7 episodes

A weekly podcast for VAs by VAs hosted by Ingrid Bayer and Melissa Patterson from VA Institute covering everything you need to know to build a successful and profitable Virtual Assistant business in today's changing world.

Futureproof your Career VA Institute

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A weekly podcast for VAs by VAs hosted by Ingrid Bayer and Melissa Patterson from VA Institute covering everything you need to know to build a successful and profitable Virtual Assistant business in today's changing world.

    Mindset is everything p2

    Mindset is everything p2

    In the previous episode, Mel and Ingrid talked about having an entrepreneurial mindset and the benefits it can bring to your personal and entrepreneurial life. But, apart from this, it is also important to have a positive mindset in all aspects of our life. In this conversation, we are going to talk about the things you can do to have a positive mindset, as well as the changes you can implement in your life to make this happen. 

     

    In this episode:
    What is a positive mindset?
    The importance of a positive mindset. 
    Things we can implement to have a positive mindset. 
    One tool that can change your mindset very quickly. 
    What you can do when you have negative thoughts. 
    Ingrid and Melissa tell us about their ideal days. 
    Switching off technology. 

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

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    • 28 min
    Mindset is everything p1

    Mindset is everything p1

    An entrepreneurial mindset is a key element of building a fantastic VA business, or any business for that matter. This is what we are focusing on in this conversation. This is the first episode of a 2-part conversation where Mel and Ingrid talk about how an entrepreneurial and positive mindset go hand in hand in your personal and entrepreneurial life. 

     

    In this episode:
    The definition of an entrepreneurial mindset. 
    Why having an entrepreneurial mindset is so important. 
    Talking about skill scales and personality scales. 
    Using the assessment to improve your work and business. 
    Ingrid and Melissa share their assessment results. 
    Aligning your mission and vision with what you do. 

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 22 min
    What exactly is a VA

    What exactly is a VA

    Do you want to become a VA? In this episode, Ingrid and Melissa talk about the nuts and bolts of what VAs do. They discuss the things you need to start, the initial costs, and the collaborative nature of the people in the industry. They also share how business owners can use VAs in their companies to make their lives and businesses better. If you are looking to become a VA or are about to start in the industry, listen to this episode to find out more. 

     

    In this episode:
    The definition of a virtual assistant. 
    Starting with what you do best. 
    Excelling despite COVID. 
    How to become and start as a VA. 
    Key element of having a winning business. 
    The things you need to run a VA business. 
    Initial business costs to expect when starting. 
    An overview on the majority of people who enter the VA industry. 
    The collaborative nature of the industry. 
    How business owners can use VAs. 
    Becoming a VA is not for everyone. 

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 33 min
    Secrets of Superstar VAs

    Secrets of Superstar VAs

    What does it take for you to become a superstar VA? In this episode, Melissa and Ingrid list down the secrets of what makes up a superstar VA. It’s a really interesting topic that will help you become the best VA you can be.  We cover all grounds from understanding yourself to understanding your clients. If you want to become a VA that people would love to have, this episode is for you. 

     

    In this episode:
    Knowing your key strengths and weaknesses. 
    Identifying your ideal clients. 
    Understanding your value and what your service brings. 
    Have a plan and strategy to follow. 
    The importance of having a business mindset. 
    Invest in yourself. 
    Understand the importance of client experience. 
    Networking online. 
    Personalize communication with people. 
    Have access to your Positive Mental Attitude Toolkit 

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    Melissa's story

    Melissa's story

    In this episode of Futureproof Your Career Podcast, Melissa is going to share her rocket fuel story. Like mostly everyone else, Melissa started as an employee and then decided to start her own business while being a single parent. It’s a story that a lot of people resonate with and one that will surely inspire you in one way or another. 

     

    In this episode
    Melissa’s single parenting rocket fuel.
    The backstory of her personal and professional life.
    How she discovered Ingrid and the VA Institute.
    Talking about the things that annoy her.
    Her motivation and drive.
    Melissa shares more about her family and pets.
    Her catalyst for getting started in her business.
    How her business has changed since she began.
    Last thoughts from Melissa.

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

     

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    • 36 min
    Ingrid's story

    Ingrid's story

    In this episode of Futureproof Your Career Podcast, we’re going to dive deep into Ingrid Bayer’s story about how and why she started the VA Institute. Working on her business as a side hustle then finally jumping in to work on it full time was a long but fulfilling road for her. You will definitely pick up some learnings and tips from her inspiring journey as a business owner.

     

    In this episode:
    What rocket fuel is for Ingrid.
    Ingrid shares the things she love and annoys her the most.
    Talking about her family, support system, and pets.
    The types of work she has done in her life.
    Advice for people who want to enter the VA world.
    The deep story behind why and how she started her business VA Institute.
    Hardest thing about getting her business off the ground.
    Having guidance around building her business.
    Changes her business has gone through since starting.
    What floats her boat at the moment.
    Final thoughts from Ingrid.

     

    Links:
    Virtual Assistant Network(Australia) Facebook Group
    VA Institute Email
    VA Institute Website

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 37 min

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