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Hi all,

 

I just joined this networking group yesterday and have been spending time just exploring the sight. There is a lot of great information and everyone seems very supportive and forthright with information and support.

 

When looking at the posts on VA training, they seemed a bit antiquated. Has anyone gone through recent certification that they would recommend.

Another question I have is: Are you finding that certification is necessary immediately?

 

I'm just curious - as several of you have indicated, experience and passion for creating your own businesses might be enough to start.

 

thanks for any recommendations or insights you have.

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Hi MakeYouShine,

 

It would be great if you would share your name.

 

When I first started my VA business, I quickly jumped into the real estate arena and became certified as a REPA, Real Estate Professional Assistant through the National Association of Realtors. I wasn't sure if it would benefit me, but fortunately, it did. My first long-term retainer client was a broker and I worked with him for about a year until the housing market went down the drain and he just couldn't afford to use me anymore.

 

The second certification I obtained was Certified Internet Marketing Specialist through VAClassroom. I truly enjoyed this training and actually it is an ongoing training site and there is a forum as well to learn from others much like what you have found here at VAnetworking. I have found this to be very beneficial to my business and has given me some great skills that are relevant to today's business needs.

 

Of course one of the best things you can do for your business is to become a VAInsider (see my link below). The amount of information that is available through this insider area far exceeds the cost of becoming an insider. I would highly recommend you taking a look at joining.

 

As far as the other VA sites, I also belong to IVAA and have found it very helpful and I visit the website frequently for the RFPs.

 

Yes, experience and passion are a great starting point, but I found out quickly, that to compete in this great profession, I had to keep up with what people want and need. So I have to continue to upgrade my skills and learn something new every day.

 

Good luck and welcome to VAnetworking. :welcome:

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Hi all,

 

I just joined this networking group yesterday and have been spending time just exploring the sight. There is a lot of great information and everyone seems very supportive and forthright with information and support.

 

When looking at the posts on VA training, they seemed a bit antiquated. Has anyone gone through recent certification that they would recommend.

Another question I have is: Are you finding that certification is necessary immediately?

 

I'm just curious - as several of you have indicated, experience and passion for creating your own businesses might be enough to start.

 

thanks for any recommendations or insights you have.

 

Dear MakeYouShine,

 

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" :thumbup:

 

 

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.

 

Yelena McManaman

Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant

 

 

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Hi all,

 

I just joined this networking group yesterday and have been spending time just exploring the sight. There is a lot of great information and everyone seems very supportive and forthright with information and support.

 

When looking at the posts on VA training, they seemed a bit antiquated. Has anyone gone through recent certification that they would recommend.

Another question I have is: Are you finding that certification is necessary immediately?

 

I'm just curious - as several of you have indicated, experience and passion for creating your own businesses might be enough to start.

 

thanks for any recommendations or insights you have.

 

Dear MakeYouShine,

 

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" :thumbup:

 

 

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.

 

Yelena McManaman

Internet Marketing Virtual Assistant

 

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This sounds just like what I have been looking for in one package. Internet marketing is hot right now and I would love to be able to offer this service. So I am glad to hear people are happy with this. I am definitely going to check this program out and hopefully sign up soon. Thanks for all the feedback :) I love this forum :thumbup:

 

Jo-Carole

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Hi MakeYouShine,

 

Like you I have wondered about getting certified to be a VA. After some thought I decided to sign up for the VA classroom. Like Yelena said in her post you do stay involved and engaged in the VA classroom. You also can go at your own pace. There are 10 modules and I am on module 2. I hope to finish module 2 this weekend. My husband will be out of the house all day Saturday on a motorcycle trip and my plan is to finish module 2 and hopefully start module 3. While I am taking this course I am starting up my VA business. Once I get these two goals completed I will take another look at certification.

 

While your exploring this site, take notes. There is such a great amount of information here.

 

Good luck!

Beth

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