Success Stories


Here’s what clients are saying:

 

A few changes in her coaching plans will lead to more coaching clients and more money.

Donna’s coaching has made a considerable difference in my business success. What I feel the best thing about it is it led me to change my business around a bit and do something I’m more passionate about – coaching. I have always coached in my business, but realized during our coaching that I wanted to do more. And I wanted to have programs specifically for coaching. Donna coached me in how to make this happen, and perhaps one of the best tips she gave me was to do a survey. What I discovered was that what I was offering didn’t meet with what my target audience wanted or was willing to pay. With just a few changes in my coaching plans, I was able to change which will lead to more coaching clients and more money.

I would highly recommend her coaching programs. You will discover things you never realized about your business and also get excited about it again.

Diana Ennen, www.virtualwordpublishing.com

 

She is on a path to make 6 figures!

Donna’s program has been encouraging, thought-provoking, and has set me on the path to make six-figures. After speaking with Donna and having our group sessions, I always feel empowered to take my business to the next level. I have changed my business processes and my attitude towards delegating which is what it takes to have a six-figure business. Donna’s program is beneficial to anyone who is ready to take their business to the next level. Thank you Donna.

Kyna Baker, 5 Star Virtual Service, www.5starvirtualservice.com

 

Donna was incredibly supportive and she believed in me when I did not believe in myself.

I met Donna Toothaker about 3 years ago, my life was a mess and in the past 3 years I have gone through incredible highs and lows due to factors that were mostly out of my control. Throughout this period Donna was incredibly supportive and she believed in me when I did not believe in myself and just wanted to give up. Donna would have no part of that…. I initially found her online and loved her offerings and energy, I signed up for a free call and then started off taking a 6 week program about building a 6 figure business, moved on to a 6 month coaching program, a VIP day and an amazing weekend long retreat in South Carolina. Throughout this period, I knew that Donna was always in my corner, she helped me keep my business afloat through some of the most difficult times of my life. I am happy to say that the hard times are over and I have recently made BIG changes in my business and the way I approach clients, work, goals, life and just about everything. I recently went through the information that Donna and I worked on for my VIP day and the weekend retreat and realized how much I accomplished in a short period of time, everything she told me I was capable of doing I have accomplished! At the time, I thought she was crazy, I had no confidence that I could accomplish any of these things, but I accomplished them all in less than one year. One of the exercises we did was to make a wishlist of the characteristics of the people I wanted on my team, as I was doing this I was thinking I would never have a team who cares what their characteristics are… well I have a team of 2 now and their personalities and skills mirror the list we created. We also created a wishlist of things I wanted to add/remove from my business and that list is also 100% met. I want to share a few things about Donna’s characteristics… she is warm, smart, extraordinarily caring, generous, and incredibly insightful-she will see things in you that you cannot see, be sure to take notes… If you are thinking about working with Donna, I cannot offer a higher recommendation!

Donna Cravotta, socialsagepr.com

 

From every coaching call, she takes away a priceless system that she can apply immediately.

I’m a proud member of Donna’s Step It Up VA Success Circle. Donna encompasses everything one would want in a true leader. I am in awe and inspired by the depth of knowledge, talents and time that she so generously shares with the people in her circle. She has a highly-structured coaching style which virtual assistants like me need to run a more productive business.

From every VA coaching session, lesson and Q&A call, I take away a priceless system that I can apply immediately into the operation or marketing of my business. Her generosity and talents flow down to the exclusive network of VAs that she’s brought together and nurtures. These VAs are truly a circle of support, ideas, resources, systems and top-notch talent to which I’m delighted to be a member.

Michelle O’Grady, www.digitalmarketingva.com

 

“I was able to double my business in just 4 months.”

I followed Donna for 2 years, listened to other VAs tell me I really needed to try her programs. I of course said I didn’t want to invest in coaching. Finally I realized that if I was going to take my business to a new level I needed someone to guide me, be my personal cheering section, be my sounding board, see me and my business from a different point of view than what I saw it, and to push me. By participating in Donna’s platinum program I was able to double my business in just 4 months. But honestly that wasn’t the best part. The best part was when I realized that she was right and I knew I was meant to be a coach and inspire people as well. I’m still doing great work for my clients, just more goes to my team than it used to. I am able to see a bigger picture for myself than I had before because of her insight. I don’t struggle like I did and yes, there are still struggles because with every level there really is a new devil, but I get through them more quickly now. I know that with Donna in my corner I have someone to kick my butt when it needs it, walk with me in the difficult moments, and celebrate with me when I win.

Serita Diana, www.list2closeassistant.com

 

Her coaching call was possibly the most productive 3 hours of her life.

My coaching call with Donna was possibly the most productive 3 hours of my life. “Coaching” has never worked for me so I was hesitant to sign up for this program, but after assurances that she could deliver what I needed, I gave it a try…and Donna DELIVERED. We worked on and accomplished EXACTLY what I said I needed to finish. I now have several package options tailored to what my business and team can deliver, as well as actionable steps that I will use to implement this change and move my business forward. Having this done will allow me to easily increase my profit margin on services. Donna’s approach was energetic, direct and warm, and she was so easy to work with. I hope she liked me too, because I will be back for more!

Laurie Cantus, www.yourgotogirls.com

 

Now she can see a great future for her business.

Wow!  I jumped from floundering to focused in one day with Donna.  My business had been open for a number of years, but wasn’t growing the way I had dreamed.  My head was flooded with all the ideas I had and all the techniques I’d been studying to try to get to the next level; but, before the Intensive with her, I couldn’t seem to bring it all together into a plan.  By thetime Donna did her magic, I knew where I was going, how I was going to get there and each step I would need to take and by when to make it all happen.  Now, I can actually see a great future for my business.  In addition, her sweet (but firm) nature and her genuine interest in me and my business made the experience fun and completely worthwhile.

Sue Peel, Affinity Virtual Assistance, www.affinityva.com

 

She learned new procedures that she was able to inject into her business which helped to build her confidence.

This system helped me in so many ways. Before taking the class, I already knew that I wanted a team and I had started building one, but I needed a road map. Week by week I learned new procedures that I was able to inject into my business which helped to build my confidence, it reinforced what I wanted to achieve, and pushed me to take it further. This is a great program for VAs who are truly ready to take it to another level. Thank you Donna!

April Sullivan, Virtual Assistant Chick

 

Donna’s coaching has been the best thing I have done for my business.

Last year I signed up for Donna Toothaker’s Coaching program. I needed help focusing on how to grow my VA business income, and the accountability to make sure I took action. At first, I was too afraid to acknowledge that I had huge goals for myself. But Donna gave me the confidence and courage to admit my outrageous goals, to create the practical steps to work towards them, and for achieving them.

Because she has run a successful Virtual Assistance business herself, Donna guides from her wealth of experience. In moments of overwhelm, she helps me find another way around what is keeping me from moving forward. When I’m focused on taking action, no matter how small, the momentum still builds and the growth still happens.

Of my many accomplishments this year, I have packaged my services, hired a team, developed an opt-in offer soon to be an e-book, presented my expertise at a VA association summit, was asked to partner with a small business association as a VA expert, not to mention I’ve grown my client base.

Donna offers a positive understanding and guidance to prepare for the inevitable success.I am thrilled that I surpassed my own expectations for my business this year, having doubled, almost tripled, my income. Donna’s coaching has been the best thing I have done for my business, and I’m even more excited to see what I can accomplish in this next year with her continued guidance and support. I highly recommend Donna for VA Coaching. It is impossible to imagine what can be achieved or how quickly without stepping out of your comfort zone and seeking Donna’s help.

Kelly Williams, www.kellywilliamsva.com

 

Her “plans” have evolved into a multi-VA team with a growing customer base!

I started coaching with Donna as soon as I decided to launch my business. I knew what I wanted and I wanted to be sure that I did it right!

When we started, I was the newbie with just one client and big plans! From the beginning, Donna understood me better than I understood myself. When I think back to one of our first calls, Donna understood my personality and my drive.  Donna and I worked on putting systems and procedures in place to grow my business. As months passed, I had my doubts but Donna continued to keep me focused on my goals.

Donna helped me set the foundation that my business needed, In 14 months my “plans” have evolved into a multi-VA team with a growing customer base!

Christine Morris, www.strategicgrowthanddevelopment.com

 

She was able to start implementing some strategies and ideas for positioning her business for 6-figures!

Before Donna’s Program, my business was running me and I was getting burnt out!  I thought 6-figures was something in the far distance. I never imaged that it could be within reach and in such a short amount of time. After listening to the first 2 weeks I was able to start implementing some strategies and ideas for positioning my business for 6-figs!

My business has come so far in a few short months! I launched my first product and course and have started to coach other Virtual Assistants on coming up with game plans for their businesses in 2011.

Alicia Rittenhouse, www.aliciarittenhouse.com


Donna has wonderful tips and solutions to any problem I sent her way.

If you’re an entrepreneur I highly recommend you work with a coach. What’s even better than working with a business coach, is working with one who specializes in your specific business. Knowing Donna has “been in my shoes” growing her own successful VA business, made all the difference to me. She understands the demands and struggles of growing a VA business and has wonderful tips and solutions to any problem I sent her way.

My confidence and business has grown stronger as a result of working with Donna. Knowing I could email Donna and that she would respond to me with her expert advice, was just what I needed to help grow my business. Not only is Donna professional, knowledgeable and resourceful but she is also genuine, kind and sincere in the coaching services she provides. Make room in your budget to work with her, you will be glad you did!

Melissa Dery, www.thegoldenruleva.com

 

Donna gives you the tools needed for you to be able to move forward toward your goals.

Donna has been an amazing inspiration in my life both professionally and personally. Her gentle way of helping you get to the core of what is holding you back is just one of the many attributes Donna has. She gives you the tools needed for you to be able to move forward toward your goals.

Donna is creative in ways to help you grow your business and get to the next level. Learning from Donna has been a positive and fulfilling experience. She shares her experiences and through them she is able to give guidance as to what works and what doesn’t in business. Donna’s attitude is always positive and uplifting.

Donna’s coaching is powerful because she has been through it and wants to help other VAs be successful.  Donna gave me the confidence I need to get out there as a VA and do what I do best. Thank you, Donna!

Jerri Goranson, www.virtualofficevisions.com

 

She has been able to step away from the “doing” of all the client work and move into the role of CEO.

While I loved working one on one with my clients, I found myself overwhelmed and burnt out after just two years. I had lost my passion and felt I had also lost myself by doing work I didn’t love and letting my business control my life. I knew there was something bigger for me to do.

As I tried to re-discover my “unique brilliance,” I let go of some clients and pulled back to focus on a new vision for my life and business. I knew where I wanted to be, but had no clue how I was going to get there. Driving home from a weekend trip, I was listening to one of Donna’s free calls when the Universe smacked me with the proverbial 2 x 4 upside the head. Duh! Find someone who’s where you want to be and mentor with her. Learn from her. You don’t need to re-invent the wheel. I sent Donna an email when I got home that day and as soon as we talked I signed on as a Private Platinum client.

That was late December. I now have a small, but mighty team of really wonderful VAs who each brings such amazing skills and gifts to me, my business and our clients.I’ve been able to step away from the “doing” of all the client work and move into the role of CEO (yay!). We are currently in the process of re-tooling our own online presence and I have a full year scheduled of new products, programs, teleclasses and more – all thanks to Donna!

Jackie Cunningham, www.greenkiteva.com


She added three wonderful clients and the work continues to come in.

Choosing to have a strategy call with Donna was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my business. She was extremely helpful in helping me create my packages and plan out action steps that I need to take.

Donna answered all of my nittty gritty questions, and got me on track to building a virtual assistant business that I would be proud of. Her expertise and knowledge is well worth the investment!  I now can move forward with a goal and plan in mind thanks to Donna’s advice.

I’ve done many things to prepare for becoming a virtual assistant, but the thing that has helped the most with my business, is taking the Step It Up VA classes.  Before taking the classes I was struggling with how to set my rates and how to attract the kind of clients I wanted to work with.  In just the past few months, I have added three wonderful clients and the work continues to come in.  The return on my investment in Step It Up VA is huge.  Thanks so much Donna for all the great advice!

Sharon Tousley, www.maydayva.com

 

Signing up for a half-day coaching session with Donna was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

Signing up for a personal half-day coaching session with Donna was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Donna is committed to helping business owners work through whatever is holding them back or getting in the way of their success.

In our meeting I anticipated that we would most likely be addressing the many areas in which I am severely lacking such as marketing and involvement in social media, sales, etc. I thought we’d discuss these areas that I’m having trouble with and she would give me some good advice that would help me come up with ways to solve them and that would be the end of it. However, what I anticipated is vastly different when compared to how it actually went and what I came away with.

During our conversation Donna picked up on a few key points that actually lead me down a different path entirely. She got a sense that I was looking for something more and she was able to help me see an opportunity that’s right in front of me just waiting for me to turn it into to a reality.

I am very excited to now be working on a project that I feel good about because it holds more personal interest for me. Sometimes it is difficult for us to see or know if we are headed in the right or not and it takes someone like Donna to help work through all the details and lead us to more exciting opportunities and address the areas that are most important to us.

Michelle Scappace, www.michellesva.com

 

She raised her rates, put a team in place, set boundaries and was able to take her first vacation in 9 years.

Before working with Donna Toothaker in her Private Platinum 2010 program, I was in extreme overwhelm in my business. I was working 7 days a week. I would get up at 5:30 in the morning to work and then I would take a break in the evening but then I would go right back to work and work until 10:00 to 11:00 at night. I was headed for burn out and I didn’t know what to do. I felt so stuck. I was stuck in the fact that I needed time to focus on my business but I was so overwhelmed with the workload that I had. After years of trying to do it alone and not being successful, I decided I needed help.

I found Donna and I started working with her. Through Donna, I was able to do so many things. Most importantly, Donna really held me accountable. She really challenged me and she questioned me when I was resistant to her suggestions. Donna pushed back and helped me to understand that she wasn’t just telling me to do something just to tell me, it was really for my own good. She had my best interest at heart.

After being very resistant for a few months to what Donna was trying to help me achieve, I finally smacked myself up side the head and realized I needed to stop bucking her and listen to what she is trying to say.

One of the first things was to raise my rates with my clients. She helped me craft the email and she was there when I sent it out to my clients. To my surprise no one baulked it. She was able to hold my hand through it because it was very scary. Even though I have been in business for 8 years and I have raised rates before, I have only raised them twice in the entire 8 years. So, it was a big deal for me. Having her help me through that was very helpful.

She also helped me to put more boundaries in place. For example, I was doing once a week calls with clients and with Donna’s help I was able to move clients to a once a month call. I made it a win-win for them to where they actually thanked me for making the change. Donna showed me that in fact it was probably a disservice to my clients doing once a week calls and moving them to once a month could actually be better for them. You know what? She was right! My clients love it. Now they are much more focused during our call and they are much more accountable. They are achieving much more by moving that call to once a month even though I was scared to do it. Making this one change has freed up my time, I get my work done without working all hours of the night.

I was able to take a one week vacation for the first time in 9 years without a phone or a computer. I absolutely did NO work whatsoever. She helped me put a team in place to where I can leave and know that my team is going to handle the work that is there. My team is incredible. It’s been so joyful to work with them. I got a really great team right off the bat which is very unusual. But with Donna’s help on how to build a team and what to look for, I was able to find the right people and make a good fit from the beginning.

I highly encourage you to work with Donna if you want to take your VA business to the next level or maybe you are just happy where you are but your business is starting to take over your life. Maybe you are like me and your life has been built around your business and now you want to build your business around your life. Donna is the person for that. She will help you to really start to take control, put boundaries in place and to think beyond your limited beliefs. She will help you start to think bigger and to really treat it as a business.

Angee Robertson, www.sheicsupport.com

 

Donna walked through each of my website pages and packages, taking the time get me back on track to offer only the VA services I absolutely love providing.

During our coaching call, Donna walked through each of my website pages and packages, taking the time get me back on track to offer only the VA services I absolutely love providing. She ended the call reminding me that it is my ‘duty’ to market my gifts in order to help clients. Thank you Donna!

Stephanie Fish, www.buckeyeva.com

 

Signing on with Donna as her coach was the best thing she could have done for her business.

Signing on with Donna as my coach was the best thing I could have done for my business. I was having difficulty finding my niche, within our first session Donna found the perfect niche for me and gave me valuable tips on how to market myself.

When I am ready to move my business to the next level, Donna will be the first person I call. I cannot recommend her highly enough, if your VA business needs help, call Donna NOW. She will save you time and money.

Grainne Foley, www.FoleysVirtualSolutions.com

 

She will now move forward with a goal and plan in mind.

Choosing to have a strategy call with Donna was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my business. She was extremely helpful in helping me create my packages and plan out action steps that I need to take.

Donna answered all of my nittty gritty questions, and got me on track to building a virtual assistant business that I would be proud of. Her expertise and knowledge is well worth the investment!  I now can move forward with a goal and plan in mind thanks to Donna’s advice.

Katie Simmons, www.integrityvasolutions.com

 

She landed 3 more monthly clients and some additional organizational skills that were lacking in her business.

Donna is such a great coach. I had heard about a colleague of mine doing a strategy session with Donna and so I started paying more attention to what she had to say. After taking a survey for Donna and getting a free consultation, I was hooked. Donna was very informative and helpful on the free call and her coaching has been top notch.

During the process of my coaching with Donna I landed 3 more monthly clients and some additional organizational skills that were lacking in my business, a TODO folder for my email seems so simple and yet it make such a difference. Not to mention hiring an assistant and learning to turn over some of my workload.

During the course of my coaching I had some personal struggles and Donna was respectful and encouraging to me and helped me to get back on track and point out the positive things I had still managed to accomplish.

I truly respect Donna as a person and a coach.

Dawn Pigoni, www.BeSocialWorldwide.com

 

She made changes in her business that have helped her to take her Virtual Assistant practice to the next level.

I highly recommend Donna Toothakers’s Step It Up VA Group Coaching programs because I have been a member for a little over a month and in this short time I have already made changes in my business that have helped me to take my Virtual Assistant practice to the next level.  Donna presented a call topic on “Packages” and I was able to immediately put her advice to work and add value to my Virtual Assistant practice by bundling services together for one price and this helped me to stop trading dollars for hours.

The Success Circle forum is also an active forum, it is a great place to network with other Virtual Assistants and get immediate advice.  I have also found a qualified Virtual Assistant to work on my team.  I enjoy the Success Circle forum because I have been able to get feedback from other members on a variety of topics but Donna also posts her feedback there as well. She really does care about her members and give out advice on many of the topics that members post.

Dawn Cullo, www.SunriseVirtualServices.com

 

Your feedback and encouragement are priceless.

Your feedback and encouragement are priceless. You gave me the inspiration to keep moving forward when I got bogged down. It’s sooo nice to know there’s someone out there who is knowledgeable and cheering me on!

Susan Gibbons,  www.DiamondShamrocks.com

 

I immediately started putting her ideas and strategies into action.

After listening to Donna’s free call on the Top 5 Strategies to Landing New Clients and Increasing Revenues I immediately started putting her ideas and strategies into action.  I was able to offer a few of my existing clients a new package, I created an affiliate program which I added to my website, and I followed up with every potential client through a very targeted newsletter.  The results were awesome and I was able to pick up two new clients from that newsletter alone!

Working with Donna over the past several months has really helped me to curb a lot of my “bright shiny object syndrome” and stay focused on what it is I do best and how to provide outstanding service to my clients.  Donna is an exceptional coach and is the best choice for any VA who is ready to step up their game and build the business that they really desire.
Thank you, Donna for all that you do!

April Sullivan,
 VirtualAssistantChick.com

 

Donna’s understanding, support and encouragement mean a lot to me.

I was absolutely delighted to be a part of Donna’s 6-Week to 6 Figure VA Success Series. I believe Donna is a very popular resource and coach for us VAs because she has walked the walk, is where many of us want to be financially and she’s not afraid to be transparent and share her personal stories. Donna’s down to earth relatable style, work ethic, patience with those of us who ask many questions, professionalism, drive and experience sealed the deal for me. I wanted and needed meat and potatoes, examples and templates – Donna delivered. I also really enjoyed the live coaching vibe – being part of a group of tremendous ladies who came together, supported and encouraged each other. I believe there is an expected level of respect in Donna’s coaching groups as many of us are at the same level so we ‘get it. Future Donna clients please know that whether you are a newbie or veteran VA every one of us gets stuck and needs support and encouragement.

I believe it’s also important to note that Donna ‘gets’ us VAs who have chosen to specialize/niche in Executive Assistance. Not a lot of folks in the VA industry do; Donna’s understanding, support and encouragement mean a lot to me. I was clueless about how to create packages for this specialty. Donna showed our group examples of other EA VAs packages she helped create. This helped me a lot as I am a visual and audio learner which Donna knew – finding out how her students learn is important to her.

I’m also thankful to Donna for her support of an idea I had been mulling around in my head and heart for months. It is a program very near and dear to my heart but I didn’t know if there was a real need for it. Donna listened to the why, asked good questions, assured me that I wasn’t crazy and told me there is a large need. She strongly encouraged me to go for it –  VA/Client Relationship Coaching was officially launched in May at the IVAA Summit in Portland.

Sue Kramer Harrawood
Founder
Peace of Mind Virtual Assistance

 

She was able refocus her target market, update her website to better attract that market, put missing yet critical systems in place, and move from an hourly rate to package pricing.

After 9 years of growing and running a successful VA business and team, I realized my business wasn’t keeping pace with my long-term goals and vision. After participating in the “6 Steps to 6-Figure VA Success System” and listening to the calls and training Donna provided through the “Success Circle” group, I knew that Donna was the coach I needed at this point in my business. On nearly every training call, I have “aha” moments – even after listening to a call recording 4 or 5 times!

I was thrilled to join the “Inner Circle” coaching group and it’s been absolutely fabulous. During our first private coaching session, Donna was able to laser in and pinpoint several areas of my business that needed adjusting, giving me several “why didn’t I think of that?” moments! She has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter quickly, guiding you to light bulb moments, then giving you practical steps to reach your new goals. I love that Donna has “been there, done that” – I know that she’s seen both sides of the challenges I face and can help me push through to the other side. In just a few months, I’ve been able to refocus my target market, update my website to better attract that market, put missing yet critical systems in place, and move from an hourly rate to package pricing which will ultimately allow me to reach my business vision while working fewer hours!

Cindy Opong, www.CreativeAssistants.com

 

She has a much clearer vision of what she needs to do to have the success she desires.

Connecting with Donna in the Inner Circle has been one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my business.When I started with the coaching program I knew my business wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted it to be. With each encounter with both Donna and my group members, I always felt empowered to make the changes necessary to have a 6-figure business. As I followed the assignments and implemented the pearls of wisdom Donna would outline, it positioned me to take charge of my business so that I could see the results I wanted. I have a much clearer vision of what I need to do to have the success I desire.

Lynn Edwards, www.virtual-excellence.com

 

She received great instruction on the business side of running a virtual assistant business!

The “6 Steps to 6-Figure VA Success System” is a great investment for any virtual assistant – beginning or experienced. Donna has the experience and shares what she has learned in an easy to understand manner. Perhaps the most important piece of information I learned from her is: Think like a CEO! She will take you from technician to CEO in six easy steps.

Donna delivers what she promises. Her presentations are well-organized and insightful. Participant input is welcomed. The package includes many useful bonuses, and course materials are delivered on time.Great instruction on the business side of running a virtual assistant business!

Debbie Hanchey,  www.infusionsoftservices.com

 

I’m so thankful I took the plunge and invested with you. I should have done it years ago.

I’m so thankful I took the plunge and invested with you. I should have done it years ago. My mistake was in not recognizing the value of multiple counselors. Your words of wisdom have not only validated many points for me, they have shed new light on familiar areas and helped me understand myself better… as well as understand my business in a deeper way. Tackling an issue from a new angle is sometimes all that is needed to break through and achieve success. I’m excited to see where 2012 takes me!

Rebekah Zobel Jones, www.myfabulousva.com

My three-hour VIP Virtual Intensive coaching session with Donna is one of the best investments I have made in my business (and myself) so far.

My three-hour VIP Virtual Intensive coaching session with Donna is one of the best investments I have made in my business (and myself) so far. Being a new VA, it is difficult to know those essential things to do get a virtual business up and running.

My time spent with Donna was invaluable. She was able to help me muddle through the clutter that was my service menu, help me to identify what it is was I really wanted to do, and define my niche. She offered practical suggestions on everything from my website content to identifying my ideal client.

This was not a pre-fab, one-size-fits-all coaching session. Donna tailored our session to fit my needs and made sure I got out of it what I needed. She also provided much-needed and helpful feedback on those suggestions of hers that I have chosen to implement. Donna proved to me that she truly does care for her clients and wants them to be successful by working hard to ensure they receive the maximum benefit from their time spent together.

I am very much looking forward to realizing the results of our hard work. Thank you, Donna, for encouraging me to “Step It Up!”

Michelle Campbell, www.fortevss.com

She discovered she had been sitting on knowledge she could be charging for.

I love being a Virtual Assistant, but after almost three years, I was feeling like there had to be more than just working one-on-one with clients, doing the same-old-same-old. That’s when Donna’s invitation to the AIA Group landed in my Inbox. As I listened to her intro call, I thought, “This is exactly what I need!” I signed up, and am so glad I did.

It has been a stretch to implement each of the lessons into my business, but very empowering. Not only did I discover I had been sitting on knowledge I could be charging for, but my confidence has skyrocketed and I’ve successfully raised my rates.

As a result of the Group, I have a new vision for my business, and have laid out some challenge goals for the new year. I can’t wait for the Mastermind Group to begin, and am excited to see where I’ll be a year from now.

Thank you, Donna, for sharing your gifts of coaching and encouragement. You are a blessing.

Susan Fleming  www.ElectronicMarketingSuccess.com

 

She set up systems that otherwise would have taken her much longer to implement.

Donna’s 6-Week Action, Implementation & Accountability Class was just what I needed to get me moving away from the “dollars for hours” model, and into multiple streams of income. I loved that there was a “to do” item every week that, while manageable, held me accountable to myself and the group. During the six weeks I set up systems that otherwise would have taken me much longer to implement. In addition, Donna’s approachability and “you can do it” style of teaching is motivating and inspiring. I would take another one of her classes in a heartbeat.

Debbie Lonergan, www.debbielonergan.com

 

Within a week of launching her first new revenue stream she had 2 new clients registered for a consulting session, something she wouldn’t have thought of.

Donna’s 6-week course on Implementing New Revenue Streams was a huge boost to my business and confidence level. Donna’s coaching left me with a clear plan to implement new products and services and provided me with ideas for passive income that I had never dreamed of. Within a week of launching my first new revenue stream I had 2 new clients registered for a consulting session that I would never have thought of without Donna’s assistance. I’m excited to move forward and see how far I can take my business with the new knowledge and determination that I’ve gained. I will definitely be seeking further training and coaching from Donna in the future!

Lisa McDonell, The Brainy Gal Virtual Assistant
www.thebrainygal.com

In just a few short months, her goals became crystal clear.

Working with Donna has been the best gift I’ve given to myself and my business. In the few short months that we’ve been working together, my goals have become crystal clear. We have developed an ambitious 6 month plan that has me on track to earn the income I’ve dreamed of and deserve. She has pushed me to take a walk out of that wonderful place called my comfort zone, and the results have been astounding. If you are a Virtual Assistant with high hopes and dreams for the future of your business, but are mired in the day to day tasks which make it impossible to reach your goals, you owe it to yourself to hire Donna.

Marlene Eldemire, www.marsvirtualassistant.com

I have doubled my revenue and my clients in my time with Donna.

I cannot recommend coaching with Donna enough!! When I first started with Donna I had a decent small business but the business was running me, not the other way around. In working with Donna I turned that around so that I was running my business in a way that supported all of the things I most enjoy. Once I shifted to working as the leader of my business I was able to grow my team and client base with people that are a perfect fit for me. I am on track to meet my business and financial goals for this year and we still have three months left. I have doubled my revenue and my clients in my time with Donna all while setting the stage for additional revenue streams and shifting many of the day-to-day tasks to my team. I could not be happier and I owe so much of it to working with Donna, her suggestions and holding me accountable for my big vision were a huge help in getting me to where I am today.

Amber Kinney, www.vivaciousvas.com

This month, will be my biggest month in revenues.

I just wanted to share something with you today because you had a role to play in this coming forth.

This month, will be my biggest month in revenues. See, I was stuck at earning a certain amount for quite a while and this month I will reach far beyond what I usually earn for a month’s work with help from my two team members!!

This is amazing for me. I know I did it because I followed through on what you shared at VAGAS 2012.

Just wanted to thank you.

Danielle Guerin, successva.com

jodieburdetteI achieved some major goals during this past year.

I spent 2012 taking my skills to the next level via Donna Toothaker’s amazing 1-on-1 business coaching program. She helped me polish my rough edges and pushed me kicking and screaming out of my comfort zone and into areas (like teleseminars) that I would have never gone on my own.

2012 was a tough year economically. Yet I was still able to grow my business by nearly 20%.

I achieved some major goals during this past year. Obviously growing my business was one and I most certainly did that.

Jodie Burdette, www.the-osp.com

Michele-Hardiman-A-Note-Taken-FounderI have to say, working with Donna is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made to date!

When a colleague of mine told me about Donna, I was a bit apprehensive. These days, everybody claims to be a “coach” or an “expert” in their field and being a small business owner, I find it’s challenging to truly know who’s advice to trust.

I have to say, working with Donna is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made to date! After scheduling a hour coaching session with her, I left feeling energized by her positive demeanor, honest feedback and overall passion for MY business!

Being a small business owner, at times, I feel isolated and overwhelmed by the process of owning a business and the hard decisions that come with growing it! Donna ensured me that I was on the right track and was able to give me such insight, I felt prepared to tackle my challenges the next day with no concern.

When we spoke about my issues, she didn’t overwhelm me with long soliloquies about why I should or shouldn’t do something. Instead, she truly listened and offered sound/practical advice to help me troubleshoot the overbearing problem. What seemed overwhelming at the beginning of our conversation, felt manageable by the end! Furthermore, it helps that she has VA experience she can share and apply to her coaching techniques…I loved that she truly understood from experience what I was going through. Not all coaches understand the struggles VA’s or small businesses face.

After working with Donna, I will absolutely continue to use her as a valuable resource…It has been a honor working with her! Moving forward, I will continue to spread the word to all of the skeptics out there, letting them know, she’s the REAL deal.

Thank you, Donna. You are such an asset to our industry.

 Michele B. Hardiman, A Note Taken, www.anotetaken.com

RhondaQuade“You provided a lot of very useful tips and insights.”

Thank you so much for the call this morning, Donna! You provided a lot of very useful tips and insights. I feel that you “did your homework” in reviewing my answers from the questionnaire and were on track with guiding me in the direction I need. It always amazes me at how fast an hour goes by on calls like these. I could have went on for 5 without stopping, I think!

I will start implementing some of these changes right away. Sometimes, it’s just the boost of confidence we need to make it happen!

Rhonda Quade, www.QuadesVirtualOffice.com

LisaBryantShe now has the confidence to move onward and upward!

I’m at a crossroad in my practice where, in order to grow, I have to make several significant changes.  In my Business Breakthrough session, Donna gave me several keys tasks–all of which were implemented and got some positive feedback immediately!

These were scary steps to take, but with the encouragement and guidance Donna gave I can confidently move onward and upward in my business and reach the next level!

Lisa Bryant, www.jirehvirtualsolutions.com

Christine Rothdeutsch“Within the first weeks of the program my business began to appear out of the fog.”

Prior to working with Donna in the Step It Up VA program my business was not defined. I didn’t have an ideal client or a clear vision. Within the first weeks of the program my business began to appear out of the fog. Donna gave me the definite objectives that I had been lacking in my hit or miss marketing. With Donna’s guidance I quickly raised the bar on my services and I saw an immediate result. The Step It Up VA program not only gives you the specific tools needed but also the confidence to grow.

Christine Rothdeutsch
AsNeeded.Biz

Alli_Brook003[1]I am infinitely appreciative of her authentic, open-hearted, discerning nature and highly recommend working with her in any capacity you can!

Through Donna’s programs and direct coaching I have come to see that my self-growth and business success are not mutually exclusive, but rather both within my happy reach.

I followed Donna’s ezine and social channels for well over a year, unsure of how she could help me and my business. If you can’t quite put your finger on what you need to move forward, know that Donna will be able to support you in discovering your own unique clarity and direction.

Her programs and coaching blend direct action with self-acceptance – a true balance of yin and yang! I am infinitely appreciative of her authentic, open-hearted, discerning nature and highly recommend working with her in any capacity you can!

Alli Brook, allibrook.com

gretchenchristyBefore working with Donna in her 3-Month Business Boost coaching program I was overwhelmed and frustrated in my business.”

I had a lot of clients, but they weren’t ideal and I wasn’t making the revenues I had hoped. I was working a lot, and I was tired of trading hours for dollars. In addition, I didn’t have a direction to take my business, or any goals or plans for growth. With Donna’s help, I got crystal clear on the big vision for my business and created goals that allowed me to monitor my success. I was able to change my pricing model and started to charge based on the value I bring. With Donna’s guidance, I let several non-ideal clients go, I created packages for my other clients and I created a proposal that helped me to land my biggest client ever. Now, I am more at ‘ease’ in my business, there’s little stress or frustration. I work with just a handful of clients, but they’re all ideal. And the best thing is that I consistently meet my monthly revenue goals. 

Gretchen Christy, www.gretchenchristy.com

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