtual event design so they can reduce their tech angst and host more engaging online experiences.Nomorebadzoom.com  Free weekly Virtual Happy HourRobbie's TEDx TalkCroissants vs. Bagels by Robbie Samuels (over 200 reviews worldwide)Managing Up by Rosanne Badowski  Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategy coach who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Forbes and Inc, and as an “industry expert in the field of digital event design” by JDC Events. As a Virtual Event Design Consultant and Executive Zoom Producer, he assists organizations with bringing their in-person events strategically online. He runs a four-week program for presenters to become Certified Virtual Event Professionals. He hosts the On the Schmooze podcast and a weekly #NoMoreBadZoom Virtual Happy Hour. To get to know Robbie better:http://www.robbiesamuels.com www.OntheSchmooze.com - Robbie's Podcastwww.linkedin.com/in/robbiesamuels www.twitter.com/robbiesamuels www.facebook.com/robbiesamuelsfan  Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Dec 2020

54 min 13 sec

Most successful people have a morning routine. It's a way to set the intention for the day ahead, to get prepared, or to center yourself. As a way to kick off a new week, Kiri Mohan asked AVA members and LinkedIn what their morning routine was and asked if it has changed since the pandemic. Successful VA's understand the importance of creating a routine and making sure they get their exercise too. As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Dec 2020

9 min 5 sec

Today’s guest is Sarah Noked, founder of Sarah Noked OBM, an Online Business Management Agency where she empowers entrepreneurs and creatives in all stages of business to grow a thriving online business. In this episode, we go into the OBM certification, what the modules consist of within the certification, and what kind of VAs evolve into an OBM.Don’t forget that AVA members get a $350 discount if they sign up for Sarah’s OBM certification through AVA!In this episode… 3:07 What an OBM’s tasks consist of and the differences between VAs and OBMs5:43 Sarah gets into details about what the OBM certification includes in the modules22:15 Not every business needs an OBM. Why is that?29:05 Sarah goes into the time commitment of the OBM Certification33:57 What rates can you charge as an OBM? 54:17 Sarah talks about evolving from a VA to an OBM55:28 Sarah talks about how she tries to control her emotions when owning a businessSarah works out of her home office in Israel, helping entrepreneurs plan and delegate, implement the right systems, unite virtual teams across the globe, and grow profits to achieve their goals. As one of just three Certified OBM Trainers around the world, Sarah shares her passion for Online Business Management through training and certification courses to empower and educate VAs and OBMs worldwide. Sarah’s website is: https://www.sarahnoked.com/You can connect with her:FB: https://www.facebook.com/sarahnoked Twitter: https://twitter.com/SarahNoked IG: https://www.instagram.com/sarahnoked/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SarahnokedOBM/ LI: https://www.linkedin.com/company/sarahnoked/  Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

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Dec 2020

58 min 31 sec

In this episode, Kiri asks AVA members: If you moved to a VA agency, when did you make that switch and why? Have any of you made a deliberate choice to stay as a single business owner, and why? If you have subcontractors, at what point are you an agency vs a single business owner with support?AVA members loved this question and we have members with an agency talking about why they made their decisions to grow and how they got there. We also get to see the other side of the coin where some members deliberately decide to stay as a single business owner. There is no right or wrong - it's all about your plans for your business and what you are comfortable with.As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members!Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Nov 2020

11 min 42 sec

As Co-founder of ProAssisting, Ethan leverages his 25+ years of experience as a Sr. Executive Assistant as well as Director of Administrative services to lead and manage top-level, remote executive assistants who support and serve their clients ranging from CEOs and C-suite executives to business owners to non-executive board directors to known personalities who want high-level, full-service support but don't need an on-site, full-time employee.In this episode… 1:33 Ethan discusses why ProAssisting decided to use the term Remote Executive Assistants instead of Virtual Assistants for their company5:21 Ethan explains the 3:1 Executive Assistant ratio that is foundational to ProAssisting’s business11:55 “The Velvet No” every EA should practice and instill in their phone conversations19:46 Ethan talks about his life after college, which includes piano lessons and singing, and how that creative side helped his career29:36 How has ProAssisting changed over the years? Ethan talks about the shift from training for EAs to what it is today41:10 Ethan talks about how he finds and hires remote EAs for ProAssisting50:14 Ethan tells you where you can go to apply to work with ProAssisting51:25 The quote Ethan runs his business by that circles back to his mission and high touch hospitalityTo get to know Ethan a ProAssisting better, he suggests you connect with him on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ethanbull/ You can also find them here:https://www.linkedin.com/company/proassisting/https://www.facebook.com/proassisting/https://twitter.com/proassisting Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Nov 2020

54 min 53 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan talks about setting those important boundaries in a virtual assistant business. She relays a personal experience from working with a client in the hospitality business and learns that weekend work is something she will not do again, even for more money. From there, we explore boundaries that other AVA members have which revolves around availability and contracts.Tell us: What boundaries do you have in your VA business? Leave us a comment!We would like some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members! 

Nov 2020

7 min 13 sec

We are so excited to release this episode on Veteran's Day! Get ready for a FUN episode! Latrice Prater is a confident, savvy business woman and also a Navy veteran. With a varied ("crazy") career, she shows you how to just go for it.We salute our veterans today!In this episode...4:17 Latrice talks about her transition from full time corporate office worker to a VA.8:16 Latrice finds clients using Facebook.12:46 She talks about her team and growth.18:14 Learn about a new software! Latrice uses Front (https://frontapp.com/) for her team.23:52 How does Latrice differentiate herself on social media?25:56 Latrice goes into her entire life and career before this point, including her amazing four years in the Navy.39:40 Latrice talks about the point where she realized she wanted to be the one calling the shots and how she started 10 different businesses.43:00 Advice for new VAs who have had a varied career path like hers.50:00 Latrice's favorite quote she runs her business by.Latrice Prater is a wife and mom of 3. She is originally from Washington DC but currently resides in Austin Texas. Latrice is a Military Veteran that believes in authenticity, transparency and communication. She has 5 years of experience as an Executive Assistant in sectors such as Healthcare, Finance, Insurance, Consulting, and Technology. She launched her VA business Latrice Prater & The Digital Solutions Team in February 2020 and began building her team a few short months later, in April. Her first 30 days in business she was able to get 6 clients. She and her team provide virtual support to female CEO's.Latrice's site: www.latricepratereva.comConnect with Latrice:https://www.instagram.com/thevirtualpro/ and https://www.instagram.com/vasupport4her/https://www.facebook.com/virtualsolutionsforher/https://www.linkedin.com/company/latrice-prater-evaLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Nov 2020

56 min 11 sec

Music affects each and every one of us. Some are affected more, some are affected less. This episode is a little bit silly and a little bit of fun.If you could pick one song to define your business, what would it be? Or, if you're starting your VA business, what is one song that you're using to motivate yourself? Tell us in the comments!As always, we would love some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? Send them to ask@associationofvas.com or leave us a comment. If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members! Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Nov 2020

5 min 29 sec

Oxana Romanyuk is founder and CEO of Remote Rockstars® that offers high-end online business management and professional virtual assistant services to visionary entrepreneurs, industry experts, and coaches. Oxana works with her home-grown team of rockstar account managers and virtual assistants, helping entrepreneurs systematize and grow their businesses. Her website is www.remoterockstars.com. In this episode...1:37 Oxana defines what it means to have a "homegrown" team10:42 Oxana talks about her career13:20 Kiri asks about how she became VA and her transition into an agency23:46 Oxana talks about turning away clients that are not a good match29:13 Kiri asks for advice from Oxana for new VAs and she goes into constantly following up to land clients38:17 Oxana tells us her top three favorite business books42:31 Oxana lets listeners know her favorite questions that she tries to run her business byInterested in the books Oxana mentioned in this episode?Mindset, Dr. Carol DweckAtomic Habits, James ClearGuerrilla Marketing, Jay Conrad LevinsonWarren Buffett and the Interpretation of Financial Statements, Mary Buffett and David ClarkShe also recommended joining the newsletter Rat Race Rebellion: https://ratracerebellion.com/To get to know Oxana better, she recommends you meet her here:https://www.instagram.com/remoterockstarshttps://www.facebook.com/remoterockstars https://www.facebook.com/groups/remoterockstarsclub/Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

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Oct 2020

48 min 35 sec

In this episode, Kiri Mohan goes into why she started her VA business in 2014. From there, we explore why other AVA members started their VA business.Tell us: Why do you want to become a VA? Why did you start your VA business?We would like some of our Monday episodes to be a feature where we answer YOUR questions! What are your questions for Kiri (AVA's COO), Melissa (AVA's CEO), or Mimi (AVA's CMO)? If we don't have the answer, we'll pose it to our own members! Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Oct 2020

7 min 12 sec

In this episode, Lizabeth discusses a bit of her Six Sigma training, how she sold her designer bags to start her business, and also touches on how she has failed in business prior to L-12.Lizabeth Wesely-Casella is the Founder and CEO of L-12 Services LLC and a member of AVA. Her firm specializes in internal communications training, online business management, and executive virtual assistance. She is a strategic advisor who helps leaders identify where they can increase efficiency and effectiveness, and overcome challenges related to scaling, process systems breakdown, and workflow management.If you want to connect with Lizabeth, she says the best place to have a conversation is within AVA or LinkedIn.https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizabeth-wesely-casellahttps://www.linkedin.com/company/l12services/https://www.facebook.com/L12Serviceshttps://www.instagram.com/l12services/https://twitter.com/L12servicesLike the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Oct 2020

53 min 52 sec

Melissa, AVA's Founder and CEO, goes into how she began her career as a career assistant, transitioned to a remote assistant, and finally to a VA. From being a VA, she went into matchmaking between clients and VAs, and founded the Association of Virtual Assistants in order to disrupt the VA industry.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Sep 2020

46 min 53 sec

Mimi Klosterman is the owner of Your Virtual Services, a VA company she started in 2009 because she wanted to learn about running a business to teach her children in their homeschool curriculum (and prove to her husband that being a VA is legit).She takes us through her career, how her children have helped in her business, and how she joined the AVA.Like the podcast? Want more with me and your peers? Join the AVA. We’re at associationofvas.com. We’d also love for you to share! You can tag us at @associationofvas on social media. If you’re a virtual assistant who wants to be featured, simply fill out the application on our page. Until next time, stay organized and professional!

Sep 2020

34 min 50 sec