This is one of the most powerful times in history to start and build an online, service-based business as a Virtual Assistant. With the changing climate of the workforce and economy, more and more businesses are outsourcing for services provided remotely, representing a vast array of service needs and business niches.
The kinds of services businesses are seeking support with offer a wide range from administrative support, content creation, tech support, social media management and marketing support, for example.
Whether you’re in the early stages of your work experience, pursuing a second career or are seeking an entry point into the world of entrepreneurship, you have some current skill that can be translated into services to bring to the marketplace. The Virtual Executive Assistant course will teach you how to identify and cultivate those skills to build a sustainable, scalable online business.
This course will also provide you with the foundational elements for ensuring the long-term success of your Virtual Assistant business, including:
During the course of the program, you’ll be guided through the framework of finding and contracting with clients and will have your Virtual Assistant business well underway by its completion. You’ll also be solidly positioned for the continued growth of your business and a successful career in the world of online business.
Lakewood University’s Virtual Executive Assistant Program provides “hands-on” instruction on the following topics:
Lesson 1: Welcome!
Lesson 2: Life as a Virtual Assistant – An Overview
Lesson 3: Discover Your Ideal Client
Lesson 4: Niching Down to Stand Out
Lesson 5: Your Digital Portfolio
Lesson 6: Establishing Your Business
Lesson 7: Establish Your Business
Lesson 8: Pricing and Packages
Lesson 9: Getting Paid and the Basics of Bookkeeping
Lesson 10: Negotiation and Contracts
Lesson 11: Marketing – Social Media and Your Website
Lesson 12: Client Consultations
Lesson 13: Portfolio Updating and Review
Lesson 14: The Informational Interview
Lesson 15: Interview with a Virtual Assistant
Lesson 16: Reflection
A Virtual Assistant is an independent contractor who provides services remotely in exchange for pay. The services that can be provided cover a vast array of business needs, and the scope of delivering services can range from the completion of delegated tasks to operating in the capacity of a business manager and consultant, depending on the level of experience and one’s goals for their business and income.
There is an incredible opportunity for growth as a Virtual Assistant with the many opportunities for specialization. Positioning one’s self as an expert in a specialized service area is an excellent way to increase one’s demand in the marketplace and to command higher rates of pay. In essence, starting a service-based business as a Virtual Assistant is one of the best ways to break into the world of online business, and can be a doorway to future entrepreneurial endeavors.
An existing skillset can be translated into immediate services to provide clients, and within the realm of virtual assistance the ability and desire to learn new skills as one builds their business is crucial. In our digital culture, anything can be learned and being a Virtual Assistant is a journey of learning – while you earn.
While Virtual Assistants do not have their own particular category in the Bureau of Labor Occupation Outlook Handbook, they are mentioned under “Office and Administrative Support,” which is expected to grow 12% between 2012 and 2022. As well, freelancing (contracting for services) in general has been on a significant rise over the last decade, with a remarkable increase in the context of the pandemic.
On average a business owner can save up to $11,000 per employee every year just by outsourcing to at-home contractors, and it’s predicted that 50% of our workforce will be working from home in 10 years. Due to the projected growth of this industry and the general trend towards hiring Virtual Assistants in the 21st Century, especially in the post-pandemic era, this career is an excellent choice.
As of Sep 27, 2022, the average hourly pay for a Virtual Assistant in the United States is $20.98 an hour. Source: https://www.ziprecruiter.com/Salaries/Virtual-Assistant-Salary-per-Hour
|Term Total Tuition
Payment Plan – 600 Clock Hours
Payment in Full: $7,400.00
Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs (first semester only)
Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs (first semester only)
Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term
Lakewood University offers affordable, low-interest payment plans. That means, unlike many other schools, you can graduate without going thousands of dollars into debt.
Lakewood University’s low monthly payment plans are designed to fit your budget.
We make it easy for you by accepting VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover credit cards. We also accept debit cards, prepaid cards, checks, and money orders. You can simply pay online, by phone, or by mail.
We actively support the education of active duty members, their spouses, and veterans of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Thanks to Lakewood’s low tuition, your military benefits will go a lot further. That means you can complete your education with little to no out-of-pocket costs.
You may qualify for tuition reimbursement from your employer under the Employee Education Assistance Act, IRS Code, Section 127. Check with your human resources department or supervisor to see if you are eligible.
No one is turned down for the Monthly Payment Plans. However, Lakewood University does perform credit checks for all monthly payment applicants.