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Starting your VA Business with online courses
Back in the day when I started as a Virtual Assistant, there wasn’t much online in the way of courses. I mostly just marketed the skills I already had to people I already knew.
I remember feeling like I was totally in over my head with no clear path. Who was I to help other businesses when I was completely self-taught?
Now, you can learn anything and everything from a large variety of online training for virtual assistants.
This means that anyone can become a VA quickly and easily. If you are willing to invest in yourself, you can grow an amazing business from home.
The following list is pulled from courses I’ve taken and suggestions from a few of my favorite Virtual Assistant Facebook Groups.
I’ve listed out three different groupings, General Training for Virtual Assistants, Training for Specific Skills and Training for Running Your Business.
General Training for Virtual Assistants
Ready to start working as a Virtual Assistant but not sure where to start? Grab this 30-page ebook and learn how to start your business in just a few hours. I wrote this to help you get your business off the ground ASAP and it includes all the info a beginner needs.
Kayla Sloan has put together an impressive training for Virtual Assistants who are just getting started or want to seriously up their game. From finding and pitching clients, to how to manage your time, this course is a great investment.
Want to close the doors on that 9-5 job and become a virtual assistant working from wherever you want? That was Gina Horkey’s dream, too. So she created a successful, sought-after VA business and can now teach you her tricks of the trade in 30 days or less. The testimonials from her past students are quite impressive!
Abbey, The Virtual Savvy, put together this super comprehensive course. Virtual Assistant Bootcamp is the comprehensive step-by-step program that gives you all the proven methods, strategies, tools and resources you need to create your own profitable freedom business. Sign up for the free webinar to get an idea of what is offered.
The VAClassroom University is an easy to use, responsive and life-long learning platform that is built on a semester system and offers three enrollment intakes per year (September, January, May) and includes, current and relevant VA training certifications, courses, and programs to keep your skills sharp and in-demand.
If you are a VA, an experienced administrator or have excellent skills which can help a business owner manage and scale their online business, you can become a Certified OBM through this program from Sarah Noked.
Training for Specific Skills
Bloggers and business owners are constantly looking for Pinterest VA’s to run their Pinterest accounts for them. Well, this course is one-of-a-kind because it teaches you how to start your Pinterest VA business from scratch and start making money right away.
Monica from Redefining Mom is the promoted pins expert! She created this course to teach you exactly how to promote pins on Pinterest without the worry of dreaded Pinterest algorithm changes. Plus, you get to see her amazing Pinterest funnel strategies!
Grayson Bell created this FREE course, Understanding WordPress, to help you navigate WordPress with ease. Grayson is my go-to for tech problems on my site and he knows his stuff. If you want a better understand of WordPress to help your clients, this is the course to take.
This is a completely FREE workshop that will help you turn your skills into a proofreading business. The host, Caitlin, loves reading and writing and knows exactly how to make money doing it! She also runs the Work-at-Home Summit (also free!)
Facebook Side Hustle teaches you how to run lead ads for local businesses. You can charge around $1,000 a month for these types of services! Make sure you sign up for the Facebook group too, it is a wealth of knowledge and a super helpful group of people.
This membership program has training on all the major social media sites with more added each month. You can join for only $1 to see if it works for you. In addition to the videos, there are templates, monthly Q&A sessions, and an active community.
Social Media Marketing Simplified breaks down everything you need to know about the landscape of social media, how to analyze the marketing efforts, creating effective social media strategies and how to execute those strategies with ease.
Learn how to do the planning and management of a project without doing the implementation. In this 8-week training, you will learn every single step of successfully managing a project from start to finish! Plus, marketing your services, onboarding clients and more!
If you’re ready to step up your tech game, the SavvyTech is where you need to be. You’ll get exclusive access to the most updated tech tutorials on the market, including video tutorials, in-depth courses, a member community and more!
This online SEO course will help you to master the process of organically driving traffic to websites by learning critical components such as keyword research, on-page and off-page optimization, and SEO analytics.
Training for Running Your Business
Ready to learn how to pitch your Virtual Assistant services to any client? Ciara has experience pitching to small businesses, non-profits and government entities, so she really knows her stuff! She has laid out a fantastic course that will help you to build strong proposals.
Worried about you contract, welcome packet, and other legal documents? You can buy the VA Toolbox and get customizable templates for contracts, subcontracts, welcome packet and more!
This course ends in a certificate from Quickbooks showing that you are a certified user. You can either use this in your own business or offer this as a service to clients. It’s as simple as attending a training, study in Quickbooks and pass an exam.
Build Your Own VA is a self-paced tech training to help you understand automation, set your admin on autopilot, and use workflows to get your business systems running smoothly.
Dubsado is my very favorite customer management software. It does just about everything! From time tracking to invoicing and electronic contract signatures, it’s totally worth the $25 a month. Plus, it’s free for your first three clients! This setup plan keeps you organized, makes sure you never skip a beat, and gets you up & running in a flash. It comes in 3 versions, too: Asana, Trello, and Word. Plus, keep your eye out for the complete Dubsado set up course coming soon!
Now that you’ve read this extensive list of training for virtual assistants, you have no more excuses to not start your own VA business!