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Course Syllabus: Virtual Assistant 101

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Course Description


Today's businesses, both new and established, are desperately in need of administrative type assistance at an affordable rate. They need versatility in the services performed and flexibility in the way the services are performed. If you have a career as an administrative assistant or executive assistant and would like to break out into your own business, there has never been a better time to do so.


The Virtual Assistant course is designed to walk you through the process of preparing for a business of your own, upstarting your own business and transitioning into a successful VA business. You will learn how to research, what to research, how to target your market, how to make your VA business a boutique shop that caters to a particular industry or a general office that caters to all, how to grow you business and so much more. This course and some planning will position you to upstart your new business as quickly as possible.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements for taking this course other than a high school reading and writing level in English.  All material will be given online so there are no required books or other materials to purchase.

Course Outline


Lesson 1 – To Be, Or Not To Be – Doing Your Homework/Research Before You Begin


Lesson 2 – Transition – The Shift From Employee To Business Owner


Lesson 3 – Going Into Business Without Going Broke – How To Compete


Lesson 4 – Virtual Assistants – Corporate Choices


Lesson 5 – Virtual Assistants – Carving Out Your Niche; Services Offered


Lesson 6 – Networking – How To Grow Your Business and Market Appeal


Lesson 7 – Technology and International Competition


Lesson 8 – Small Business Appeal and Upstart Needs


Lesson 9 – Do What You Do Best


Lesson 10 – Organizations, Services and Structures


Lesson 11 – Pricing Your Services


Lesson 12 – Working From Home


Lesson 13 – Expanding Your Business – Hiring Employees/New Locations


Lesson 14 – Pitfalls and Traps – Weathering Business Storms

Course Materials

All course materials are provided within the course lessons.

Grading Policy

90 - 100 % = A
80 - 89 % = B
70 - 79 % = C
Below 70 = F

Each lesson will be followed with a related exam and assignments to practice and test comprehension of lesson material.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a virtual assistant does and whether or not it is the career for you.
  • Describe the transition the shift from employee to business owner.
  • Know how to compete.
  • Describe corporate choices for virtual assistants.
  • Describe how to carve out a niche and decide what services to offer.
  • Know how to grow your business and market appeal.
  • Describe technology and international competition.
  • Describe small business appeal and upstart needs.
  • Know organizations, services and structures.
  • Describe pricing your services.
  • Describe working from home.
  • Describe expanding your business, hiring employees, and adding new locations.
  • Identify pitfalls and traps, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1: To Be, Or Not To Be - Doing Your Homework/Research Before You Begin11
Lesson 2: Transition - The Shift from Employee to Business Owner15
Lesson 3: Going Into Business Without Going Broke - How To Compete14
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4: Virtual Assistants - Corporate Choices14
Lesson 5: Virtual Assistants - Carving Out Your Niche; Services Offered14
Lesson 6: Networking - How To Grow Your Business and Market Appeal14
Lesson 7: Technology and International Competition12
Lesson 8: Small Business Appeal and Upstart Needs10
Lesson 9: Do What You Do Best9
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10: Organizations, Services and Structures15
Lesson 11 Assignment1
Lesson 11: Pricing Your Services14
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12: Working From Home15
Lesson 13: Expanding Your Business - Hiring Employees/New Locations14
Lesson 14: Pitfalls and Traps - Weathering Business Storms15
Lesson 15 Assignment1
Lesson 15: Strength and Prosperity As A Virtual Assistant14
The Final Exam42
Total Points:249

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