My reply might be a bit long. And it might sound like an infomercial. But I prefer to think of it as a testimony. Just as a background - when I found out about this training program, I was 3 months into my layoff in a tough job market. We actually put our house up for sale because without my income, my husband wasn't making enough to pay the mortgage. So yes, I was very desperate. And for me finding this certification program was like my own little "bailout plan"
As I mentioned, I got laid off with no notice and no severance pay. And I desperately wanted to work from home so I could spend more time with my toddler. That's when I thought about starting a VA business. I felt that after more than 10 years of administrative assistance and project management experience, I was good to go. Then, by accident, I heard of VAClassroom. I attended their free webinar and realized that there was a high-demand niche - Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant - that I knew very little about. I signed up for and completed the Internet Marketing VA certification in August. Since then I acquired 2 clients that keep me very busy and that draw on my Internet Marketing VA knowledge. One of the clients required a VA with a knowledge of Social Networking and the other one - knowledge of blogging and article marketing. And today I picked up another client that requires a VA with web analytics knowledge. These are just 3 niches covered in VAClassroom's course.
Another thing that I really like about VAClassroom course is that once you're in, you stay involved and engaged. You are continuously learning. The individual segments (which include Competitive Research, Blogging, Affiliate Marketing, Email Marketing, Article Marketing, Web Analytics, Project Management, etc) are being constantly updated and new videos and reference materials added to the content. Also, new courses are being added once every couple of months. For example, in the last few months VAClassroom added a course on Project Management and a advanced blogging course. They will soon have a advanced Social Networking VA course.
VAClassroom also has a forum in which one can post any questions about any of the courses or about building VA practice. Once a month there are networking calls and also webinars on "hot topics".
My original plan was to complete the certification, get a button for my website, and then cancel my membership and walk away. Well, I completed the certification and now show a button on my website. I got my first client through a referral at VAClassroom. And then I decided to stay because of networking opportunities, news and education on the latest VA trends, and knowledge that I if I need help, I can get it through the Forum or by e-mailing or even calling VAClassroom's founder, Craig Cannings.
I can go on and on about this program because it's been very good to me and I've seen great results. But I also know many other successful VAs who went through this program and who have lots of great stuff to say about it. Please e-mail me if you have any questions about this program.
Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant