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Create a working life you love that fits around your family and works for YOU for a change by setting up and running your own Virtual Assistant business.
All my knowledge and experience (as well as my heart and soul) has gone into this DIY course which covers everything you need to set up and run a successful business.
Stop thanklessly slogging your guts out working for someone else when you can do exactly the same tasks on your own terms - and keep all the money!
This section covers how to analyse your career history and assess your skill set so you can work out whether you already have a niche and what your services should be.
This covers what you should charge, how to invoice and get paid, setting up a business bank account, data protection (GDPR), tax and insurance. Basically all the legal stuff!
I show you how to create your own flexible, working calendar so you can happily manage your training, personal and work commitments without dropping the ball or going insane.
It's important to thoughtfully consider and establish your personal brand. From deciding on your company name and logo, to what you should write on your VA website.
This detailed marketing section covers how to land your first client as well as how to confidently promote your business. You also receive free access to my marketing and website courses.
I show you how to effectively run your VA business once you've set up. This includes managing client work and expectations and how to stay motivated and on track.
Containing job postings, Q&A sessions, a buddy up scheme, a book club, challenges and local meetups. I also give you weekly personal advice and feedback on your progress.
Are any of your other downloads and courses included in the course?
Yes, you get all my smaller downloads and templates as well as my Guide on How to Get Clients and free access to the Ultimate Marketing course, the Website Set Up course and the Beginners WordPress course.
You do NOT get the minute taking, pricing or newsletter courses (or any legal docs), but you do receive exclusive discounts for all of them.
Do I need to have been a PA to do the course?
My own background was actually hospitality and events so, although I had basic admin skills, I'm living proof that you don't need advanced secretarial skills. A VA is a freelance administrator however so you do need to already have organisational and admin abilities - just like you would need artistic ability to work as a tattoo artist for example.
Does the training cover how to do social media and tech stuff?
No, because there are as many types of VAs as there are types of business. The course shows you how to use the skills you already have to find clients.
Do I have any direct support from you?
Yes. I'm always on hand to answer questions in the trainee-only Facebook group, I hold monthly live Q&A sessions and provide personal advice and feedback via the weekly 'Coffee Morning' post. Trainees are also asked to contact me directly if they are struggling with anything specific.
What else happens in the Rock Stars Facebook group?
Loads of things! There's the Friday 'Coffee Morning' I mentioned above (you tell me how you're getting on and I record a video each week with advice and feedback), a monthly 'Buddy up', a quarterly business book club and regular local meet ups. Also, any work enquiries I receive are posted in your private group and members regularly post jobs and outsource work to one another.
How long does it take to complete the course?
It’s hard to say how many hours on average it will take because it depends on how much time you have or want to dedicate to it. Some people are up and running within a few weeks and others complete it over the course of a few months alongside their full-time job.
Does the course expire and do I have to do it within a set period of time?
No to both questions. You have lifetime access so you can start the course whenever you like and dip in and out of it whenever you want. You can whizz through the course and get clients within a couple of months (many people do), but you can also take longer should you choose to do so.
Can I speak to any of the trainees before I buy
You can indeed. You can read trainee case studies on my website and see video testimonials on YouTube. You can then either contact each VA directly via their website link and/or via my open VA Handbookers Facebook group.
Do you offer any payment plans?
Yes. If you click any of the pink payment buttons, you'll see the options available to you. I have trainees from all over the world and you can see how much the course will cost in your own currency by visiting xe.com.
How do I access the course once I've bought it?
The course is hosted on a private courses website. Once you click to buy, you'll immediately receive an email with your login details so you can instantly access the site and start working through all the sections. Check your spam folder if you don't receive your login details within an hour. The login email will go to the email address you use to buy the course.
Can I do this course if I don't live in the UK?
Yes. There are people from all over the world already on this course as the training is not dependant on you being in a specific location. The course focuses on how to set up a strong foundation and how to find clients.
Can I see what lessons are included in the course?
You can indeed. Just click on one of the big pink buttons and you'll be taken to the website where the course is located. There you will see payment plan options and all the different sections and lessons.
I have a few more questions...
No problem. Email email@example.com and ask away.
(Some of these are anonymous comments as the trainee didn't want their employer knowing they were setting up their own business)
"It's 3 years today since I bought your DIY course and how things have changed since then! Best decision ever. Started the course in the September, left full time work in the December and now have 3 members of staff and a thriving VA business! I think I love you a little bit." 😘 Charlotte Souber
"When I bought Jo’s DIY course I have to admit it was a “close my eyes and click” moment. I was pretty sure I wanted to be a VA but I wasn't convinced… until I signed up. Within half an hour of receiving my login details and welcome email I knew I'd made the right decision. The way Jo writes makes you feel like she's there in the room with you, talking you through every stage (and telling you off when you start to doubt!). She immediately instills confidence."
"If you are on the fence about taking this course, jump off and DO IT. The amount of education, support and resources it offers is staggering. I didn't go through it from a to z but cherry-picked the info I needed whenever I needed it. I was scared about spending the money (any money!) at the time, but am ever so grateful I did." Karen Fouts
"Thank you so much for your time and brilliant advice today. It is so helpful talking things through with an experienced professional and it has provided me with much needed clarity. I really appreciate the fantastic support you provide in the group and feel very privileged to be a part of the Rock Stars." Laura Vaakanainen
"I followed Jo’s course to the T – I knew this was my time to shine and I wasn’t about to waste my money. Within days of completing the DIY course and publishing my LinkedIn profile I had my first client. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I already had a return on the money that I’d spent and it had only taken 6 weeks! "The course is invaluable. Now that I have completed it and I have my business up and running with more clients than I financially need, I would advise anyone to invest in the course. You'll get a very quick return on your investment." Sophie Khaksari"
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the course.