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Virtual assistant training with Caroline – Unique one-off opportunity!

UPDATE 14/11/11 Still 7 places left!

I have always been very proud of the fact that my income comes from the virtual assistant business but due to impending motherhood I have at least 3 months maternity leave where I cannot earn any money from the business.  So I’m offering a very unique opportunity to just 15 VAs.

The opportunity:

One on one training with Caroline Wylie, owner of Virtually Sorted and founder of Society of VAs, UK representative of VACertified and internationally recognised VA.

Cost: £200

Availability: Limited to 15 places – must be taken before Jan 2012


  • Introduction session via phone/Skype to establish goals and timeframes
  • Reading materials to help you with your issues
  • Legal pack – including client contract and subcontractors document templates
  • Marketing plan designed for your business with SMART goals
  • Time management tools including business automation and systems
  • Help with setting up, managing and maintaining multi-VA working relationships
  • 4 x one-on-one phone sessions with Caroline

Why only 15 places?

I run a full-time VA business – I have limited time to spare in addition to servicing my clients and I don’t want to bump the client workflow up when the team is having to work without me.  I have no desire to offer VA training as part of the business on an ongoing basis, I earn enough money from just being a VA to finance my lifestyle, and there’s a pride in being able to claim that.  How many other VA trainers can say the same?  I’m only looking to replace my mortgage payments whilst on maternity leave – so once the places are gone, they’re gone!

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How are you qualified to offer VA training?

I’ve been a VA for over 7 years.  For five of those years, I have earned my income solely from being a VA, with no other external income.  During that time I started off as a singleton – there was no one picking up my bills or paying the mortgage, so I had no choice but to make the business work and pay for itself from Day 1.  And even when I got married and moved in with my husband, the mortgage and bills are still split 50:50 and we have a 5-bedroom house in one of Glasgow’s most exclusive areas.  So my business is definitely NOT a lifestyle business or hobby for a bored housewife!  It’s a real business, earning real money.

Secondly, my background is in marketing and advertising, so I have an understanding of one of the trickiest areas which VAs struggle with – finding suitable clients.  I am able to pick and choose the clients we work with and have proven strategies in place to generate clients whenever we need more business.  I can teach you how to use these strategies and tailor them to your business.

Who is this suitable for?

You might be a newbie who needs to replace your employee income straight away.  You might be an old hand who just needs some help with specific areas of your business – perhaps marketing or team building.  Or maybe you’ve been a VA a while and just can’t figure out why everyone else is doing better than you?

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What you must be able to do is:

  • Be able to commit to an initial meeting and 4 x phone meetings (can do evenings/weekends if this suits you better).
  • Pay in advance of your sessions beginning.
  • Be able to complete your sessions before I go on maternity leave in February 2012.

Sounds like something you want?

Tel Number & best time to call

If you have any other questions, please contact caroline@societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk


  1. Gerardine Spiers on 7 October, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Interested in your course. I am temping and thinking of starting as a VA in April but want to be established before then.
    Please call me anytime at the weekend 07929 242 160

  2. Tracey on 24 November, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Caroline

    Firstly, congratulations on your impending motherhood! I imagine that a little one will add a whole host of additional challenges to working from home in the years ahead!
    Secondly, are there any places left for this course as it sounds ideal for me?

    Thank you

  3. Chris on 19 February, 2012 at 9:26 pm


    Congratulations on your impending new addition, but came across your post only today, so apologies, I appreciate the enquiry may be too late.

    I am considering becoming a virtual PA, and came across this website during my research. I do have practical experience of PA work, but not as a ‘virtual’ PA, and am very interested in the course you offer, particularly the safeguarding, contracts, data protection side. I appreciate that my enquiry is later than you would like, but wondered if the opportunity is still available or passed?

    Kind regards,


    • Caroline on 22 February, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Chris

      Baby has now arrived and I’m on maternity leave, so unfortunately the chance has passed! (I did say it was a one-off!) However, we’ve found quite a lot of people wanted a “lite” version of the course, focusing on a couple of specific areas – so we’ll probably be doing some online training sessions over the summer and also running a September Big Meet Up in Glasgow for VAs where we’ll do some training on the most common pitfalls of being a VA.

      Keep your eyes peeled on the website for more details and make sure you’ve signed up for Standard Membership here: https://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/join-us/ so that you receive our newsletter updates!

      Hope that helps!

  4. Julie Falano on 28 February, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Hi Caroline,
    Congratulations on the birth of your baby and hope all is well? My name is Julie and for many years, I’ve enjoyed reading the comments you give on various issues published in the OS magazine. I have recently joined my husband on a 2-year work relocation in New Zealand but since the job market here isn’t all that encouraging, I’ve decided to become a Virtual PA before we move back to London. I am happy to join your online training sessions during the summer period but, in the meantime, I need your advice on setting up. Do I need to have my own website or join a group website? (my research shows most VAs have their own website) and apart from the training cost, what other fixed or running cost should I be aware of before I can start the business?
    Grateful if you could assist, please. Kind regards Julie
    PS: Is it £10 per month to join you standard membership?

    • Caroline on 12 March, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Julie

      Most clients will expect you to have your own website, but this needn’t be a huge cost – in fact, with the latest wordpress updates, it can cost as little as £100 to set up your own website (or less if you are techie).

      Mostly your costs will be office costs (phone/internet/stationery etc.) and marketing – aim for about 50% of your time in the early days to be spent on marketing.

      Standard membership is free with a suggested £10 donation to join, SVA Premier which gives you exclusive access to materials is £10/month. More info about the different kinds of membership is here: https://www.societyofvirtualassistants.co.uk/join-us/

      Speak soon!

  5. Chris on 29 February, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Hi Caroline,

    Congratulations on your new arrival.

    Thank you for the information, sorry I missed the opportunity, I will keep checking.

    Kind regards,

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