Being a VA is not just about having administrative and productivity skills.

It’s also about understanding how to run a business.

When you need to learn the ‘How to’ for an MS Office or Microsoft 365 application, you could find a manual or invest in a course of online training.

A Simple Way to get Expertise on Tap

Those skills help you to deliver your service to your clients. And the better you get at that, the more efficient you become. The more efficient you are, the more you can earn.

But for many VA’s, the business side can be the one which causes most headaches. The setting up. The marketing. The branding. The sales process. The follow-up. The keeping up to date with the rules and laws. The red tape. GDPR. The bookkeeping and accounting.

There’s a lot to think about.

When you want help you probably tend to ask your network or search online. That can take time, to find the right information and trust the people sharing it (because there’s plenty of drivel and misinformation out there).

It’s one of the reasons I teamed up with my friend, Jo Brianti, to set up Virtually Amazing – The Podcast.

Yes, it’s a way for us to chat about what’s going on and share our tips, for our listeners and for our YouTube viewers.

But it’s also a highly accessible resource for VA’s who want to learn more about the business side of things. Each week, we interview a guest expert. Someone who has knowledge, skills and experience relevant to whatever stage you’re at.

All the big topics get covered.

Do you want to hear from a business expert? We invite a business expert on.

Do you want to learn about successful networking? We chat to a networking expert.

Do you want to get your website sorted? Virtually Amazing talks to a web design expert.

Need some marketing tips? We’ve already hosted several experts, covering topics like blogging and content marketing.

Need some tips on keeping your tech safe and secure? There’s a cast on that.

Need to get to grips with GDPR? It was one of the early episodes we recorded (because we knew so many VA’s wanted help with this tricky topic).

If you’re looking for a simple way to start building your knowledge and understanding of the business side of being a VA, following a podcast is a smart choice.

It’s flexible and in tune with what you do.

You can follow each episode, week by week, or dip into the topics of most interest to you. Set aside an hour or two a fortnight and you’ll rapidly pick up some brilliant tips.

The podcast is a treasure trove of gems, ready for you to explore whenever you wish, wherever you are in the world.

Virtually Amazing has already produced more than 30 episodes and – from the feedback – it seems to be hitting the mark with our audience.

As with my online courses, the podcast is delivered with a couple of specific things in mind.

High-quality sound and high-value content.

A free resource available to any VA who wants to work smarter and be more business-minded.

You can dip into topics from PR to planning.

You can get advice on everything from headshots to staying healthy.

You can hear about the value of mentoring or how to dress with style.

As well as the scores and scores of great tips, the podcast interviews give us an insight into the person behind the expertise. Some of the stories are so inspirational and amazing.

What has been your favourite episode so far? Or is there a topic you would like Jo and I to cover in the future? Comment below or get in touch.

Shelley Fishel

The session was well structured and the explanation was very clear. It was amazing how Shelley managed to squeeze so much info in just one hour and a half! Colin’s support and contributions were also very valuable, and so were “Virtual Veronica”‘s. Thank you for a most interesting and useful training session at the Miss Jones Virtual Summit!

Laura Carizzo- Royal Norwegian Embassy in Argentina

I haven’t used PowerPoint in 20 years, this has really boosted my confidence.

Lyn Parker

Course is packed with so much valuable information in a easy-to-understand and follow language, even for a complete beginner. I can respect the fact that sometimes it’s very hard for an expert to break the information down to basics. but Shelley has done it brilliantly. I was sure that I knew quite a bit but Shelley has proven me wrong even at the very beginning of the basics of PowerPoint. Lessons are short and precise which allowed me to easily transfer the new skill into practice without being overwhelmed and to carry on adding on more with each lesson. I had so many ‘Aha!’ moments and for most of them I couldn’t believe I used to pay graphic designer to do it for me, now, thanks to Shelley, I am looking forward to creating, designing, converting my presentations all by myself!

Iva Freeman – Vertex Human Capital

Shelley was very thorough and knew a lot of tip’s for using Teams, thank you 🙂

James O’Connor – Cavannah Homes

Very informative, constantly getting everyone in the meeting involved, loved every bit of it!

Dylan Teal Hopkins – Cavannah Homes
Fantastic and informative training and great to see all of the exciting functions with Microsoft Teams.
Laura Rigby – The Apprenticeship College
Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.
Leigh Dowling – Innuous

Microsoft Teams One to One Training Session

Shelley was approachable, easy to work with, and agile with answering questions to apply the session to my specific needs

Melissa Marshall – Present Your Science

A course on Outlook had been on the top of my list when Shelley asked VA’s what they wanted to learn.

It was a real case of ‘so that’s how you do it’ or ‘I never knew that’. I have to say that I learnt so many great tips it has definitely improved the way I work in Outlook and my inbox is looking colourful and organised and I can’t wait to share this knowledge with my clients.

Jacqueline Leake – JLeake VA Services – Outlook

A great course with lots of examples and step by step instructions. I can now confidently create infographics and as a bonus, I learnt a lot of new PowerPoint functionality that will enhance all my PowerPoint work and save me so much time.

Jessica Bailey – Integral Resource

I really like Shelley’s courses. She has a clear and easy to follow teaching style. In ‘How to Create Fillable Forms’ I’ve learned about the functions of the Developer ribbon which will mean I’ll be able to create a bespoke Returns Form for a client who has an online shop

Freya Henderson – Virtual Office Orkney

Shelley was really clear in her teaching and went at a pace that was helpful to us. We covered all we needed to know to get us started, as a small team, using MS Teams. She was also very helpful in the run up to the session, with check in calls and ensuring our platform was set up correctly. I would highly recommend Shelley to anyone wanting to learn to navigate their way around MS Teams.

Sarah Clements – Inuous

Absolutely superb course, easy to follow and to refer back whilst putting it all into practice! I was unaware of the extent you can customise a presentation and it’s just made me want to know more – what’s next Shelley?

Denise Williams

I thought I had a pretty good grasp of Outlook until I did this course! In her videos, Shelley is clear and concise, and the language she uses is straightforward and jargon-free. Each module is broken down into manageable chunks, which helps keep your attention and means the course is easy to fit in around other commitments. I’ve created email templates and implemented rules that are already saving me time, and as all the other things I’ve learnt start to become second nature, the positive impact on my efficiency is fast becoming clear. This course has been incredibly beneficial and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to strengthen their skills and boost productivity.

Pip Doleman VA

I thought I knew Powerpoint really well, but I wanted to specifically learn how to use Powerpoint to create better infographics, easily and quickly. Shelley explains everything in a very logical and clear way, so I understood everything the first time I heard it. The most useful thing I learnt was that Powerpoint can do so much more than I thought it could. By also using the short cuts that Shelley showed me I am much quicker than I have ever been and I thought I was already quick!

Susan Marot

Shelley Fishel of Tomorrow’s VA has a wealth of experience in Microsoft Office. I met her in person 2 years ago at the PA Show in London. I also saw her in action in a fab workshop and knew she was the whizz that everyone had told me she was. I have since bought a lifetime access to her HUB and all the courses in there are a MUST if you are a VA on a mission. The courses will give you confidence in all the Office 365 components and will catapult you to dizzy heights

Alex Hughes