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The Virtually Awesome Podcast
19 minutes | Sep 27, 2019
Introducing The On Purpose Podcaster: Establishing Your Authority in an Industry Where Podcasting Isn't a Thing
Podaminos, Allow me to introduce you to our new podcast home, The On Purpose Podcaster. Today you'll hear one of the first episodes released on the new feed, with new episodes dropping each week. The Virtually Awesome Podcast feed will close at the end of October 2019, so if you love feminist, holistic podcasting goodness please come and subscribe to the new show in your favorite podcast app! Contact Ashleigh FB @evokemediaAU Email firstname.lastname@example.org
6 minutes | Sep 21, 2019
The Natural End of The Virtually Awesome Podcast
Podaminos, this show is coming to its natural end. This is the last, final episode that will be shared here and a new podcast will take its place focussing entirely on Podcasting - growth, inspiration, motivation, ideas and more. I want to thank everyone who made this podcast possible from the team behind the scenes, to my partner, every guest and every listener. You have been incredible.
14 minutes | Aug 18, 2019
071 | Why We Podcast with Thought Leaders Business Lab Host Samantha Riley
If you had to start your business all over again from scratch, what's the one thing you would do from day one? For today’s guest Samantha Riley from the Thought Leaders Business Lab Podcast, it’s podcasting! There are so many reasons why anyone would choose to begin a podcast. Sometimes its to teach, to explore a kernel of history, and sometimes its to grow our business and position ourselves as the authority - that’s exactly what today’s guest has used podcasting to do. Meet Samantha Riley Samantha Riley is from the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Australia, and has spent the past 8 years helping people turn their expertise into a thriving business. Everything she teaches is what she’s learned through personal experience while building multiple businesses over the past 26 years. She uses the 3 key principles of positioning, profile and leverage to help people to monetise their expertise, and to become the go-to authority in their industry. Due to her extensive business background, she sees each individual in a unique and holistic way, and is able to help them grow a profitable business to create a life that they love. Connect with Samantha Here: Facebook.com/thesamriley Instagram.com/thesamriley LinkedIn.com/in/samriley Listen to the Thought Leaders Business Lab Podcast Here! https://samanthariley.global/podcast/ Listen on iTunes Find out how to grow a successful business as a thought leader and expert. Join 25-year business veteran Samantha Riley, as she enters the Business Lab, and explores the current business growth and marketing strategies in the three mandatory areas needed to create a successful business - mindset, talent, and people. If you’re looking for inspiration and actionable advice, pop your earbuds in, and join her in the Lab and get ready to grow your business. Connect with Ashleigh here: email@example.com www.facebook.com/armspeakup Instagram: @earwokemedia
9 minutes | Aug 11, 2019
070 | Why We Podcast with NormalNess Host Vanessa Smith
Podcasting is more than a money-making scheme. For some of us, it feeds and nourishes the soul and soothes and heals our mental and emotional health, and lets our creativity fly! There are endless reasons why we podcast, and in this special mini-series I'm joined by Vanessa Smith from the NormalNess Podcast to ask her: Why she podcasts What she gets out of podcasting Her biggest challenges and; What advice she would give to a new podcaster Who is Vanessa Smith? Vanessa is a personal blogger and podcaster with a massive case of Shiny Object Syndrome - and rather than trying to manage it and keeping it at arms length, she's fully embracing it and delving in deep, investigating why we "should" all over ourselves constantly, and is the author several books including Fuck Should. Connect with Vanessa here: Website: https://normalness.com/about/ Podcast: https://normalness.com/podcast/ Connect with Ashleigh here: Email firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook/IG: @armspeakup
14 minutes | Aug 4, 2019
069 | The Tangible, Spiritual and Personal ROI of Hosting a Podcast
Aloha Podaminos! On today's instalment of the VA Podcast, we're looking at the many an varied benefits YOU get from hosting your own show. You've probably thought about it, and wondered what the ROI looks like, right? I know I certainly had questions before I started out, and this episode is a look at the very real benefits of hosting your own show including: The connections and relationships you form with other incredible thought leaders The trust and relationship you build with your audience and tribe The self-confidence and belief that comes with interviewing others The boost to your reputation Connect with Ashleigh Email: email@example.com Facebook: @speakuparm IG: @speakuparm
18 minutes | Jul 28, 2019
068 | Systems and Templates Got You Freaked Out? I got Your Back, Jack
Does the thought of inventing and creating systems that others preach are the heartbeat of their podcasts make you want to hide under all your blankets never to be heard from again? I know, I know - systems can be freaky and frightening. But take a deep breath because I got your back, Jack. In this episode, we're going to look at FOUR simple and easily implementable templates that you can use for your podcast whether you're an editor working with a steady stream of clients, or a Coach managing a team or just getting started - these simple systems will give you the freedom to keep on doing what you do best! G-Suite for Business is one of the tools I recommend in this episode and if you'd like to receive 20% off your first year of using G-Suite! Sign up and get those systems tamed here: https://refergsuite.app.goo.gl/MoSZ Curious about the Podcast Master Class? Ask any questions you have, or sign up by emailing Ashleigh at firstname.lastname@example.org Join the Virtual Co-Working sessions each Monday at 11am AEST by RSVP'in to the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143786552479537/
14 minutes | Jul 21, 2019
067 | "But I CAN'T Start a Podcast, it Costs Too Much." and other baloney.
Aloha Podaminos and VA's! Today we're debunking the myth that you must buy a certain kind of microphone and you must spend a nutty amount of dosh on fancy equipment before you even record yourself for the time. We're looking at the real equipment costs and when to upgrade your tools of the trade, including REAL dollar amounts! Contact Ashleigh email@example.com FB @armspeakup IG @armspeakup
12 minutes | Jul 14, 2019
066 | Does Speaking Up Mean Public Speaking?
Podaminos, We need to talk about the many ways you can speak up without being a public speaker. Speaking up doesn't always mean you have to get up on stage and speak to a huge crowd. Sometimes, it's in the way we live our lives and the example we set for those around us! Contact Ashleigh firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook @armspeakup
85 minutes | Jul 7, 2019
065 | BONUS EPISODE | Good Girls Don't Explore Their Sexuality
Podaminos and Va's you are in for a TREAT! This is a special bonus episode from our sister podcast, Good Girls Don't, featuring myself and co-host Verity Mansfield and guest, Amy Towle from Temple of She. This is a powerful episode that tackles the taboo nature of sexuality and the female orgasm - Amy is a Yoni Masseus helping women to unlock their sexuality and explore themselves removing shame from the equation.
20 minutes | Jun 30, 2019
064 | Sanity Saving Boundaries for Virtual Assistants
Have you ever woken up and checked your phone only to find about a bazillion notifications from clients demanding you respond to them ASAP? Have you ever checked those notifications to find they were sent at ungodly hours? It doesn't feel good to start your workday feeling three miles behind the starting line. In fact, it's downright BAD for your mental health and productivity. So how can we set firm boundaries with clients or potential clients? In this episode, I'm going to share some horror-stories, and excellent free tools and tips to save your sanity and help you and your business flourish! Do you have a question for Ashleigh to answer? Email it through to email@example.com and it just might be featured on an upcoming episode! Join Ashleigh for Virtual Co-Working here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1143786552479537/ We'd love you to leave us a rating and review in your favorite podcast app - if you do, it might just make it to an upcoming episode!
16 minutes | Jun 23, 2019
063 | Why I Quit Networking
Ah, networking. The bee in the bonnet of many an entrepreneur. Today I’m sharing with you why I quit my formal networking group - from period pain to the pressures of money changing hands, all with practical tips for you to consider before you sign on the dotted line and join a group. In this episode, I mentioned another Podcast you might be interested in listening that goes into much more depth on the benefits and drawbacks of joining a networking group - so here it is! Business Networking By Design by Kellie Briggs #018 My Experiences with BNI Connect with Ashleigh here: Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/armspeakup Instagram: @earwokemedia
18 minutes | Jun 16, 2019
062 | Where to Begin When You Don't Know Where to Begin
You’ve got a new laptop. You’ve got an internet connection. But… now what? Where do you even begin with this whole online business gig?! Today we’re talking about the first steps to starting your online business as a VA and the common miss-steps we make like turning our business into another version of our corporate life and saying YES to everything. In this episode we’re covering three things you need to have sorted before you get your first client: Your online presence Your business operations Your skills Having each of these mapped out will save you oodles of time, money, prevent burn out and disaster. So, what are you waiting for?
12 minutes | Jun 9, 2019
061 | Truth Time: Do You Hate Your Voice?
"Little girls should be seen and not heard." "You shouldn't be talking about that." "Stop being such a gossip." All those iterations we hear growing up tell us over and over again that we shouldn't use our voices and speak up. But they aren't true. Our voices SHOULD be used to speak truth to power an we should be confident in our own unique sound. But hat happens if you hate the way you do sound? What if the idea of hearing your own voice played back to you makes you so sweat through your clothes and your belly churn? Stick with me kid I gotchu. email@example.com www.facebook.com/armspeakup Instagram: @earwokemedia Join our free Facebook Community here: bit.ly/podcasterscollective
34 minutes | Jun 2, 2019
060 | Embrace Your Inner Weirdo with Hannah Dixon
Hannah is a thought leader and mentors new Virtual Assistants to begin their digital nomad lifestyle. Hannah isn’t your typical Virtual Assistant. She’s quirky, she hasn’t been home for more than a decade, she’s got strong political views and causes she cares about and she doesn’t buy into the straight-white-dude-teaching SEO-in-Thailand hype. She’s feisty, wise, and lets her freak flag fly loudly and proudly. If you’ve ever been worried that you won’t be accepted by the cool kids in the business, this is for you. Hannah is here to help you embrace your weird and how it magnetizes the right people to you.
18 minutes | May 19, 2019
059 | BONUS Live Recording from Artful Business Conference 2019 with Dawn Lewis
Bonus Live Recording at the 2019 Artful Business Conference with Dawn Lewis from The Craft Room Podcast! Welcome to The Craft Room Podcast, and if this is your first time listening, a special welcome to you. A few weeks ago I attended The Artful Business Conference in Adelaide here in Australia. I love this conference … it is for people with creative businesses, and at any given time you can be sitting next to a writer, a jewellery maker, a yoga instructor, an accountant, a business coach, a graphic designer, a bridal accessory designer, a virtual assistant … it’s just amazing! While I was there, surrounded by so many incredibly creative people, I thought I’d ask a few of them three simple questions. I had an idea of how this episode would go, but the answers that these incredible women gave me were not at all what I was expecting. In hindsight, I don’t know why I was expecting run-of-the-mill answers … I should know by now that creative people are going to give me creative answers. They did not disappoint … they actually knocked me back on my heels, and this episode is going to be different, and so much deeper than I had intended! Craft is seen to be this frivolous thing that women do, faffing about with fabric, yarn and thread. But that’s far from true. First of all, craft is not exclusively for women, and what crafters do is so much more than making pretty things to pass the time. Absolutely we make tangible things. We can give them as gifts, use them to keep warm, decorate our homes, sell them for some extra cash … and those are all fine reasons to engage in crafting activities. But the real reason we craft goes so much deeper than that. Today I want to introduce you to five wonderful ladies who were feeling game enough to answer my three quick questions. You’ll hear me ask each of them … 1. What’s your day job? 2. What is your craft / creative pursuit of choice? 3. What do you get from this? Some of them I have known for a few years, some for a few months, others I just met. Some are older than me, some younger, some about the same. Some enjoy the same crafts as me, others are into things that aren’t quite my scene, or that are still on my to-do list. All of them are amazing at what they do professionally, and having seen some of their work in person, it’s not surprising that they are great at what they do creatively as well.
32 minutes | May 12, 2019
058 | The Money Series | Are You Underselling Yourself? with Hannah Dixon
In this episode, our host Ashleigh Rae interviews Hannah Dixon about money. Hannah starts the episode off with informing us about Virtual Assistants and the issues they have with underselling and underpricing. She explains why she believes VA’s have this mindset, and shares her opinion on the matter. Hannah gives us some advice on setting our prices, and what we need to consider. Hannah gives us her formula to help us calculate what our rates should be, and encourages us to embrace our prices. She also talks about living out of our means and making more money than we think we should, because there’s nothing wrong with profit. Both Ashleigh Rae and Hannah assure us that, with our businesses, taxes are a good thing, because that means our business is successful! Hannah shares with us her first freelancing gig, how the experience was, and how it shifted her mindset. Who is Hannah Dixon? Hannah is a Virtual Assistant, a Mentor, and a strategist. Considered a thought leader, she has helped over 8,000 millennials have a location independent business. Connect with Ashleigh here firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/armspeakup Instagram: @earwokemedia Join our free Facebook Community here: bit.ly/podcasterscollective This podcast is recorded on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, and I would like to acknowledge them as the traditional owners of this land. I would also like to pay my respects to their elders; past, present, and emerging. This podcast is a production of Ear Woke Media
11 minutes | May 5, 2019
057 | Where the F*ck Have We Been?!
Hello VA's and Podjunkies, We're back after what feels like an age with a quick update for you on what's happening - the big news and the evolution of business and podcasts. Enjoy this little snippet, and prepare for some stellar interviews and a special bonus episode from the Good Girls Don't Podcast coming up soon! Want to Get in Touch? Email email@example.com FACEBOOK COMMUNITIES The Bravery Collective The VA Collective Ear Woke Media is on Instagram and Facebook
44 minutes | May 1, 2019
056 | The Money Series: WTAF is Cash Flow? Do I Have to Be an Adult About It? w/ Craig Bull from Knox Taxation
Our host Ashleigh Rae is joined by Craig Bull in another installment of The Money Series, to talk about the awkward, often neglected topic of Cash Flow... About Craig: He's awesome. But for real, here's what you need to know - this guy knows his stuff. Craig holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and has qualifications in Finance and Economics. He has 9 years of experience in public practice, and currently is the Senior Accountant and Client Manager at Knox Taxation. Craig explains to us what cash flow is, the importance of cash flow, and how it affects the economy. He helps us out by giving us some important advice about structuring cash flow in our own businesses. He discusses the advantages that accounting programs provide us for payment systems, and names a few for us, like Quickbooks, that can help us with things like reminders. Craig advises us to be upfront about the prices from the beginning, and gives us tips about organizing our invoices, possibly uploading them into programs, and having up to date accounts. Ashleigh and Craig both agree that it’s important to make sure that what you’re charging is an appropriate amount for you and your services. If you’re doing a great job, then it won’t matter that your prices are higher, and this helps with your cash flow in your business. Craig gives us a few helpful pointers in determining the prices we should set for our services, and what we should be considering. Ashleigh ends the episode advising us about managing our money, and Craig has some useful insight to add. If you’re interested in learning more about cash flow, tune into this episode! And if you’re interested in more of the Virtually Awesome podcast, and connecting with the podcast, check out the links below! Extra Awesome Sauce “Cash flow revolves around money, so it’s when you receive the money, and it’s also your outflows as well. To have good cash flow, you need to have more money coming into your bank accounts and less money going out.” - Craig “The advantages of going into some of these cloud software that you can get access to these days is that there’s a whole range of ways you can pay.” - Craig “Your client, they’re gonna be so much happier going in knowing what they’re in for and what they can expect, rather than getting an unwelcome surprise.” - Ashleigh Connect with Craig: https://www.knoxtax.com.au/craig-bull/ LinkedIn - Craig Bull https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-bull-b585004b Connect with the Ashleigh: firstname.lastname@example.org www.facebook.com/virtuallyashleighawesomeservices Click Here to Check Out The Podcast Start Up Program Click Here for Artful Business Conference Tickets and Info This Podcast is produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri People and we would like to acknowledge them as the traditional custodians. We also wish to pay our respects to their elders past, present and emerging.
35 minutes | Mar 27, 2019
055 | The Money Series: How to Price Yourself Beautifully
Ashleigh has returned from Perth and starts out by sharing some of her experience and some things that she has noticed. She encourages business owners to travel for business, even if it’s only a short distance. Ashleigh Rae also talks about business people and the fear of charging, and encourages us to charge a price that’s fair to us, and assures us that it’s okay for our prices to change. She shares with us how she started with her business, and what she looked at. Our host tells us the two ways to charge: by the hour and outcome-based, and the method that she prefers to use. She encourages her aspiring VA listeners to check out the VA Launchpad, which is a 12-week program. Awesome Nuggets: “What I noticed is this amazing energy and freedom that comes with realizing that travel can be a really beautiful part of your business.” “I decided that there was absolutely no way in hell I was ever going to be paid less than what I had earned in my last job.” “No matter where you’re at, it’s not all profit. You do need to leave some left over to reinvest back into your business.” Learn More About the VA Launch Pad: https://vapodcastacademy.thinkific.com/courses/va-launch-pad Join the Virtual Assistant Collective FB Community www.facebook.com/groups/vacollective
29 minutes | Feb 13, 2019
054 | The Money Series: The Dark Side of Money
When you receive any kind of Government welfare benefits, how do you feel about it? Are you proud to share that as a source of your income, or ashamed and like you could NEVER say how you pay your bills? Today we're diving into the Dark Side of Money: Debt, mistakes, receiving welfare benefits and the stigmas that surround it. This episode might bring up some uncomfortable truths and feelings for you, and if it does please take the time you need and seek the support you need to work through it - and know that this podcaster is here cheering you on to be your best, awesome self. Come and play in the Podcasters Collective: www.facebook.com/groups/podcasterscollective
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