Below are testimonials I’ve received in my roles as a Virtual Assistant and as a VA Coach
I have gotten to know Kathie through a local Networking Group and she never ceases to surprise and amaze me with the breadth and depth of her knowledge. Kathie is very experienced with all things internet, from websites to social media and has a wide range of knowledge from her work as a Virtual Assistant. She is a wonderful listener and is always willing to share her knowledge. I have no hesitation in recommending Kathie for her VA work or to build a website. Kathie is a truly genuine person and is passionate about helping her clients get what they need.
Andrea Jenkins, Financial Coach
Kathie’s wisdom and experience are a constant source of knowledge. She appears to have endless time for others and is always willing to help those both new and old to the Virtual Assistant industry.
Emily Cooper,Owner & Virtual Assistant at The Admin Assistant
“I have known Kathie for around 20 years now, not only as a fellow VA but on various committee and groups and now as valued friend and colleague. Her experience and knowledge on the VA business is extraordinary but it also extends out into the general business stream. You want to know about it, Kathie will tell you about it and help you achieve it.”
Anita Kilkenny, Owner, AKA Virtual PA, Australia, works with Kathie at “A Clayton’s Secretary”
“I have been a member of A Clayton’s Secretary for several years now and I have always found Kathie to be a dedicated and very knowledgeable person who is a leader in her field. I am always amazed at the many endeavours Kathie undertakes yet still finds time to be a Virtual Mentor as well as a great support to me and the other team members. Kathie is a great moderator of our online group and I have also come to consider her a “virtual friend”. Among her passions are writing, public speaking, blogging and Kathie is also now a VA Coach. Should you at any time require any of the services Kathie provides you won’t be disappointed!”
Monika Newman, Owner, Sydney Australia, works directly with Kathie at “A Clayton’s Secretary”
“Kathie has provided secretarial services of outstanding quality. She is trustworthy, punctual, friendly and dedicated to building the business of her clients. I would recommend her highly to anyone seeking a high standard of service and seamless assistance.”
Paddy Spruce, Australia, first hired Kathie as a Virtual secretary and PA in 2003
“Kathie is extremely competent, resourceful and efficient. I consider her to be my first option if I need to outsource secretarial work.”
Stuart Campbell, Campbell Management Systems Pty Ltd. Stuart is Kathie’s business coach
“Its been a pleasure being a member of Kathie’s ACS Network for nearly 10 years now. She is a great inspiration to myself and all members of the VA network in Australia and internationally. As members we rely on her for support and professional advice in helping us grow our VA business. I wish her continued success in the future.”
Mary Jordon, Owner, Xpress Online Secretarial Services works with Kathie at “A Clayton’s Secretary”
“Congratulations on your nomination for Australian of the Year 2009, it is very well deserved. You are very hardworking and give a lot of your time to enhancing and promoting the VA Industry, something I am sure all VAs are very grateful for, I know I am. Becoming a Virtual Assistant has given me the ability to work from home and spend quality time with my young family while still having my own business which I’m really looking forward to expanding. I’ve got everything crossed for you and send my best wishes.”
Synergy Virtual Business Services, Member of the ACS Team
Kathie has been my virtual assistant for many years. She is very competent, trustworthy and reliable. I first started using Kathie to manage my database over 10 years ago but as I became aware of her capabilities that increased so that she now handles around 98% of my admin support – almost all of it virtually! She now not only maintains both my computer and online databases, but the registrations and name tags for my workshops, my website, ezines, broadcast emails, product sales, shopping cart, PowerPoint presentations and so on. She is an integral part of my business.
Lorraine Pirihi, The Office Organiser, Melbourne, Australia. Lorraine has been using Kathie’s services since 1997
“I would recommend Kathie to ANYONE for various reasons. Kathie is an encourager, a strong support to Women in business and her indepth knowledge of the Virtual Assistant industry is impressive! She is very professional and has the experience to what is required to get the job done. I believe because of Kathie’s integrity and character, it is no wonder she is sought out as a Top Notch VA today!”
Regina Baker, Executive Producer, USA ChristianBusinessTalkRadio.com
“I’ve used Kathie’s services over a number of years and have found her to be efficient and conscious of deadlines and budget. She is very professional and easy to communicate with.”
Kerry Larkan, Hong Kong, first hired Kathie as a Business Consultant in 1994
“I find Kathie invaluable. I can call on her at any time and she is always helpful, professional and able to provide all of the services that I used to rely on a PA to do for me – only this time at the end of a telephone and via email. Above all I applaud her patience with my techno-challenges and her ability to suggest options and solve those problems for me.”
Jennifer McCoy, Positive Change Consulting, Australia, first hired Kathie as a Business Consultant in 2002
“What can I say about Kathie! She’s great. Does terrific things for the Virtual Assistant industry and we’ve worked together closely on the arrangements for the Online International Virtual Assistant Convention (www.oivac.com). She’s a great sounding board and very professional.”
Lyn Prowse-Bishop, MVA, ASO, Owner, Executive Stress Office Support, Brisbane, Australia, works directly with Kathie at “A Clayton’s Secretary”
“I have worked with Kathie over the last year as she is the virtual assistant of one of my clients / joint venture partners. I want her for myself as a VA but she is too popular! I have found Kathie to always be efficient, respectful and always a fantastic resource on latest happenings in both her own and my industry.”
Janet Beckers, Director, Niche Partners Pty Ltd, Sydney, Australia has worked alongside Kathie on a mutual client project
I met Kathie on the internet, when I started to introduce WinWeb to the VA community. It was great to meet someone who is as passioned about VAs as I about small business. She is a guest-author on my blog (www.sme-blog.com) and her input is highly valued – thank you for that.
Stefan TÃ¶pfer, CEO/Chairman at WinWeb International, UK
“I needed Kathie’s assistance and advice setting up a blog site. Kathie spent the better part of an hour explaining the pro’s and con’s and put me onto a number of people that could also guide me.
Thanks Kathie for your assistance.”
“My observations about Kathie relate to a series of breakfast meetings which she organises to bring business people together at Bayside Church. Kathie is highly organised, but combines with this a wonderful capacity to “come alongside” the people she works with. If you are seeking a truly collaborative business relationship, Kathie is the person you are after. She makes you look good.”
“Kathie is the owner of “A Clayton’s Secretary” and as part of her business she now offers coaching to established VAs and also to new VAs looking at starting their own business.
Kathie is a truly amazing woman who has worked from home for over 13 years whilst raising 5 children and still to this day is as passionate and excited by her business and the VA industry as a whole. Kathie has a tremendous amount of knowledge about all aspects of secretarial and also website designing, builidng, hosting, database creation and management as well as looking after small and large company like secretariat roles.
Kathie has now started a coaching program for new and established VAs to share her knowledge and technical expertise and to help them in all aspects of starting and growing their business. The program is self paced over 10 weeks with online chat sessions each fortnight which are a fabulous idea to network with fellow VAs about business generally but also to help if some are stuck with any part of the program. The program shows a VA what needs to be done to set up her / his business in regards to writing a Business Plan, if you need to seek any permission from Council etc, finding a good accountant etc, equipment required, software etc. It is a great place to start to ensure you set up your business correctly. Keeping in mind that each State and even members from overseas are welcome to participate in the program and that each individual business owner must ensure they are following their own state and country rules and regulations in regards to having a business at home. All are different but Kathie’s course reminds you of what may need to be done.
I’ve had my business for just over 2 years and I found the course to be very beneficial as it prompted me to look into areas I hadn’t even thought necessary. I would highly recommend the coaching program for all new and even those established VAs who would like to ensure they have all areas of their business covered. If you would like further information, then please do not hesitate to contact me.
Debbie Corlet, Owner, Deb-e-Secretarial, Sydney Australia, completed the course at VA Trainer.com in 2006
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