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This powerful and thought-provoking course will teach you everything that you need to know about setting up your own Virtual Assistant business. The course will show you where to find clients, the best websites to advertise your services, how to build your reputation with good testimonials, and ultimately how to get set up and build a successful, thriving business, from anywhere in the world.

What You Will Learn

  1. The Basics
  2. Identifying Your Niche
  3. Finding Work as a Freelancer
  4. Other Ways of Getting Work as a VA
  5. Setting up Your Home Office
  6. Managing a Successful Business/Practice

Module 1 introduces students to what a virtual assistant is. It describes the different types that there are and provides a general outlook on how the industry works. This module also focuses on why the industry is becoming more popular and talks about why large corporations employ virtual assistant businesses.

The 2nd Module of the Virtual Assistant Business Course is an insight into the need to identify your niche and skillset as a virtual assistant. This is an introduction to establishing yourself and starting your own business; matching your skillset to the market demand of the time. This module starts by listing down 15 pathways that you can use to decide your line of career. It also provides you with details on how you can provide your services as a virtual assistant.

Module 3 provides a list of companies you can join as a freelancer; essentially a short directory of your prospective employers. This module also guides you on the requirements of each of these companies, what kind of a virtual assistant they need, and how to apply to these companies.

Moreover, for each of the companies mentioned, students will be guided on:

  • How to look for work that interests you
  • How to set up a rate/price
  • How to make sure that you get the project that you are interested in
  • How to maintain your reputation, and the importance of feedback
  • How you can stand out among the pool of freelancers
  • How you can beat the competition to get picked for a project
  • The different membership plans, and which one to choose for yourself

The 4th module of the Virtual Assistant Business Course lists a number of other ways in which you can find work as a virtual assistant. These include:

  • Setting up your own business
  • Advertising yourself on social media forums
  • Advertising via brochures and flyers

This module also lists a few other firms and how you can look for vacancies related to virtual assistance. Lastly, you will learn how you can use social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, to your advantage as a virtual assistant. The main aim of this module is to guide you through the process of finding a job with virtual assistant firms.

Module 5 is a guide to setting up your office at home. It discusses the basic supplies and equipment you will need to set up your own virtual assistant business. This module will also focus on the technical abilities and certain basic software and applications that you will need to set up your office at home and help you as a virtual assistant.

The final module of the Virtual Assistant Business Course discusses, in detail, how to manage your business. It elaborates on how you should develop customer relations, the importance of managing your time, and organising and scheduling your tasks to increase your efficiency, and the kinds of emergencies a virtual assistant can face, and how to deal with each of these.

Lastly, this module highlights the importance of staying on top of your game in the virtual assistant industry. It is crucial that you continuously improve your skillset over time, as the nature of work keeps evolving and by increasing your skillset, you can diversify. Deadlines are important, and thus you need to ensure that your clients receive their due tasks in time, to increase the chance of future employment.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

If you have ever wanted to work at home, be your own boss, never have to deal with a commute, and to work the hours you choose, to fit your lifestyle, then the Virtual Assistant Business Course is for you. If you have a skillset that enables you to produce and deliver work over the internet, then you can sell your services online, and this course will show you how.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Virtual Assistant Business Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: The Basics

  • What is a Virtual Assistant?
  • Scope for Virtual Assistants
  • Summary
  • Assessments
    • MCQs
    • Short Questions

Module 2: Identifying Your Niche

  • Virtual Assistant Career Pathways Options
    • Executive Administrative Services
    • Medical/Legal Transcription and Assistance Services
    • Website Assistance
    • Virtual Accounting/Bookkeeping Assistance
    • Publicity Assistance
    • Property Management Assistance
    • Travel Coordination Assistance
    • Internet Marketing Virtual Assistance
    • Social Media Virtual Assistance
    • Blogging Assistance
    • Online Event Coordination Services
    • Copywriting / Editing Assistance
    • Business Coaches/ Speakers Assistance
    • Project Management
  • Identifying Your Skillset
  • Deciding on the Services You Want to Offer
  • Summary
  • Assessments
    • MCQs
    • Short Questions

Module 3: Finding Work as a Freelancer

  • PeoplePerHour
    • How to register
    • Features
    • Benefits of PPH
    • Get some experience
    • Setting The Correct Rates
    • Prepare Your Bids
    • Bid early
    • Keep a check on payments
    • Develop your network
    • Always charge for your work
    • Summary
  • Upwork
    • How to get registered on Upwork?
    • Different membership plans at Upwork
    • How to look for work that interests you on Upwork?
    • How to set up a rate/price on Upwork?
    • How to make sure that you get the project that you are interested in?
    • How to maintain your reputation, and the importance of feedback
    • How can you stand out among the pool of freelancers?
    • How can you beat the competition to get picked for a project?
    • Summary
  • Freelancer
    • Types of projects you can find
    • Features
    • Crowd sourcing, outsourcing and hourly work
    • Secure Payment method
    • Freelancer desktop app
    • Freelancer local
    • Tycoon Talk
    • How to get the best out of Freelancer
      • Build a strong portfolio
      • Choosing the right type of membership
      • Choosing the right bid
      • Reviews and feedback
      • Referral bonus
      • Add extra value
      • Be honest
      • Develop an excellent customer relationship
    • Summary
  • Toptal
    • Summary
  • Guru
    • Getting Registered
    • Membership Plans
    • How to Find Work
    • Deciding a Rate/Price
    • Get the Project of Your Interest by Beating the Competition
    • Feedback and Maintenance of Reputation
    • Stand Out Among the Pool of Freelancers:
    • Summary
  • 99 Designs
    • CrowdSourcing
    • Design Contests
    • How to be successful at 99designs
    • Stick with the brief
    • Enter the competition first
    • Stand out by being different
    • Experiment with prototypes
    • Avoid Perfection
    • Know when to quit
    • Summary
  • College Recruiter
    • Getting Registered
    • Find work that interests you
    • Get the job that you are interested in
    • Summary
  • Simply Hired
    • Registering for 'Simply Hired'
    • Membership plans
    • Looking for work that meets your interests
    • Ensuring that you find a project that interests you
    • Establishing a strong reputation.
    • Standing out
    • Summary
  • Project4Hire
    • How to Get Registered?
    • Membership and Fees
    • How to Look for Work?
    • How to Setup a Rate/Price, Reputation & Feedback
    • Summary
  • Assessments
    • MCQs
    • Short questions

Module 4: Other Ways of Getting Work as a VA

  • Setting up your own business
  • Marketing Yourself
  • Other ways
    • Create an Impressive Portfolio
    • Get Noticed
    • Network
    • Social Media
    • Reach out
    • Encompass feedback into practice
    • Collaborate
  • Free Online Job Postings:
  • Summary
  • Assessments
    • MCQS
    • Short Questions

Module 5: Setting up Your Home Office

  • Office supplies: the necessities
  • Technological tools
  • Additional Applications
    • Desktop Sharing/Online Meetings/Teleseminars
    • File Sharing/Office Programs/Misc
  • Blogging and RSS
  • Summary
  • Assessments
    • MCQS
    • Short Questions

Module 6: Managing a Successful Business/Practice

  • Customer relations
  • Maintaining a strong liaison
  • Strong customer service
  • Professionalism all the way
  • Hold to honesty
  • Take the extra mile
  • Testimonials and Referrals
  • Organisational skills and scheduling
  • Reducing the paper bulk
  • Make use of technology
  • Handling emergencies
  • Staying on top of the game
  • Cultivate reliability
  • Understand the client
  • Nurture your skills
  • Get to know the competition
  • Be resourceful
  • Take the extra mile
  • Make yourself a brand
  • Summary
    • Customer relations
    • Organisational skills and scheduling
    • Handling emergencies
    • Staying on top of the game
  • Assessments
    • MCQs
    • Short Questions
  • Course Overview
    • The basics
    • Identifying your niche
    • Finding work as a freelancer
    • Other ways of getting work as a VA
    • Setting up your home office
    • Managing a successful business practice

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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