With all of the content-filled training courses on the internet today, it can be a daunting task to narrow down which virtual assistant training course is best for you. I was recently doing some research and stumbled upon an article that read something like, “101 Best Virtual Assistant Training Courses.” One hundred and one! Can you imagine going through a list of 101 virtual assistant training courses to decipher which was the best to take?
I immediately felt sorrow for the new virtual assistants out there or the struggling VAs. How could they possibly make a decision on ONE virtual assistant training course when there are so many to pick from? I knew at that point that I had to share some valuable insight on the few major characteristics of a top-notch VA course. I call these characteristics the Three Cs.
Virtual Assistant Training Course Essentials
1. Virtual Assistant Course Credentials
When I say credentials I do NOT mean that the course creator should have a certificate or Ph.D., of course. However, you must ask yourself, “What is behind this course’s story?” Successful long-term VAs have figured out a formula to stand out among the rest in a highly competitive market. They have had to be their own boss, be their own motivators, and be their own cheerleaders even in the toughest of times. People who have worked with the course creator should have provided testimonials to the creator’s validity. Has the creator been around long enough to make a respectable name for themselves?
In my research, I discovered that some virtual assistant training courses were provided by a company or individual with no real experience being a freelancer or virtual assistant. It is hard to believe but they are out there. A virtual assistant training course should be developed first hand by someone who has paved the way for other virtual assistants, someone who cares enough about the industry to encourage others to do the same. Therefore, find out the story behind why the course was born and about the passionate person who had the vision to create it.
2. Virual Assistant Course Content
A virtual assistant training course should provide knowledge on how you can start a VA business from scratch. It should also take you through how you can keep your clients once you get them–and everything else in between. Unfortunately, some virtual assistants go through a long arduous road (alone) to find clients and to market themselves, only to be left wondering why nothing is working. A reliable virtual assistant training course pulls from personal experiences, trials, errors, and wins to equip you with a path to follow rather than a puzzle to assemble.
Teaching in a way that engages the student is essential to establishing worthwhile course content. Reading text-only lessons or books is a real struggle for adult students in this fast-paced technological world. Most people learn best by seeing and hearing. Therefore a video course will be the best avenue for a course creator to help you internalize the information. The virtual assistant training course you choose should provide a variety of resources for you to utilize including video, printables, and practical advice you can use in the real world.
The course content should have enough information that you will learn things that you didn’t even know you needed to know. Therefore taking a one or two-hour course for a career that can sustain you for a lifetime is just not realistic or feasible. Stay away from those short empty promise courses, specifically those that promise a specific dollar figure by the end of the course or in a specific time period. It should be clear in a quality VA training course that the road to success doesn’t come without hard work and dedication to the process.
3. Virtual Assistant Course Community
The last C that is fundamental to a quality virtual assistant training course is the community and support available to you during and well after the course. A good virtual assistant training course will have a public Facebook page that has an engaging moderator or owner who is able to answer the questions of people who have not yet purchased their course. Of course, the owner can at times refer someone to take the course for more information, but you can observe the page for some time to assess if the owner /moderators present themselves as experts in the VA field.
Does the course website have a blog that helps virtual assistants with their businesses? Quality VA blogging signifies that a course’s goal is to help the VA community and establishes the course creator as an expert in the field. Taking the time to help the community, apart from selling their course to the community is priceless.
It is important to know what type of support you will get during and after the course. Course creators should be available to you during and after the course. Being a part of a group community with others who have taken the course in a forum or in a Facebook Group is an invaluable commodity of a good virtual assistant training course. In these communities, virtual assistants can share insights, struggles, and ask questions amongst each other and the course creator. The networking involved in being a part of the course group can form connections for job opportunities, to rejoice together in wins, and to receive encouragement through losses.
The Virtual Assistant Making Money Course provides all of the key elements to a quality virtual assistant training course and more. In the 6-week course you will receive:
– 30+ content-rich classes
– Personal small group coaching and mentorship
– A workbook with hands-on course activities
– Real-world insight into the VA industry including pricing AND networking
– Practical advice from a reliable and trustworthy industry veteran
The Virtual Assistant Making Money Course was born out of years of requests and personal coaching of countless virtual assistant business owners. Alexis Mathews has gathered her knowledge base from past experience in the VA industry which includes her lessons, failures, and triumphs into a practical 6-week hands-on learning experience. You will receive FULL LIFETIME access to the course and its many materials.
This course sets itself apart from other courses by providing the foundation, walls, trusses, and roof for building a successful virtual assistant business. One of the aspects of business growth and management that the Virtual Assistants Making Money course equips you with is the dynamics of client care.
Over the years, Alexis has had VAs on her team all with various levels of professionalism and knowledge of client care. The ones that stayed exhibit a high level of care, common sense, and respect for not only clients but for the projects they are assigned. Customer service and client care is a grave gap in the industry that the VAMM course chooses not to skip over, but explains how to pursue diligently.
Knowing the Three Cs essential elements to look out for in a virtual assistant training course will help you weed through courses to decide which is best for you.
If you have taken VA courses in the past, what do you think was missing from the content or delivery? What did it have that made it a quality virtual assistant training course? We would love to hear from you!