Hi, I’m Barbara - where do I start?

I have worked in the corporate world for over 25 years as an Executive Assistant and worked in many industries as a Business & Marketing Manager. With a sales & marketing background, qualifications in Business Management and Marketing/Sales as well as a trade in Graphic Design.

The corporate world for me long term wasn’t going to happen, not for the long haul anyway. In the back of my mind, I couldn’t see myself working till the age of 70 for someone else, I had too many ideas going around in my head to be chained to a desk doing the same things day in and day out, attending wasteful meetings and listening to peoples ‘dribble’ during 
my lunch breaks!

I have worked in a number of different industries ie Pharmaceutical; Community Care; Medical; Real Estate; Construction; Sales; HR; Marketing & Business Development. My biggest goal comes when assisting clients and brainstorming and coming up with different marketing strategies or ideas that they had never thought possible.

One major difference within my VA business structure is a client is dealing with ‘me’ directly. I do not outsource to other Virtual Assistants. I do not have a team or agency working for me and there has been a good reason for this decision. My clients want to speak with the VA who is representing their business and I feel I have achieved more business this way.

I specialise in five key areas which I feel is essential in assisting businesses.

1. Lead Generation | Cold Calling | Appointment Setting
2. Business Development 
3. Administration | Project Management
4. Social Media Marketing
5. Content Writing

 The ‘Your VA for the Month’ package and my Recurring Packages are my most popular.

 I also have a side gig called The Independent VA, www.theindependentva.com.au where I mentor other VAs, write blogs, am currently writing E-books, putting together templates about the VA industry and it’s a go too place for new & existing VA’s, because I have a real passion for the VA industry I work in. It’s not just a job or business to me, it’s my life..it’s what I get up each and every morning, because I have a real passion and love for what I do.

People describe me as articulate, down to earth. I’m a carer for my elderly mum and own a German Shepherd Dog. What keeps me sane and normal is exercising and running with my GSD, weight training, dancing, swimming, gardening and being outdoors.

 Hope you enjoy reviewing my website and hope I can assist you, feel free to contact me anytime.


Barbara Burstall

A VA who ‘thinks’ outside the square

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