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Virtual Assistant Startup Essentials

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 Enrolment Guide

Why should I take this course?

This fully online program is curated for those looking at setting up their own business

Virtual Assistant Startup Essentials at a glance

Course Summary

If you’re someone who enjoys learning at their own pace and in your own time, and are able to build your own website, logo and email set up, then this program is designed for you.

During this course you will learn:

  • Attributes of “Rockstar” Virtual Assistants
  • Business Set Up Basics for Australian Virtual Assistants
  • Access Essential Business Templates & VA Startup Checklist
  • Lifetime access to VA Essentials Facebook Group
  • And much, much more!

Want to take your VA business launch to a whole new level? Learn more about our VA Startup Advanced program

Important Information

Course Length: Self-paced
Mode: Online
Access Requirements: Internet connection & access to Zoom
Prerequisites: Students must have a relevant skill base (see course information)
Start Date: Anytime
Institution: VA Institute
Course Information
A Virtual Assistant (typically abbreviated to VA, also called a virtual office assistant) is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical, or creative (social) assistance to clients remotely from their own home office.

Virtual Assistants come from a variety of business backgrounds, but most have several years experience earned in the "real" (non-virtual) business world.

This program is designed for individuals who wish to set up their own business in Australia, and have a skill base that includes experience in any one or more of the following areas:

  • Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant
  • Digital Marketing/Social Media
  • Bookkeeping
  • Human Resources
  • Legal Secretarial
  • General Administration
  • Website/Graphics Design

The target outcome of this course is to get you launched in 6 weeks or less…

This means we DO things like:

  • Provide all the essential business templates you need, AND THEN make sure you know how to use them
  • Make you accountable – in other words, we are invested in your outcomes, and so we provide you with the things we know you will need in order to launch successfully
  • Give you access to our extensive Facebook community

VA Startup Essentials

If you’re someone who enjoys learning at their own pace and in your own time, and are able to build your own website, logo and email set up, then this program is designed for you.

Content included:

  • VA Startup Checklist
  • Key Service Areas
  • 12 Hot Tips to VA Success
  • Understanding the Virtual Advantage
  • Essential Attributes of “Rockstar” VAs
  • Business Set Up Basics for Australian VAs
  • ABN
  • Business Name
  • Essential Pricing Strategies for VAs
  • Essential Business Templates
  • Service Agreement
  • Professional Profile
  • Essential Software / IT for VAs
  • Your Online Presence / Virtual “Shopfront”
  • Risk Mitigation / Insurances for VAs

Plus ++

  • Discover the Authentic VA Within: A Journey from EA to VA - eBook
  • 30 minute personalised strategy session
  • VA Startup Essentials Membership Facebook Group
  • Approx 2 hours of recorded content plus downloadable resources ready to implement into your own business 

    Course Provider

    VA Institute was launched with one goal in mind, to help individuals who have a background in administration (EA, PA or other admin roles) escape the traditional employment model and realise their dream of launching and running their own successful and flexible Virtual Assistant business.

    We do this by delivering winning solutions and resources through our tried and tested VA Startup Program. When you finish your training you're ready to do business. 



    Ingrid Bayer - Founder & CEO

    Ingrid first started as a VA in 2008, and has gone on to forge a successful career in the Australian VA industry. In 2016, Ingrid launched her book “Discover the Authentic VA Within – A Journey from EA to VA” which was the foundation for the VA Institute’s Signature VA Startup Program.

    Ingrid now devotes her time to working strategically with the Australian VA Industry and its stakeholders, and specialising in working with EAs, PAs and admin professionals from around Australia, and around the world, in making the transition to becoming a successful VA.


    Melissa Patterson - WA Regional Manager & National Operations Manager

    Melissa comes to VA Institute with a strong background in education (primary, tertiary and adult education), sales, coaching and training. Melissa began her foray into the freelancing and VA world in 2012 managing social media for her family’s small business.

    In late 2018, Melissa began set up to formalize her own VA business, completing the VA Institute’s one-on-one online course. Melissa’s business, Blink by Miss Melly, has grown from strength to strength.

    Over the course of 2019, Melissa has embraced social media management for VA Institute, now taking on the National Operations Manager role. With Melissa’s background in coaching and training, together with her passion for excellence in the VA Industry, Melissa’s role is now focused on providing online and face-to-face training, and managing operations for VA Institute.


    Tenielle Stevenson - VA Startup Trainer and Mentor

    Tenielle is our newest team member and lives in the beautiful Illawarra area of NSW together with her partner, Derek and their puppy dog.

    Tenielle complements the VA Institute team with her extensive background in executive business support, project management, report preparation, contract reviews, tender coordination, workplace training, document control, WHS, and quality management. She is an exceptional networker, and a valuable resource to all who have the pleasure of working with her.As a busy VA, Tenielle's goal is to create virtual business solutions for today’s workplaces which enable her clients to focus on growing their business.

    Joining our team as a VA Startup Trainer and Mentor, Tenielle melds those skills together to deliver training that is based on real life experience to deliver an outstanding service to VA Institute students and graduates.


    Course Outcomes

    With our training and help you can begin your VA journey with confidence. There’s no hard and fast rule about what business will engage the services of a VA. In fact, with the growth and affordability of technology in recent years, along with the exponential growth in the number of solo-preneurs, has come an ever increasing demand for skilled virtual support staff.


    Further Information 
    After You Enrol

    Once enrolled you will be supplied with log in details for your course. Please allow up to 72 business hours for this information to be forwarded to you by our InspiringED.com team.

    Assessment and study requirements

    The requirements for this self-paced course are good time management, organisation, along with a skill base that includes experience in any one or more of the following areas:

    • Executive Assistant/Personal Assistant
    • Digital Marketing/Social Media
    • Bookkeeping
    • Human Resources
    • Legal Secretarial
    • General Administration
    • Website/Graphics Design
    Cancellations & Refunds

    All cancellations are subject to both the InspiringED.com Terms & Conditions and those of the institution delivering your course.

    • A $250 InspiringED.com administration fee will apply for all cancellations requested after 48 hours of your enrollment.

    VA Institute terms and conditions:

    • Once a Participant has commenced the Program, no withdrawal is available if the Participant elects not to complete the program.
    • A refund will only be applied if a Participant is able to provide evidence of ‘Exceptional Circumstances’ in which they would be unable to complete the Online VA Startup Essentials or VA Startup Advanced Program.
    • Participants who have been granted a refund due to Exceptional Circumstances will receive a refund of the full purchase amount, less a $200 administration processing fee within 15 working days from receipt of the relevant documentation supporting their claim for withdrawal under ‘Exceptional Circumstances’.
    • Refunds agreed by VA Institute will only be paid to the person or body (on behalf of the Participant) from whom the original payment was received.

    Your enrollment may be cancelled by completing our contact form HERE.


    “Ingrid is a wonderful coach and it was such a pleasure to work with her. She has extensive business acumen and is adept at asking the appropriate questions to gauge the needs of her clients. She was extremely patient and shared great insights about business, clients and the Virtual Assistant community. She is also a wonderful support and sounding board throughout the process. 

    I would highly recommend Ingrid to anyone who is looking to make the transition to VA.”​ - Maya G


    "I had always thought about becoming a VA but didn't know where to start. Searching the Web I came across the VA Institute, and after enquiring through a business link, I found myself speaking with Ingrid. From our first conversation I knew I needed to partner up with her to grow my business idea.

    Ingrid has many experiences to share (you can read about them in her book) however I would highly recommend that you hear about them in person. She is very empowering and her training was super easy to follow. She is there every step of the way of your business venture. Her templates are priceless and she is very friendly. Ingrid is exceptionally efficient and thorough. If you want to go from EA to VA, let Ingrid work her magic on you.”​ - Kerry S


    “Researching how to establish a VA business was overwhelming with all the courses and offers available. Eventually I decided to participate in Ingrid’s “EA to VA” workshop and it proved to be the best choice, providing invaluable support and all the resources I needed.

    Ingrid’s willingness to share her vast knowledge and expertise in the industry is exceptional and the mentoring sessions provide the necessary motivation. She asks the hard questions, offers honest feedback, and much more - all in a friendly manner. I highly recommend Ingrid’s courses to any VA – whether you are starting out or needing to grow your business – make the call!” - Heather H