There is an abundance of free training on the Internet just waiting to be taken advantage of.
I went from working as a general administrative virtual assistant to specializing in WordPress membership sites and content marketing within a short period of time and doubled my rates as a result.
I took advantage of the Internet and found a ton of valuable free content. I joined webinars, watched YouTube videos and followed the advice of some of the most famous internet entrepreneurs out there. Below are just some of the online resources I use to to keep up to date on the latest in marketing and tech.
Trello is a free and amazing project management tool. Not only can you manage projects, but you can use it as a CRM, create #allthelists your heart desires, and be able to collaborate on different boards. You can start learning the basics of Trello here.
Asana is another fantastic project management tool with more structure to it that makes it a breeze to collaborate with clients or a team, big or small.
A CRM tool that will help you automate your business so it saves you time so that you can focus on other aspects of your business. By using Dubsado, you can generate leads, set up payments, create your contracts and have it ready to go, bookkeeping, client and project management. Need I say more?
Ready to start building your email list? ConvertKit is an email marketing platform that has great features for creators that will help you grow your audience.
Double Your Freelance Rate E-course
A great online course for freelancers to charge what they are worth. A free, 9 lesson course that has helped 25,000+ freelancers learn how to charge more. This course give you a start-to-finish playbook on how to raise your rates and each lesson has an interactive worksheet which will help you apply it to your unique business.
The Freelance Business Planning Workbook
This 40-page freelance business planning workbook will help you figure out what to do, what skills to leverage, and how to get started. PLUS, you’ll get an additional treasure chest checklist FULL of 250+ deals, favorites, and freebies to use in your business!
In this free e-book, you’ll learn the absolute basics about branding and how to create a beautiful brand for your business.
Femtrepreneur Blog E-course
Ready to start your own blog so that you can position yourself as the expert and start generating leads? Femtrepreneur has an awesome e-course for blogging.
One of the things you’ll need to have for your business is a website for clients to land on and find you, and start booking those discovery calls. Squarespace is a very user friendly platform that also allows you to be creative and customize your website with your branding.
Want to start learning about digital marketing, specifically Facebook ads? Julie Stoian, provides a free training called Facebook Ad Audiences 101.
Megan Minns is a VA, turned OBM, turned Productivity and Systems Strategist for online business owners. She has all the products, apps, tools, and resources she uses on a daily basis. She even has some Sqaurespace videos.
Social Media Examiner
A great resource to learn about social media, current trends of social media and marketing can be found on Social Media Examiner. They offer a weekly video show, weekly podcasts, and a weekly live video talk show to help boost your marketing skills and keep you up-to-date with the ever-changing world of social media.You’ll discover knowledge you need to make your business grow or your clients’ business.They even have the following guides to get you started:
– Facebook Marketing Guide
– Instagram Marketing Guide
– YouTube Marketing Guide
– LinkedIn Marketing Guide
Free Podcast Course
If you are thinking of starting a podcast for your business or looking to help a client get started, you can find all the trainings on podcasts all in one place on this YouTube channel here by John Lee Dumas of EOFire. Get ready to binge on all the videos.
VANetworking.com is a virtual assistants networking community where they offer FREE, informative, educational resources and answers to your questions you will ever need to keep your virtual business thriving at its peak performance. They even hold seminars throughout the year with different guests from the industry.
How to Write CSS
Want to learn how to write CSS? My good friend Dre Baltrami has got you covered. Learn how to master CSS even if coding scares you!
HubSpot is an on-line marketing leader who helps thousands of businesses with on-line marketing. They also offer some of the most amazing free webinars and a ton of free resources.
I have joined numerous webinars, and each webinar is packed with tremendous value. I walk away with from each webinar with new skills to offer my clients. With topics like SEO, website marketing, blogging and how to social media marketing you simply can’t afford to ignore this powerhouse of information.
Alison is a free online learning website. There are courses on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Google Apps, WordPress, podcasting and video editing just to name a few!
Udemy is a great online resource to learn just about anything from entrepreneurship to how to code your own website. For virtual assistants, there are plenty of free courses in a variety of areas that will be useful. Courses like learning how to use WordPress, Advanced Microsoft Suite training and more. It’s definitely worth checking out so you can brush up on your skills and even learn something new.
Want to learn how to write the words that go on your website and social profiles? Copyblogger has the perfect free copywriting 101 introductory course to get you started off on the right foot.
WPBbeginner is a free WordPress resource site that has over 130,000 users. They offer an amazing free WordPress training course called WPBeginner’s WordPress101. The training is very basic so if you don’t know your way around WordPress this is a great resource. If you’re familiar with WordPress this training might be too basic for you so I recommend checking out their other free content in the blog.
SkillShare has quickly become the go-to online learning platforms because the bring in some of the best instructors around. Some of the courses are free, but most are paid. I couldn’t think of a better marketing instructor than Seth Godin or learning social media strategy from Gary Vaynerchuk. And Entrepreneurship from Barbara Corcoran? Awesome. Sign up, thank me later.
Regina is AMAZING. She has a very popular site that help bloggers and creative entrepreneurs get their ducks in a row when it comes to starting their business. Regina offers a many different free workshops.
Visual Marketing is critical for a brand’s success and a virtual assistant business is no different. Enter Canva. Canva is a free simple graphic design software. It used to be that to create beautiful graphics you had to hire a graphic designer. Now all you have to do is create a free account and sign up for the Canva Design School to get started. Create social media graphics, website graphics, presentations, business cards and more. The sky is the limit.
Your First Client, a free e-course made for Virtual Assistants
Your First Client is an in-depth free e-course that teaches virtual assistants what they need to know to start and run a successful virtual assistant business. The content in this course isn’t fluff. It’s chock full of advice from a successful virtual assistant (me!) that’s been in the industry since 2008.
What online resources do you use to broaden your skills as a virtual assistant? Let us know by sharing them in the comments below. I read every single comment and look forward to hearing from all of you.
What online resources do you use to broaden your skills as a virtual assistant? Let us know by sharing them in the comments below. I read every single comment and look forward to hearing from all of you.
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94 thoughts on “Free Training For Virtual Assistants”
Thanks so much for the shout out and the link love Reese! 🙂 So glad all the free resources are useful, woohoo to getting techy with it.
Nathalie, LOVE your work! I am happy to shout you out from the rooftops. Keep up the amazing work. xoxo
Thank you so much for the info. I am finding it very helpful.
Awesome resources, thank you Reese, I’ve been looking for something like this.
So happy that I was able to give you some of what you were looking for. Let me know what you think of everything once you’ve had a look to take a peek.
Great article. Alison I had not heard of, interesting to see how their MSOffice compare to the ones you can get on Microsoft’s site.
Hi John, great point! Once you find out can you let us know?
Hi Reese, yes, I will post a comment as soon as I find out
Thank you for the new links to FREE training! Wow, you are awesome!!
Linda, thank you for commenting! It really helps me each and every week to get these kinds of lovely comments.
Did I tell you lately how much I miss working with you? It’s great to have my own VA business going on but I miss our daily contact and the opportunities to bounce ideas off each other. As always you are a wealth of information and we greatly appreciate it!
I miss working together too, Resa! The best part about not working together is that I get to see you more now that we’re not!
Fantastic list, Reese! I hadn’t heard of Nathalie or Alison, so I will be off to check them out. Copyblogger and HubSpot are on my list of favourite free resources. I definitely recommend that others sign up because then you receive fantastic free eBooks from HubSpot on a regular basis and Copyblogger’s daily newsletter is always a brilliantly informative read. As everyone knows, I love a good freebie, and I actually have a secondary email address for all my signups because there is so much fantastic free information out there up for grabs! Thanks for adding a couple more to my list! 🙂
Anna, we all know you love a freebie! Ha! Maybe you’ll write my first guest blog post on great online freebies around the web. Hmmmm…wheels are turning. 🙂
Thank you so much for these fabulous resources, Reese! 🙂 Bookmarked this post!
You are so welcome Sandra! Let me know what you think of all the training once you have had time to go through some of the links.
Rock On! These are great resources, and totally new to me. Much appreciate and I will check them out and recommend. Many thanks!
Woo hoo! I love hooking my girl up! xoxo
Ali Rittenhouse is a great resource for all things techie as well. Her free tutorials are the bomb!
Josia, how could I have forgotten to include Ali! Her stuff is definitely worth mentioning so THANK YOU for reminding me. 🙂
I like HubSpot’s articles most times and will have to check out Copyblogger’s! Thanks Reese!
You’re SO welcome, Sandra!
Wow, Reese! Thanks for sharing. I will have to look into this.
Isn’t it fun, Karen! 🙂
Hello . I checked out the courses on Alison about Microsoft and they are similar to the ones that you can download from Microsoft’s website. They still have 2003 version available ( I am biased toward this as I am certified in it)If this course can be used toward Microsoft Office certification, this is a gem!
Thanks for letting us know, John!!! 🙂
i am in India and i am in Virtual assistance profession since 2years, earlier i was working with the firm and now i am an independent VA,
I need to know that, will our location effects on generating business.
Hi Harsha, I know that a lot of American companies outsource to India and the Philippines. I myself work with a web developer from New Delhi and he has become a part of my virtual team. Prior to that I used virtual assistants from the Philippines to outsource some of my own work to. The key to generating more business is to market yourself and gain more skills in the process.
HI Reese,This is great! I love free anything, but training is the best! Thanks!
You’re quite welcome, PK!
I’m soooooo happy I found this information! Great Information!
Yay! Thanks Chay!!!!
Thanks Reese – appreciate the info. – free training is liquid gold to me! See you on line and have an excellent week.
Lynne glad you found the information useful! Have a great weekend!
Reese, thanks for your generous spirit. I will have to schedule a regular spot in my schedule to make sure I take advantage of these freebies.
Excellent Roxanne! Get techy with it! (as Nathalie says)
You are such a huge help Reese! Love your articles and everything you do for VA’s out there!
Thank you Sharon!
Thank you very much for the very useful information.
Reese, Thanks for letting us know about “the triple threat” :). I will watch the videos when I find time this weekend. And yes, thank you very much for reminding me about Alison.com. Though I have it in my TODO list, am yet to visit the site.
Hi Reese,I want to thank you as well for the great information. I didn’t realize there was so much out there for us to utilize for FREE….
It is awesome that you share your resources with us.
Have a great day:)
I am thinking of doing the virtual assistant thing but I am the main breadwinner in our household due to my husband’s ill health and I cant give up my day job yet. Any suggestions as to how to start small and get bigger?
I am so glad I found this site, you sound great fun and I think that is very important in life, to have as much fun as possible!
Gina, thank you! I try to have as much fun as I can. I understand completely where you are coming from. Read my about page about how I got started in the VA business. I started out working nights while I kept my day job. I worked 2-3 hours a night on average and I did this with two small babies at home. You CAN do this!
Good Morning Reese,
I read your information on naming a business and I came up with this name for my virtual business. AllSource Business Management 2. I really like diversity so as I start, I want to include everything and then later specialize. How does this all sound to you.
Is the name AllSource Business Management with a number 2 at the end? If so I would suggest dropping the number 2. Otherwise, sounds great!
Thank you so much for always being so helpful! I can tell that one of your passions is helping those of us who are just now getting our starts, keeping us informed of anything that will help us become successful. You are a true gem! I can’t thank you enough for all the useful info. you’ve posted and how it is helping me get started. Thanks from the bottom of my heart! Ellen
Ellen!!!!!! You’re welcome lovely lady! xoxo
These are great. I really like Alison as they have so many trainings that are beneficial to everyone. Thanks for all the great info.
Glad you found the post helpful, Marie!
Reese,Thanks so much for always being so helpful! These resources are great! I always want to be learning new things. I always look forward to seeing your newest blog entries too. It comes from the heart… thank you so much! Your appreciated.
Thank you for taking notice, Ellen! I do pour my heart into my blog posts so it’s great to be appreciated! xoxo
You are Fabulousness! Thanks for the resources. Will make excellent use of them to be like you when I grow up:) Blessings, Sylvia
Dear Reese,I have found your weblog googleing for information on VA services, as I am starting my business – linguistic mediation agency (website is coming soon). One of its bundles will be a blended business facilitation consisting of virtual assistance and a few offline services for exporters trying to enter the Spanish Market. I´d like to thank you for such a GREAT and practical information! I truly can´t stop reading your posts (-:
My Best Regards,
Natalia, why THANK YOU!!!!! Your business sounds well thought out and I really look forward to see what you’ll come up with! Come back and show off the site once it’s done! XOXO
Thanks for the resources, it’s great to keep learning and improve skills. I also found another one that has a lot of training available: http://www.lynda.com/.
Thank you for the valuable tips and information, as usual! And, Happy Rosh Hashanah!
Thank you, Jeanne! The holiday is finally over. It was a long one this year!
Thank you so much for the valuable information on starting out my Virtual Assistant Business.
I came across your blog and have just found the information excellent. I was really looking at what rate should I be charging as a new VA and your article has been very insightful. I plan on starting with a few services then expand my expertise. I will definitely be back to tell you how it is going.
Fantastic to hear, Angela! Keep me posted. 😉
Thank you for this valued information Reese!! I am taking notes.I am currently working as a VA through an online network but my ultimate goal is to start my own business. I am very interested in picking up all the new training to build on my skills. I am so grateful for finding you and many other leaders in this arena that are helping me along the way… Thank you for what you do!! You are amazing and “You Rock”.
Thank you as always, Sandi!!! XOXO
I would like to serve as an intern to another Virtual Assistant and possible start working for her/him as my introduction to the VA world. I am a newbie and I could really use the experience. I am in New York City and my hours are flexible and I would really appreciate the opportunity.
Just starting out as an Independent Contractor. I was an administrator and I’m exploring being a VA part-time. I will be checking out your recommendations. Thanks.
Happy to hear, Shernette! 🙂
Invaluable… thanks a million!!
Thank you for sharing. I’ll definitely check all the sites you’ve mentioned. Great help for starters like me.
You’re welcome, Kwen!
Thanks a lot.. Much required to me 🙂
I want to start my career as a VA. We all have to start from somewhere.This is a great place to start and get moving. Thank Reese!!!
You’re welcome, Lori! So glad you’re here.
I am also a newbie starting my VA business. You are a blessing. The information is so timely and will be a big help to me. Thank you so much.
You are so welcome, Elizabeth!!!
Hi Reese,Thanks so much for this great resource! It is really helpful since I’m trying to start up my business.
You’re so welcome, Denise.
Great info! Thanks, Reese! Is there any info posted on writing a business plan? I may have overlooked that!
Hi Michelle! No, I haven’t written a post on business plan writing as I am sort of the anti-business plan kind of gal. I believe that your business plan is a leaving, breathing document that doesn’t have to be a traditional business plan but rather be a collection of your business values and goals so you can stay on track.
Hello Dear Reese, Thank you for the info. I will check them out, I am particularly excited to view Alison and CopyBlogger. I am always looking for continuing ed type courses. Love it!
Awesome article Reese! I’m certainly going to look into all the resources you gave. I have been looking in the regular channels for Administrative work but having no luck. Maybe I too can be like you and have something on my own! I guess I am just a little fearful and feeling lost on how to accomplish that. But after all you have posted its giving me more faith to give it a try! Thanks Reese!
You’re welcome, Tania! You can do anything you set your mind to. Remember that.
Thanks Reese for the information. I will certainly use the free resources to help further me in starting my own at home business.
You’re welcome, Victoria!
Thanks so much for the information! I am ready to get started 🙂
Wow… Reese – Your site is Very Resourceful! Thank you for sharing…I will be reviewing these sites…
Glad you find it useful!
So lost on where to start. I am a single mom of two about to go back to school full time I need a flexible niche and have no idea what skills I have and need.I feel very blessed to have found this page. I applied for fancyhands.com just to test the waters can’t wait to really check out your blogging.M
So I am tired so many things and a few years ago research being a virtual assistant. I have no income and been trying to get on my feet again after some health issues knocked me down flat. I have two children and I am a single mom. For a year now I been trying and researching anything I can do with my merger means. I was doing direct sales but it fizzled out. So I hit the net again a few nights ago in search of the answer to my prayers. I found d this article saw the potential and being so many of these things I been wanting to learn any ways, decided to take the plunge and signed up for your email course. From there I have really been able to see this is what I want to do and how. I am even changing my major before school starts to business administration! I have recommended you too two ladies I know already and anyone who ask for more I will send here first! My goal is October for start up but soon would be nice. Without finding your blog, this post I still would be lost. I can’t thank you enough.
Thank you so much, Daniele! An October start date sounds reasonable and do-able!
Hi Reese, I am an aspiring VA from the Philippines. I’ve been wanting to start this challenging and profitable career as a VA but I don’t know where to begin. With all the free info on the web, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and be paralyzed in starting. I have a positive feeling about you and this free course that’s why I signed up and I am very excited to know more. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and may your business grow in more ways than one.
You’re so sweet! Thank you Michelle! Best of luck to you! I can’t wait to see what you do. xo
Hi! My name is Kelly. My hubby, son and I would like to look into being VA’s but don’t know where to start. I an almost 50 and I am trained in broadcasting. I can type and I did some receptionist work. Our son is good on the pc, he is 23. My hubby drives a forklift. My mom was a secretary all her life so I have been around some secretarial work. Where are looking at where to start and how. I am a stay at home mom and daughter, both sons are older so we have no small children to work with. I home-schooled our sons. We have done network marketing. I really like your site and help, thank you, we will be getting started with your course and the sites you suggest. Just trying to figure out where to get training that we need.
I just got my first client and they want me to create my own website and also a separate website strictly for me as there virtual assistant to have their clients come to me so they can focus on the work and i can handle the assisting of their clients. I’m new to doing this. what should i write and add to both sites? PLEASE HELP!!
Hi, I am a Certified Medical Assistant for almost 10 years now. And I would like to take the skills and knowledge and start my own VA business. Where to start?