**Updated for 2018!!**
I’m Liz Pulo (that’s me to the left looking fancy), and I’m the owner and founder of So you want to be a VA, and was previously "Boss Lady" behind The Virtual Assistant.
I’ve been a virtual assistant for several years. My employment background is pretty varied – I’ve done call centre work, call-out IT support, eLearning… I even had a stint at LEGO doing logistics and order management, and worked in an ice cream factory as an office manager (and did plenty of “taste testing”.)
When I worked at the ice cream factory I was convinced that I wanted out of the normal 9-5 “daytime” environment. I had a short stint as a pastry chef apprentice (which didn’t quite suit me either!), before I found out about virtual assistance.
To my surprise, I’d already been a virtual assistant for some time… I just had no idea that it was a thing you could charge for! My friends and family can attest that I’m a helper and an organiser. Outside of my normal work, I was (and am!) always helping my friends and family with their side projects, getting things organised, updating websites and so on.
But when I came across a website about virtual assistants, I realised it had a name, it was a real ‘thing’ and that I could make a living from it.
I joined The Virtual Assistant as a licensee and generalist VA, and by the end of the year was approached to take over the business in it’s entirety. Never one to turn down a challenge, of course I said yes. The Virtual Assistant had 10 virtual assistants as licensees as well as myself.
In 2015 – coinciding with an offer of remote employment by my favourite client – I sold ‘The Virtual Assistant’ business to one of my fabulous VAs, and set about creating a course for those who wanted to be a virtual assistant but didn’t know where to start.
Being a virtual assistant – no matter what you specialise in – is hard work, but I believe that achieving success is absolutely possible, and my business – and current career – is proof of that.
I’m looking forward to helping you start your business!
There are no “requirements” to becoming a virtual assistant – as a virtual assistant you operate your own business, and can provide a great number of services.
What this course does is help you set your business up in the way that suits your goals, and distills years of experience into clear, easy to understand format.
No. This course will cover some absolute basics of customer service and administration, however this course is based around you bringing your brilliance to the table — that is, your current skills and talents.
This course shows you how to take those talents and turn them into a profitable business.
This course will suit anyone wanting to run a service-based business – whether that be in administration, web design, copywriting or something else entirely.
If you’re looking for some direction in your business, or need a little help, you’ll absolutely get something out of this course.
The course is built around starting from scratch, but you can apply any of the exercises to your current business to change your direction or create a new path.
Not at all. You’ll have access to all the course materials, including any updates, for a year after purchase. You’ll have the option to extend your access after this time as you need.
If you wanted to sit down and cram it all in, you could get through everything in a couple of days, but we recommend taking the time to go through everything slowly and reflect on the exercises.
Absolutely! There is no doubt that currently women outnumber men in this industry, but there is no reason why you can’t be a virtual assistant – no matter your gender.
No — I recommend saving up and paying for the course when you can. It’s available all-year round, so there’s no reason you need to go into debt for it.
Not at this stage – unfortunately I just don’t have the time to commit to one-on-one feedback sessions, however if you have any questions or need a hand with something, just drop me a line and I’ll help you out the best I can!