I don’t need to enroll in a virtual assistant course to get hired. Well, that’s what I thought.
There are tons of free Virtual Assistant videos and materials on the internet. You can learn a lot from them but here is the real question. Would that be enough for you to land your first Virtual Assistant (VA) Job? When I was starting out, I didn’t have enough money to pay for an online course. I thought watching Youtube videos would be enough to attract clients for an interview. Eventually, I did pay for an online course and it is worth it Let me tell you why.
Before I tell you the reasons why I think it is a good idea to pay for an online course, let me tell you that this is not a sponsored post. Neither will you find any affiliate link to an online virtual assistant course. I just want to help people save some time and be on their merry way to becoming virtual assistant. I know it is not easy to land your first interview, your first job offer, and your first Client. I went through that. I hope this article will help you out.
1. Save Time
With so many videos and blog articles out there, it would take some time to determine which one you should be watching and which one is not. Some might have outdated information and it is rare to find a single video or a single website that would provide all the information that you would need. And if you do find a website that would provide all the information that you need, most of them would require you to pay for a subscription to get full access.
But don’t lose hope. There are plenty of free resources that I would tell you about later in this blog. I personally learned so much from them. Keep on reading until the end of the post and I will give you some free and paid virtual assistant courses to save you some time.
2. Certificates and Skills
Most clients don’t have time to train their VAs. That is also the reason why most clients prefer to hire an experienced virtual assistant. If you are applying for a job that you have previous experience with, then you might get hired. But if you are changing careers then you might need to invest in some courses to help you get hired faster and earn money quicker.
Most legit online courses provide certification that you can use when applying for a virtual assistant job. Also, online training courses have the most updated information for your niche. Learning from people who are seasoned VA would eliminate the guesswork and save you a lot of time.
One good thing about investing in a paid course is the network that they have. What do I mean about that? You will meet people who could help you widen your network within the VA community in the Philippines. After taking the course, some of them would offer apprenticeship programs that can help you find a client.
I paid for an online course by a company called FVA consultancy. I enrolled in the virtual assistant course and a Search engine optimization course last year. FVA has an apprenticeship program. If you get selected for the program, you will get paid while you are still learning the ropes. They also have an Agency where you can get long-term clients called Surge Digital agency.
Jason Dulay founded VA Bootcamp which is another company that has helped a lot of Filipinos how become Virtual Assistants. They offer free courses as well as paid courses. Quickpro is another great resource for aspiring VAs and is run by Coach Maj. I have attended some of his training and learned a lot from him.
As promised here are the website and Facebook pages of the companies indicated above
Filipino Virtual Assistant (FVA Consultancy)
Do you remember the news a while back about a kid who spent Php100,000 on an online game purchase? That’s coach Grace’s kid.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/FILIPINOVIRTUALASSISTANCE
Website – https://www.fvaconsultancy.com/
Jason Dulay has been in the Virtual assistant scene for quite. I attended some of his free webinars and I tell you. It is worth your time. Check out their Facebook group and Website link
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/flipph
Website – https://vabootcamp.ph/
Quickpro is another great resource. They provide free webinars and I highly recommend attending his training. I attended his Graphic design workshop and learn so much from him. You should check it out.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/QuickPro777
Other Virtual Assistant Facebook group
There are other Facebook groups that can help you land your first VA job. Aside from the three groups that I mentioned, you can check out the other following groups for possible job opportunities and VA resource
- Rocket Station – click here for the Facebook page
- REVA – Real Estate Virtual Assistant – click here for the Facebook page
- FILIPINO VIRTUAL ASSISTANT (Voice & Non-Voice) – click here for the Facebook page
- Virtual Assistant Talent, LLC – click here for the Facebook page
- Ylopo LLC– click here for the Facebook page
Personally, I didn’t need to pay for an online course when I was starting out. I applied for a company and they set me up with multiple interviews with potential clients. I got accepted and they provided 2 weeks of training. After a while, a colleague referred me to a client who was looking for a VA and I got another job.
I was tasked to do social media and search engine optimization. I have been blogging for years and know about SEO but I needed a certificate and enrolled in an online course with FVA consultancy. It was worth it. I knew that I needed to upgrade my skills if I was to hit a 100K salary per month in my first year of being a Virtual Assistant. More on my virtual assistant origin story in the succeeding post.
There are free courses on the net for those who don’t have the extra money for paid training. Free training would teach you the basics so that you can get your feet wet and start your Virtual assistant journey. Although you need to be a bit more patient to land a job. You might get hired by a client who would be willing to train a new Virtual Assistant. There are VA companies that are willing to train people before endorsing their trainees for interviews like some of the Facebook groups that I mentioned.
If you want to earn more and earn faster, I suggest you invest in yourself and get enroll in a paid online course. Specialized Virtual assistant jobs such as Web design, Social Media Management, Graphic Design, Video editing and many more would help you earn more. You definitely need a certification. to land any of those jobs. If you don’t have enough funds for a paid online certificate but have the necessary skills, I suggest you create a website and showcase your portfolio there. That way your future clients can see how good you are.
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