• Craig  Cannings

    Craig Cannings

    Chief Learning Officer, Freelance University

    In 2008, my wife Kelly and I co-founded Freelance University with the purpose of becoming the #1 go-to training center for Freelancers and VAs from around the globe! As of this year, we have successfully trained over 14,000 Virtual Assistants and Freelancers in more than 70 countries. Kelly and I have had the great privilege of building our Online University while raising our 5 daughters who are the greatest blessings of our lives. I look forward to meeting you and seeing you either in this program or at our University very soon. I leave you with my favorite quote from marketing guru, Seth Godin: "The only worse thing than starting something and failing... is not starting something."
VA 101, our Virtual Assistant start-up program, will give you the exact steps, tools, and resources you need to hit the ground running with an exciting new VA business this year!

Course Reviews

  • Clear and precise

    Andrea Ormerod

    It is great content, although most of it is probably what you have already thought of, to have it organized and presented in such a clear format makes the ta...

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    It is great content, although most of it is probably what you have already thought of, to have it organized and presented in such a clear format makes the task of setting up a business seem almost easy! I think the visuals are brilliant.

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  • Excellent course - covered key elements that I didn't rea...

    Belinda Robinson-Jones

    This was an excellent course and very crucial for every new VA or new freelance business owner to take. It covers every possible area of starting a new busin...

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    This was an excellent course and very crucial for every new VA or new freelance business owner to take. It covers every possible area of starting a new business that you will not even think of. Everything is outlined step by step. What's great is we have the tips, tools and lists that we can refer back to. Invaluable course!

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  • VA 101

    Linda Nelson

    Text was well laid out and thought provoking. My only issue was trying to go back to click on the link to hear the TED talk by Angela Duckworth - there did...

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    Text was well laid out and thought provoking. My only issue was trying to go back to click on the link to hear the TED talk by Angela Duckworth - there didn't seem to be a way to access it at the end of the module.

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  • Launching My Virtual Assistant Business

    Samantha Hobbs

    So far I have found the course to be informative, but it is still early days. However if the rest of the course and training is the same, it will have been w...

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    So far I have found the course to be informative, but it is still early days. However if the rest of the course and training is the same, it will have been well worth the time and effort I will have contributed to the course. And I can see my virtual Assistant business being a great success.

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  • Great Course!

    Rena Mahaffey

    VA 101 course was full of detailed relevant information for starting a VA business. I am very pleased with course content and feel like I now have a clear p...

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    VA 101 course was full of detailed relevant information for starting a VA business. I am very pleased with course content and feel like I now have a clear path and task list for starting my VA business. Well worth the investment.

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  • Aaron's review

    Aaron Cretzman

    I thought the course was well laid out. There was a lot of info and it was relevant to the world today. It is over whelming but if I step back and listen to ...

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    I thought the course was well laid out. There was a lot of info and it was relevant to the world today. It is over whelming but if I step back and listen to what Craig is saying...take one step at a time, review each module and start to put together what your VA biz should look like. There are great examples of VA websites. Each module builds on the previous one to keep the theme of building a business. The material is very relative to the world today, with a ton of great resource material and walk through examples of the multitude software available to support a VA. The navigation was very easy to follow, with the "next" at the bottom right corner and the bouncing icon to guide me to the next segment to watch or read. I also super love the fact that I can stop at any point and then come back days later and "resume the course" at exactly the point where I left off. This feature is amazing when you are working a full time job and want to come back to the same place where you left off. A job well done!

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  • Great course

    Marva Lee-Young

    This course was grea for anyone going into the virtual business. Some things I already have in place but there was others points hat I appreciate the elabor...

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    This course was grea for anyone going into the virtual business. Some things I already have in place but there was others points hat I appreciate the elaborating on. Great course! Marva

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  • Well worth my investment of time and $$$

    Dawn Lawrence

    All the modules 1 - 10 were enjoyable to listen and learn from our teacher Craig Cannings. The downloadable handouts with the supportive information to keep ...

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    All the modules 1 - 10 were enjoyable to listen and learn from our teacher Craig Cannings. The downloadable handouts with the supportive information to keep me on track, focused, orderly and structured to keep my attention to begin my VA business, and visualizing myself attaining my VA goals with confidence. Thank you!

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  • VAC 101: Launch Your Virtual Assistant Business in 30 Days

    Karen Kannegiesser

    Craig was awesome! Content was thorough and information without information overload! Thanks for a great introduction to the exciting possibilities that li...

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    Craig was awesome! Content was thorough and information without information overload! Thanks for a great introduction to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead!

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  • First Course Review

    Paula Dean

    Having previously done a few online courses on this subject I can confidently say that this course was interesting and provided highly valuable and helpful c...

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    Having previously done a few online courses on this subject I can confidently say that this course was interesting and provided highly valuable and helpful content, it is well worth taking the time to work through the modules, flicking back and forward as required. I highly recommend this course to all people who are interested in becoming a Virtual Assistant or for those who simply want to get to know a bit more about how things work in this online industry.

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Course curriculum

  • 1
    VA 101 Orientation
    • VA 101 Training Schedule
    • VA 101 Pre-Course Survey
    • 10 Step VA Start Up Guide
  • 2
    Module One: Assess Your Virtual Assistant Readiness
    • Download Module One Handout
    • Module One Introduction
    • Lesson 1: The VA Success Continuum
    • Lesson 2: VA Self-Discovery Assessment
    • Lesson 3: The Top Virtual Assistant Skills
    • [PDF] Self Discovery Assessment
  • 3
    Module Two: Define your Big Why
    • Download Module Two Handout
    • Lesson 1: Define Your Big Why
    • Lesson 2: Goal Setting and Action Planning
    • [PDF] Business Planning Resources
    • [PDF] Action Planning Template
  • 4
    Module Three: Define Your Virtual Assistant Niche
    • Download Module Three Handout
    • Lesson 1: Discover Your Virtual Assistant Niche
    • Lesson 2: Test the Viability of Your VA Niche
    • Lesson 3: Review the Top Virtual Assistant Niches
    • [PDF] Niche Assessment Guide
    • [PDF] Ultimate VA Services List
  • 5
    Module Four: Create Your Virtual Assistant Brand
    • Download Module Four Handout
    • Lesson 1: Discover Your Personal Brand
    • Lesson 2: Select Your Business Name
    • Lesson 3: Create Your Business Tagline
    • [PDF] Domain Selection Guide
    • [PDF] Personal Brand Assessment
  • 6
    Module Five: Build Your Online Presence
    • Download Module Five Handout
    • Lesson 1: Three Components of a Powerful Online Presence
    • Lesson 2: Planning Website Content
    • Lesson 3: Selecting Your Website Technology
    • Lesson 4: Website Design Best Practices
    • Lesson 5: Setting up your Email List Management System
    • Lesson 6: Building Your Social Media Platform
    • [PDF] Website Assessment Guide
    • [PDF] Web Design Best Practices
    • [PDF] Online Presence Tool Guide
    • [PDF] Facebook Page Set Up Checklist
    • [PDF] LinkedIn Profile Checklist
    • [PDF] Twitter Profile Checklist
  • 7
    Module Six: Set Up Your Business Structure and Office
    • Download Module 6 Handout
    • Lesson: Set Up Your Business Structure and Office (Full module in one video)
    • [PDF] Sample Client Proposal
    • [PDF] Sample Virtual Assistant Agreement
    • [PDF] Client Policy - Example 1
    • [PDF] Client Policy - Example 2
    • [PDF] Business Systems Checklist
    • [PDF] Client Information Form
  • 8
    Module Seven: Determine Your Service Rates and Packages
    • Download Module 7 Handout
    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Service Packages
    • Lesson 2: Categories of Service Packages
    • Lesson 3: How to Create Effective Service Packages
    • Lesson 4: Pricing Your Services
    • Lesson 5: Position Your VA Services
    • [PDF] Summary of Website Listings
  • 9
    Module Eight: Build Your Success Network
    • Download Module 8 Handout
    • Lesson 1: Building Your Support Network
    • Lesson 2: Build Four Circles of Support
    • VA Networking Resources
    • VA Coaches List
  • 10
    Module Nine: Find Your First Client
    • Download Module 9 Handout
    • Lesson 1: Keys to Finding Ideal Clients
    • Lesson 2: Fourteen Ways to Find Great Clients
    • Client Marketing Tips Sheet
    • Sample Cold Calling Email Script
  • 11
    Module Ten: Build Your Virtual Assistant Toolbox
    • Download Module 10 Handout
    • Virtual Assistant Success Toolbox
    • [PDF] Virtual Assistant Toolbox Resource Guide
  • 12
    FInal Course Survey
    • Complete Final Survey