THE must-listen podcast for Virtual Assistants!


Starting a virtual assistant business can be super overwhelming, but don’t worry – we've got your back!

Listen in to hear the best insights, ideas and steps to take so you too can have a thriving VA biz that works for you – and not the other way around! 

Listen to the full episodes on your favourite podcast player by searching for 'The Sam + Jo VA Show' or click below.



We say farewell to clients for a number of reasons … some good (they’ve outgrown us) and some bad (you're not a great fit).

But no matter the reason for saying adios, there is a serious of steps you need to take in order to off-board your client successfully and professionally.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Whether or not you should stick to your notice period.
  • What you’ll need to hand back on your last day.
  • What to do if your client is leaving on bad terms.
  • When to provide a refund.

The Queen of selling with confidence Natalie Tolhopf is the perfect guest for us to learn the tips and tricks to finding your secret sauce, ditching the self-doubt and finding the confidence to finally stop chasing ALL the shiny objects out there hoping that something will stick when it comes to selling your services and growing your biz.

In this episode you’ll learn:·       

  • How to get comfortable with selling yourself.
  • Why you need to be deliberately repelling clients.
  • How introverts can put themselves out there.
  • What your secret sauce is.

Natalie Tolhopf

Business coach, Author, Podcaster, Speaker and staunch supporter of our VA community, Natalie Tolhopf teaches women in business how to drop the self-sabotage and take consistent imperfect action to sell with confidence and grow their businesses!

Nat’s Coaching & Book:

The Confidence Collection: Get the tools and the clarity that you need to hit the next level in your biz.

Allergic To Perfect: How to ditch your doubt and take imperfect action to grow your biz

Connect with Nat:






Looking to gain credibility and add legitimacy to your VA biz?

Desperate to appear page one of Google and get thousands of eyes on your business?

Working hard to improve your website’s SEO?

These are all reasons to get yourself featured on a high ranking online directory.

A legitimate online directory listing can get countless eyes on your business each month, but it’s up to YOU to make your first impression count.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • Why online directory listings improve your SEO.
  • How to make the best first impression thanks to a well thought out directory listing.
  • Why all your directory listings shouldn’t be the same.

Check out the NZ VA Online Directory here. 

When it comes to following up new leads after a sales call or consultation the majority of virtual assistants we speak to give up after only 1 attempt.

Well-paying, regular clients are literally slipping through your fingers due to not following up at all, or not enough.

What a waste!

Given 80% of sales take between 5 and 12 follow up calls or emails we’d put money on the fact there is at least 1 follow-up call you could be making right now!

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Why having a follow-up process in place will put you ahead of the pack.
  • How to follow up persistently without being a nuisance.
  • Which communication channels are the best to use when following-up a new lead.

Looking for a lucky break in your virtual assistant biz?


All those VAs out there running profitable businesses, bringing in clients they love working with and providing services that fill them with joy are NOT successful because of luck.

Do the work. Put in the time. Learn the skills. Step out of your comfort zone.

Because luck has NOTHING to do with it.

Did you know it costs approximately five times more to attract a new client than it does to retain an existing one?

We see many VAs putting a lot of time and energy into networking, marketing and promoting themselves in order to find shiny new clients, with very little thought about how they plan on keeping their current ones happy, thus ensuring they stick around long term.

So not only does shifting your focus to keeping your current clients satisfied make financial sense, but we all know that a happy client often means lots of lovely referrals.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • The 12 sure fire ways to lose clients.
  •  Why following the ‘OARBED’ model is key to managing your reactions during tricky client situations.
  • That clear and consistent communication with your clients and new leads needs to be at the top of your priority list.

Join the Members Club to fast track your VA journey with done-for-you templates, tutorials and support from us!

There are three options for virtual assistants first starting out who are looking to gain experience in order to get clients.

Spoiler alert!

Option #3 is our favourite, go-to route to take, and the one we both personally used when launching our own VA businesses many moons ago.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • The three options for gaining experience.
  • Why boundaries are vital when offering discounted rates.
  • Why confidence is holding you back.

Join the Members Club to fast track your VA journey with done-for-you templates, tutorials and support from us!

Being a successful business owner means having to have tough conversations, and one of the toughest you’ll have as a VA is when the time comes to fire a client.

There are a number of reasons why we have to be proactive and timely when it comes to saying a final goodbye to clients that are no longer a great fit.

But no matter the reason for saying farewell, Au revoir or addio, the good news is that you’re opening up space for a better fit client to come into your life.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How to know when it’s time to fire a client.
  • The dos and do nots of firing clients.
  • Why it’s just not worth going ‘below the line’.

Join the Members Club to fast track your VA journey with done-for-you templates, tutorials and support from us!


No matter the environment you’re in, coming across as desperate is not a look you want to be wearing.

It’s time to treat potential clients the same way as you would someone you’d fancy going on a first date with.

Business owners looking to outsource aren’t dumb. They are quick to judge and can gage accurately if you are just wanting any old job, not caring whether or not you’re actually going to be the right fit for their biz.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • Why business is just like dating (but without the smooching)
  • Why being everywhere and offering everything to everyone is losing you clients.
  • Why you need to stop being lazy in Facebook groups.

Join the Members Club to fast track your VA journey with done-for-you templates, tutorials and support from us!

We had a really interesting chat with a VA during Summit Week 2021.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t getting any new leads. 

This VA shared with us that she’s already taken our advice, and that she’s ticked all of our boxes on how to find clients. It just wasn't working for her.

It was time for us to take a deeper look at things.

We checked out her LinkedIn profile, her website, her social media accounts and having chatted with her face-to-face we got a good idea of how she was coming across when meeting people.

It got us thinking.

Our systems are proven to work. When done well they work 100% of the time.

So if you’re a VA who is still struggling to get clients DESPITE taking all of our advice then there’s something not quite right.

You may be saying you’re doing it all, but we’re here to tell you that you aren’t.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • Why you still aren’t getting clients.
  •  The mistakes you don’t even realise you’re making online.
  • How to make a great first impression in networking groups.
  • Why VAs should treat '90s clip art like it’s got COVID-19.

 Shout out to Kajabi VA Kate MacGregor for requesting this topic!

If you’ve never done it before, working with a sub-contractor can be overwhelming.

We’ve taken the overwhelm away by sharing with you the exact process and tool Jo uses when handing over work to her team of 20+ VAs.

It’s a tried and tested system, and one that Jo has perfected over the past decade.

You’re welcome!

In this episode you’ll learn:     

  • The best tools to help streamline the handover process
  • Things that can go wrong
  • How to sell the concept to clients

Shout out to Kajabi VA Kate MacGregor for requesting this topic!

If you’ve never done it before, working with a sub-contractor can be overwhelming.

We’ve taken the overwhelm away by sharing with you the exact process and tool Jo uses when handing over work to her team of 20+ VAs.

It’s a tried and tested system, and one that Jo has perfected over the past decade.

You’re welcome!

In this episode you’ll learn:     

  • The best tools to help streamline the handover process
  • Things that can go wrong
  • How to sell the concept to clients

The 2021 Virtual Assistant Summit was EPIC! (if we do say so ourselves haha).

Bringing together 15 international speakers at the top of their game, for a live and interactive 5 day online event for hundreds of VAs from across the globe, is a pretty mammoth undertaking. 

But we bloody well did it!

And we did it in style thanks to our amazing speakers, some pretty mad organisational skills, and our new favourite tool ... Airmeet!

You'll be pleased to know we’ll be doing it all again 14 – 18 February 2022! So lock the dates in your diaries NOW people! 

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • How to run an online Summit
  • Our key takeaways from the 2021 VA Summit
  • What we’d do differently
  • Why we chose Airmeet

If you missed out on attending this year’s Summit, it’s not too late to watch the recordings! Get access now.

 Over the years we’ve both worked hard at individually creating the perfect virtual assistant businesses for US. 

Successful businesses that suit our very unique business and life goals, family commitments and personality types.

We all start out with great intentions, but it’s easy to lose track along the way of WHY we got into the VA biz in the first place.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • Why your ‘WHY’ is so important.
  • How to create a VA business that is perfect for YOU (not Bob from across the road).

We hear (and see!) some shocking advice given to both aspiring and established virtual assistants. 

Advice that comes from a place of wanting to help, but that (in our minds anyway) is off the mark for one reason or another.

Whose advice are you listening to? Do they know the VA industry well? Are they successful VAs themselves?

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • The worst pieces of advice we’re seeing thrown around lately.
  • Who to take advice from.
  •  Who NOT to take advice from.
  •  How much money you should be making in your biz.

First off. If you’re just starting out on your virtual assistant journey You. Do. Not. Need. A. Website.

Now that’s out of the way, we’re going to assume that you’re listening in because:

1.      You’ve been in business for a while;

2.      You’ve already got some regular clients under your belt;

3.     You get regular enquiries coming through via networking & word of mouth referrals; and

4.      You've got some time up your sleeve to figure out why your website isn’t converting its visitors into paying clients.

In this episode you’ll learn:       

  • Who actually needs a website.
  • The reasons your website isn’t converting.
  •  How to improve your SEO.

Have you called your own phone lately?

A funny question for us to be asking … right?


Making a great first impression starts with the basics. And it doesn’t get more basic than your phone’s voice mail message.

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • What new leads expect to hear when you can’t answer the phone.
  • Why you could be losing out on new clients due to your current voice mail message. 

Are you sick and tired of clients not paying you on time?

We don’t blame you!

Having to chase consistently late payers, month after month after month, is costing you time AND money.

This is not acceptable behaviour. You deserve better! It’s time to nip it in the bud … right now!

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • The simple tactics to get clients to pay immediately.
  • Why following up late payers is key.
  • When to let clients go.

You’ve probably heard the saying “A goal without a plan is just a wish”? Well … it’s trueeee!

Having a plan written down on paper, with goals that are measurable and actionable, helps you focus and keeps you moving forward in order to grow.

It’s time to give those VA business dreams of yours an actual shot at becoming a reality by getting your ‘plan’ on!

In this episode you’ll learn:·        

  • Why all VAs should have a business plan
  • Simple steps for planning

Let's face it, a flexible lifestyle is the ultimate goal for all of us and one of the main reasons that you became virtual assistants BUT how many you have inadvertently created something that feels more like a burden.

Don't worry though because you are in complete control and with the right strategies, you can turn things around and get that flexibility back.

In this episode, you’ll learn:·        

  • The business models that can support a truly flexible lifestyle
  • Why knowing your 'why' is so important
  • The services to offer or avoid
  • How to set expectations so you can take holidays


Giving your time away for free means you’ll soon be on the fast-track to burn-out AND your dream VA business will most likely end up a non profitable one.

In fact, Sam + Jo would put money on the fact that a lot of our VA community aren’t even aware of just how much time they aren’t charging out for.  

What you’ll learn:·        

  • How you’re giving away your time for free without even realising it.
  • The tools and habits that will prevent overwhelm and burnout.
  • Why doing freebies for friends, family and not-for-profits isn’t always a great idea.

Check out the Members Club to fast track your virtual assistant journey.

Sam + Jo see this All. The. Time.

Women (and men!) failing to launch their VA businesses as they can’t afford the latest laptop, office rent, accounting subscription, qualification, fancy logo and professionally designed website.

Breaking news peeps! You can absolutely get started with the bare minimum of tech, tools and subscriptions.

In fact, anything not on Sam + Jo’s must-have list is just going to hold you back.

What you’ll learn:·        

  • The must-have FREE tools that won’t cost you a penny.
  • The bare minimum must-haves you ACTUALLY need (it’s a short list).
  • Why everything else on your list can wait.
Should you ask your clients to sign a contact? YES, YES, YES! 

A hundred times YES!

Virtual assistants should never, EVER start work until a contract (aka Service Agreement) is signed by their clients.

Sam + Jo are incredibly passionate about this as they have seen first-hand what can happen if you don’t.

What you’ll learn:·        

  • The reasons your clients should always sign a contract.
  • The types of things your contract should include.

If you're in New Zealand and looking for a robust Contract then check out the Service Agreement Template available over on the VANNZ website

It's an affordable and ROBUST legal document created by a team of lawyers specifically for NZ Virtual Assistants. 


We get asked frequently how virtual assistants should be showcasing their work – and what types of projects they should be including.

It's a common question because everyone knows having a standout portfolio is a powerful thing to have under your belt, and done well, it has the potential to knock the socks off new leads!

What you’ll learn:·        

  • Why not all VAs need portfolios
  •  How best to showcase your work
  •  What not to include in a portfolio
  •  How to take your portfolios to the next level! 
In the lead-up to the holiday season many virtual assistants are stressing and wracking their brains to pick the perfect end of year thank you gifts for their regular clients.


Because building meaningful relationships with your clients is proven to increase referrals and means higher retentions rates. 

And showing them your care about them and their business is part of achieving this.

HOWEVER, there is no point breaking the bank and going into the red in order to show your appreciation and loyalty.

In this episode, you’ll learn Sam + Jo’s favourite (and simple!) ways to love your clients throughout the year that don’t have to cost the earth.


Most of us are familiar with this well-known quote by Anne Lamott:

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes … Including you.”

But despite knowing it to be true, burnout is VERY real in the VA world. 

In fact, it’s certainly one of the main reasons VAs return to their 9 – 5.

The good news is that balancing your workload can absolutely prevent virtual assistant exhaustion!

In this episode Sam + Jo share their top 5 ways to get that balance right to keep you in the VA game.


Becoming a sub-contractor for an already established VA business is not only a great way for those new to the VA world to gain some experience, it’s the route many VAs go down who have no interest in the work involved to find their own clients.

And with the VA industry in the midst of a pandemic BOOM, there’s been a huge increase in VAs looking to growing their teams.

What you’ll learn:·        

  • The expectations VA business owners have of their sub-contractors.
  • Common fears established VAs have around growing their teams.
  • What to expect as a sub-contractor (from pricing to the interview process and everything in between).


Don’t make your first impression a last impression!

That very first consultation/discovery call with a new lead is your time to shine! 

In fact, your #1 priority is to make that potential client walk away knowing you’re a professional business owner who WANTS to work with them.

Sam + Jo have heard first hand some seriously shocking stories of VAs making the WORST first impressions imaginable, and although we got a wicked case of the giggles whilst recording this episode, underneath the laughter are some serious warnings.

What you’ll learn:

  • What you need to do to prepare for a Zoom call with a lead
  • Why making a poor first impression is a wasted opportunity
  • What not to do during a Zoom meeting


First impressions count online, and a bad first impression it all it takes for a potential client to head elsewhere.

But standing out online can be daunting, especially when you look around at other VAs who seem to be nailing it.

In this episode you'll learn the 10 actionable steps you can take RIGHT NOW to improve your online presence. 


Don’t worry! VAs are NOT leaving the industry in droves! However, many are shying away from using the title ‘Virtual Assistant’. 

Love it or hate it, the term ‘VA’ is one that is easily recognisable and is a search term that business owners are typing into Google right now.

Sam + Jo discuss the pros and cons of using such a broad (and sometimes undervalued) title and why being overly clever when naming your business can back-fire.

What you’ll learn:·        

  • Why VAs are ditching their job title?
  • Should you join them?
  • The reasons to keep calling yourself a virtual assistant


After listening to this episode on the differences between a Virtual Assistant and an Online Business Manager, we think there will be more than a few of you saying “WTF! I’m already an OBM but never realised it!”.

What you’ll learn:

  • That you may already be an OBM
  • The differences between a VA and an OBM
  • That it might be time to raise your rates


Established VA business owners around the globe are right this second searching for sub-contractors to join their growing teams.

In this episode, Sam + Jo share with you the do's and do nots if you’re wanting to stand out from the crowd, make a great first impression and get hired by a Virtual Assistant agency.

What you’ll learn:·        

  • The best ways to approach VA business owners
  • How to make a good impression
  • What makes a good first impression
  • Whether you should let your personality shine though


Like a lot of things in the virtual assistant industry, there is no one-size-fits-all timeline of how long it takes to become a VA.

Some manage it in a matter of hours. For others it’s weeks – months even.

But we’re going to let you in on a not-so-secret secret … having a launch party, designing your website, hiring an office space, and even registering your business name isn’t what makes you a bona fide VA. 

It may seem very anticlimactic and not very official, but you become a VA the very first time a client pays you for your services!

What you’ll learn in this episode:·

  • The things that will speed up creating an in-demand VA biz
  • The things that will hold you back from becoming a VA
  • The bare minimum tools and equipment you need to get your VA biz started

Once upon a time Sam + Jo were asked by a member of the VA community whether it was possible to earn a 6 figure income as a VA.

A pretty innocent question right? Who knew the responses this query would receive in the Savvy School Facebook group would be quite so polarising!

If you’re looking to make more money as a virtual assistant, then value based pricing is the way to go, and Sam + Jo’s chat with pricing expert Natalie Coombe is a must listen-to episode.

Natalie Coombe

Natalie Coombe empowers women entrepreneurs, running client-serving businesses, to sort out their pricing so they can finally pay themselves what they're worth.

As a single-mum-by-choice running her own online business, Natalie understands first hand the challenges women entrepreneurs face when setting up and scaling their own business.

Today Natalie works 1:1 and runs an online 6 week programme How To Nail Your Pricing And Pay Yourself What You're Worth teaching women entrepreneurs how to pay themselves what they're worth, without burning out in the process.






Wouldn’t you just love the opportunity to peek inside the mind of a potential client to see what it is they REALLY want when looking for their right-fit VA?

Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker, Coach and Podcaster Natalie Sisson has been outsourcing to virtual assistants for almost 10 years - with both good and bad experiences.

Sam + Jo sat down with Natalie for a very honest chat to find out exactly what it is that most potential leads are looking for, how to make the BEST impression, and what you need to do in order to keep them coming back.

What you'll learn:

  • How to wow your client after a sales call
  • Why saying no actually builds a better client relationship
  • Tips for being proactive and using your initiative
  • How to impress the pants off your new client
  • How to show your credibility even without any clients
  • What not to say in a sales call

Check out Natalie's $10K Club and her Launch Your Damn Course Accelerator 


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When it comes to transitioning from a 9-5 job to your new VA venture, there are a range of different options to choose from. 

In this episode, Sam + Jo discuss the five options in detail, the pros & cons of each, and share which routes they personally took.

But remember – there really is no right or wrong way. 

Only you can decide what’s best for you, your family and your personal financial circumstances.


Is there such a thing as too many VAs? We’re currently witnessing a never-seen-before growth in the number of new VAs entering the market, which is undoubtedly causing worry the industry will become over-saturated.

But there’s actually an incredible upside to this COVID-19 VA boom we’re experiencing right now.


Sam + Jo often talk about the key to finding clients is building meaningful relationships.

Most Virtual Assistants know what it takes to do that successfully through networking, but there are many yet to tap into the huge potential of email marketing.

Expert guest and copywriter extraordinaire Hayley Maxwell shares with us her tips and tricks to nurturing those new leads signing up to your lead magnet or freebie.

Your own email list (or email community as Hayley likes to call it) is just as important as the ones you look after on behalf of your clients, and now is the time to start giving it the love and attention it deserves.

Hayley Maxwell, Website & Email Sequence Copywriter

Thanks to her mad copywriting skills, Hayley helps businesses grow their impact and income with copy that speaks to their dream clients' desires.

Take the stress out of writing your welcome sequence and build meaningful relationships with new subscribers from day one. 

Sign up to Hayley’s Nail Your Nurture Sequence With Ease course

Check out Hayley here:





Most people feel doubt – that’s normal. But it’s detrimental to your VA dreams if you let those feelings of fear and inadequacy control your actions.

In this episode Sam + Jo chat to business and life coach Tracey Hancock who has been a supporter and cheerleader of the VA industry for many years, and knows from experience why we often feel like we’re only succeeding due to luck.

Don’t let imposter syndrome become a hot mess of harmfulness. Listen in to hear Tracey’s tips to overcoming your fear.

Tracey Hancock, Business & Life Coach

Over the years, Tracey has learnt a lot of lessons including trying to be and do what she thought was expected of her.

A significant health scare in her mid-20s jolted Tracey to look at the way she was living and working with fresh eyes. That new perspective got her thinking about who she was and what living well meant.

The difference was undeniable and since then she’s passionately guided others to step into the driver's seat of their own life and set a course for living well.

Find Tracey online here:





The episode you’ve all been waiting for! The episode where Sam + Jo disagree!

Will there be fireworks? Will there be tears? …Nope. It’s just a calm discussion where opposing views are shared, leaving it up to you to decide which option is right for you.

(Fireworks and tears would have been entertaining though right?)

With our industry thriving it’s understandable that many virtual assistants are worried about getting lost in the crowd. 

Sam + Jo, along with special guest Pallas Hupe Cotter from Pop With Pallas, discuss what VAs around the world need to be doing well in order to stand out.

Get your copy of Pallas' ebook 'Make Your Life POP' on Amazon here.

Pallas Hupe Cotter, Pop With Pallas

Anyone can live an extraordinary life. It’s about being true to yourself and it starts with one simple step: pop that bubble you’re hiding in and live your life out loud!

Emmy Award Winner and TEDx Speaker, Pallas helps you discover your passion, purpose and personality with much of her coaching based on a proven model called The POP Process®.

Check out Pallas via the following links:





We’re all about positivity in our businesses, but let’s face it … an occasional rant now and then with like-minded friends is bloody cathartic, and after being in business for as long as Sam + Jo have, it’s not surprising they’ve got a few things they need to get off their chests.

Their current top things to rant about … clients that don’t value their VAs, the inability to get in touch with a real person at Google, the WORST pieces of advice for VAs going around right now … plus loads more!


These are the common pricing terms talked about by Virtual Assistants around the world. But what’s the difference and what’s best for you?

If you are new to the Virtual Assistant world we recommend you start off by simply offering an hourly rate. Only after you’ve got some clients under your belt should you move on to other pricing options.

For established VAs looking to increase your profitability then it’s a no brainer! Offering packages and service plans is a MUST.


Saying ‘NO’ doesn’t come naturally to many VAs – especially when they’ve come from PA/EA backgrounds where it's been ingrained in them to simply ‘make it happen’ for those they have supported.

After years in the business, one of the biggest lessons Sam + Jo learnt early on is that saying ‘NO’ is not only more powerful than saying ‘YES’, it’s a necessary skill every virtual assistant business owner needs to master.


For most virtual assistants finding clients is the hardest part.

And throw in a whole bunch of uncertainty and an economic crisis and everything changes!

In this episode Sam + Jo share where all of those elusive clients are hiding and how best to get in front of them.

Check out the Finding Clients in Uncertain Times Masterclass Bundle here. 


Being able to confidently communicate your value is key to growing a successful VA business. 

Why? Because you can’t expect potential clients to KNOW your value until you start to OWN it.

If you’re worried that VAs who charge less than you are going to get all the clients … then you need to listen to this episode.

If the thought of hearing the words “You’re too expensive” fills you with dread and makes you want to drop your prices … then you REALLY need to listen to this episode!


VAs are spoilt for choice when it comes to the sheer number of services that fall under the umbrella of ‘Virtual Assistant’.

The downside to this is that it can often lead to overwhelm when it comes to selecting the services that you will be offering clients.

Our advice … stay in your lane! 

Stick to what you know. And NEVER offer services you have no skills and experience in.


At some point in most VA’s careers, they come to a cross-roads where they need to decide whether to go down the Freelancer or Contractor route.

In this episode Sam + Jo talk about the pros and cons of both options and the personality style best suited to each.

Want to learn more? 


It’s understandable that joining the virtual assistant industry is a desirable option for those looking for a career change, especially given the low start up costs involved.

But it takes more than having a laptop, mobile phone and internet connection to become a successful VA. Just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.


Sam + Jo are often asked by VAs just starting out … “Where shall I build my website? What’s the best platform nowadays?”.

Our answer is always the same … Rocketspark!

Rocketspark’s Head of Partnerships, Jason Tiller, joins Sam + Jo in this episode to discuss why exactly Rocketspark is the best website platform for virtual assistants.

Discount Code: Use SAVSCH1D when you make your site go live to pay just $1 NZD for your first month.

Jason Tiller, Head of Partnerships at Rocketspark

Rocketspark was founded in New Zealand in 2009 and now has thousands of customers in over 27 countries across the globe.

The team at Rocketspark love seeing their clients achieve business success and makes it easy to deliver a beautifully simple, code-free web design service. You'll spend less time trouble-shooting and more time designing.





Recorded during the global fight against COVID-19, Sam & Jo talk candidly about the effects this pandemic has had on their own VA businesses and whether or not aspiring VAs should be putting their dreams of freedom, flexibility and control on hold (spoiler alert – they shouldn’t!).

Want to learn how to get started as a VA? 


As one of New Zealand’s founding virtual assistants, owner of the VA agency, Strictly Savvy, and co-owner of the Savvy School, it's safe to say Jo Jensen has more than a few stories to tell about the VA evolution over the past decade.

In this episode, Jo shares her warts-and-all journey from stay-at-home, wanting-more-mum to award winning VA industry leader.

Connect with Jo on LinkedIn

Follow Strictly Savvy on Facebook


Every VA has a story to tell, and in this episode, we hear all about co-host Samantha Browne’s journey from ‘Accidental VA’ to one of New Zealand’s most in-demand freelance virtual assistants.

Owner of My Girl Friday, Founder of the Virtual Assistant Network of New Zealand, and co-owner of the Savvy School, you could say that nowadays Sam pretty much eats, sleeps and breathes all things VA.

Connect with Sam on LinkedIn

Follow My Girl Friday on Facebook


Probably the most commonly asked question a Virtual Assistant gets is “Umm, so what exactly is it that you do again?”. 

On the face of it, it’s a pretty easy one to answer … right?  

Virtual Assistants provide remote business support services to a wide range of businesses throughout the world. 

See – that wasn’t so hard.

But where it gets confusing is that the virtual assistant industry is evolving fast and the term ‘VA’ has become a pretty broad one. 

So where do you draw the line? When is a virtual assistant no longer technically a virtual assistant?


Probably the most commonly asked question a Virtual Assistant gets is “Umm, so what exactly is it that you do again?”. 

On the face of it, it’s a pretty easy one to answer … right?  

Virtual Assistants provide remote business support services to a wide range of businesses throughout the world. 

See – that wasn’t so hard.

But where it gets confusing is that the virtual assistant industry is evolving fast and the term ‘VA’ has become a pretty broad one. 

So where do you draw the line? When is a virtual assistant no longer technically a virtual assistant?


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