Joining Freelance University has been one of the BEST investments I’ve made since starting as a virtual assistant in 2010. The courses are robust and easy to follow with a variety of options from those just starting out to experienced freelancers (like me). The value of the University is second to none!
Freelance University is one of the very few experiences I have found that offers a 360 degree support network to ensure your freelance success. Within the first three weeks of joining the University and applying what I learned, I had landed my first client… it just works!
Since 2008, we have helped over 10,000 Students just like you…
- Discover the right service niche and specialization to ignite your passion and income opportunities
- Develop current and in-demand skills to attract better clients
- Set-up and scale a meaningful, “work-from-anywhere” business from scratch
- Connect with caring and insightful instructors, mentors and peers to gain support and overcome challenges
- Enjoy the MANY freedoms that come from running a flexible business on your own terms
Freedoms Like This...
The freedom to be there for my daughter on infinite levels, relocate this past summer to a town we love, and be able to work from bed when I am not feeling well (like now!)
The freedom to work my own hours, which is important as my health problems preclude me from holding down a standard “9-5” job. I can get my day’s work accomplished, but I can take breaks as needed and work late into the night to complete a deadline if needed.
Flexibility of time, energy and tasks plus no commute and expensive work wardrobe!
So I have the freedom to create a work schedule that works for me and my family... So I can semi-retire in 7 years and continue to work part-time and not worry about being laid off from a job and start over.
It’s given me freedom to relocate to different cities over the years without having to change jobs.
Choose what, when and where I work.
WHAT MAKES FREELANCE UNIVERSITY DIFFERENT?
The Instant Access University
Gain instant access to 80+ powerful certifications and workshops for a single monthly or annual tuition plan. That’s all it takes to set yourself free.
Connect with talented and experienced mentors ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction, no matter your niche.
Enroll in powerful, skills-based courses designed to transform your earning potential overnight.
Access industry-leading certifications in such areas as Digital Marketing, Project Management, Podcast Production, Wordpress and more.
An Engaging Community
Join a community of like-minded individuals all pulling in the same direction. They’re going to make it happen, and so are you!
Exclusive Professional Directory
Set up a Professional Profile in our Freelance Directory and be seen by a constantly expanding base of clients who are searching for skilled professionals just like you!
Meet the Co-Founders of Freelance University
When my wife Kelly and I started freelancing online in 2003, there was virtually no support or training for VAs or Freelancers. We literally had to figure things out on our own and it took a lot longer to find success!
It was for this reason that we decided to launch Freelance University (formerly VAClassroom) back in 2008 to provide a one-stop platform for Virtual Assistants, Freelancers and Online Professionals to learn and develop in-demand skills and create awesome new income streams in their business. Since 2008, we have had the privilege of training over 12,000 virtual professionals in over 70 countries.
Kelly and I have enjoyed the great freedom of working from home while raising and homeschooling our 5 daughters who are the greatest blessings of our lives.
I look forward to meeting you and hopefully seeing you in our University real soon!
I leave you with my favorite quote from marketing guru, Seth Godin:
“The only worse thing about starting and failing is not starting something at all.”
To Your Success,
Craig & Kelly Cannings
Get full access to over 80 in-demand courses across seven training tracks: Social Media Manager, Digital Marketing Specialist, Virtual Events & Media Manager, Online Business Manager, Virtual Assistant, WordPress Specialist, and Writer/Editor.
By partnering with the 3rd party accreditation company, we’re able to deliver our digital certifications so that they easily integrate with your Linkedin profile, personal website, and social media. Just what you need to put your skills in the spotlight like never before!
Every single month we offer a new LIVE and interactive workshop on the freelance and business topics that matter most to you! We invite expert guests specializing in a variety of niche areas to come and join us providing exposure to new, exciting, and the most up-to-date information and resources in the industry.
By listening to your feedback and conducting surveys, we’re able to create the on-demand content we wished we had when we were first starting out. Exactly what you need to take your freelance or VA business in an exciting new direction.
The live workshops will be recorded and posted to the University so you will never miss a training session!
At some point, all of you as freelancers, virtual assistants, and online professionals need to get your “geek on” and learn new technology that is vital to your business and your clients.
Access practical, step-by-step courses and tutorials on software and apps most relevant to your business including social media management tools, project management tools, marketing landing page tools, ecommerce tools, productivity tools and so much more.
We will help you guard against “Shiny Object Syndrome” while still keeping you up-to-date on the latest and greatest tech tools.
One of the most challenging parts of being a freelancer or virtual assistant is marketing your business and finding new clients. At FreeU, we’ve got you covered.
We offer practical training courses to help you market, recruit, onboard and manage your clients effectively. Check out our courses on Attracting Clients, Getting Referrals, Networking, Digital Cold Calling, and Leading a Winning Discovery Call.
Access a thriving community of like-minded entrepreneurs to discuss business topics, share successes, as well as tools and resources, with one another. Perfect for the constant source of support and inspiration you’ve been searching for.
The Private Learning Community is closely moderated by us (Craig & Kelly) along with amazing Mentors who have a combined experience of over 40 years in the freelance and VA industry! You will be in GREAT hands in our community.
Don’t freelance alone!
Join our talented mentors and like-minded peers in small group sessions to work through the challenges you need to overcome in your business. Make meaningful connections and receive great insights in our Mastermind Sessions.
We have specific groups for Starters and Scalers to meet you exactly where you are at in your business journey.
In the work you do, there are so many systems that need to be set up and managed for your business (and your clients)!
Simplify your life with the click of a button thanks to many practical guides and checklists that keep your business running smoothly, night and day. It means you’ll never forget a thing, miss a deadline, or disappoint a customer. All you need to do is decide what to master first!
Contracts, templates, checklists, resources, and more…oh my!
Enjoy a huge range of premium and paid-for software that your clients need you to know. Some of our most popular offerings include: Premium WordPress themes and plugins, Canva Pro, ConvertKit, Invideo, Designrr, Easelly, and more. By getting the hands on practical experience you need, you can master a lucrative new skill in a single afternoon.
As a student of Freelance University, you will get access to many business software and partner discounts such as Adobe, Freshbooks, Honeybook, 1-1 Coaching, and more. Also, be sure to take advantage of affordable WordPress design packages, and well as one-to-one mentoring sessions.
We are committed to ensuring you keep your business as budget-friendly as possible!
As part of your enrollment to Freelance University, you will receive a visually appealing Professional Profile listing in our popular Freelance Directory! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get connected with a wave of entrepreneurs in need of your awesome skills and experience!
We also receive ongoing job postings and client opportunities you will gain access to through the community as well as within your training center.
A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT FREELANCE UNIVERSITY
Freelance University offers an easy-to-use, easy-to-track and fully mobile responsive learning platform that enables you to quickly access your training programs and courses when you want and where you want!
Take a few minutes and join this Guided Tour of our exciting “new-look” University!
Start Guided Tour Here.
Whether you’re a brand new freelancer or a seasoned business owner, I’d highly recommend anyone seeking professional development and growing their business to join FreeU. The collection of certifications and courses along with monthly office hours and the amazing Facebook community create a rich learning environment and encouraging atmosphere. There’s an attitude of excellence in everything they do. I’m thrilled to be a FreeU student!Pam Atkins, Admin Sidekick
You need Freelance University whether you have been in business for many years or you are just starting. Most freelancers jump into a freelance lifestyle because they have a laptop and a need to make money. But there are many areas of being a solo entrepreneur that we all need to learn and put in place to run a successful and professional business. Freelance University will guide you step-by-step through all the important components of running a thriving freelance business!Sabrina Espinal, Sabrina & Company
I can't say enough about Freelance University. I have taken numerous courses and each one has proven to be an invaluable resource. Craig Cannings and his team of instructors have a wonderful way of explaining sometimes complex ideas and do so with infinite patience. I wouldn't go anywhere else for my training. FreeU is where it's at!Tracey Ehman
University Training Tracks
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs
One of the keys to building a highly successful freelance business is to find an in-demand niche service that you LOVE to do! At FreeU, we offer an array of specialized training certifications and courses across seven primary tracks.
Hover over each of the below seven tracks to discover the specific course listings currently available at our University. (Note: Click the + button in each to download the full course catalog).
Social Media Manager
Social Media Manager
- Social Media Management
- Facebook Marketing Specialist
- Instagram Marketing Specialist
- Pinterest Marketing Specialist
- LinkedIn Markeitng Specialist
- Social Media Contests
- Online Community Management
- And so much more!
- WordPress Fundamentals Program
- Wordpress Maintenance & Management
- Wordpress Security
- Mastering Woocommerce
- And so much more!
Content Creation & Management
Content Creation & Management
- Copywriting Fundamentals
- Becoming a Proofreader
- Online Course Creation & Management
- Digital Content Manager
- Create Effective Email Sequences
- Create Powerful Headlines
- The Online Course Builder
- Becoming a Better Blogger
- Website Writing Success
Business Management & Support
Business Management & Support
- Online Business Management
- Project Management Specialist
- Virtual Team Builder
- Digital Customer Service
- Internet Research Skills
- Virtual Bookkeeping
- Creating Effective Systems
- Mastering ConvertKit
- Mastering Zapier
- Mastering Kajabi
- MailChimp Mastery
- Leadpages Mastery
- Mastering GSuite
- Mastering Shopify
- Woocommerce Success
- Digital Marketing Specialist Program
- Product Launch Specialist Program
- Online Video Marketing
- Email List Builder
- Book Marketing Mastery Program
- Influencer Marketing 101
- And so much more!
- Graphic Design Foundations
- Mastering Canva for Work
- Intermediate Graphic Design
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Create GIFs and Animations
After thorough research, I chose Freelance University to provide further training for my content management services. During my first semester, the instructors, mentors, and Facebook-group members created a learning community that was supportive, responsive, experienced, and dynamic beyond my expectations. I am grateful to have connected with this comprehensive, learner-friendly, and cost-effective option for growing a freelance business that embraces the rapidly changing technology and needs of today’s virtual business climate.Ranee Boyd Tomlin, PhD
The amount of material available is phenomenal! The return on my investment is off the charts!Wanda Cox
I don't know why I held off from registering with Freelance University for so long! I guess it was because I didn't know what I was missing, but also because I'd been in the industry so long - wasn't sure I really needed to come here. Sitting in on a free session several months ago changed that though, and I'm learning so much more, to add to what I already know and do. Thanks to Craig, Kelly and team!Kathie Thomas
Get Listed in the Professional Freelance Directory
Since starting Freelance University in 2008, we have built a solid reputation for providing high-quality and in-demand training for freelancers and online professionals. As a result, many small business entrepreneurs now regularly contact us seeking talented freelancers for a whole variety of projects.
It is extremely important to us that your skills and experience be on display in order to ignite your visibility with ideal clients.
So, as part of your enrollment to Freelance University, you will receive a visually appealing Professional Profile web page and a listing in our popular Freelance Directory! This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get connected with a wave of entrepreneurs in need of your awesome skills and experience!
Sample Profile from the Freelance Directory:
“Hear from these clients whose businesses have been made better by FreeU Graduates.”
Working with FreeU students has been a godsend for our company. The level of expertise we have experienced has been relevant, current and top-notch. FreeU students are affordable, accountable, adhere to deadlines and show initiative. They are able to foresee challenges and make informed suggestions to maximize our marketing dollars. I will use the Professional Directory for all my future hires.Angela Thompson, AchieveTrueHealth.com
I've built and run 5 different successful online businesses over the last 9 years, and while none of them have been easy, there is one that has gotten substantially easier (and more profitable) in the last year. And that business? Is the one with a Freelance University graduate handling a large portion of the day-to-day operations in the business. My wife and I have worked with several other freelancers over the years, and the one from FreeU is, by far, the best we’ve ever had.Forest Linden, Art of Money
Freelance University is such a worthy investment in yourself, your business and your clients! If you’re on the fence about signing up – hop off and do it! I promise you’ll LOVE the value and your ROI will rock your world! In fact, after ONE completed course, I’ve already received 6x my ROI of my University tuition!Jamie Bateman, The Write Style Virtual Assistant
The FreeU Money-Back Guarantee
I am absolutely confident that your enrollment at Freelance University will be an immensely valuable step forward for you, and will help you build and grow a rewarding and profitable freelance business in 2019!
Still, I want to be absolutely sure it is the right fit for you. So take 15 DAYS to check out and evaluate the University. If for any reason you decide our University is not for you, then please contact our team at [email protected] and we will cancel your monthly or annual commitment with us and refund your tuition right away.
WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT FREEU...
"I recommend Freelance University for three main reasons. One, for the support from the community and mentors in the FB group. Whenever I have a Q about anything I think about asking FreeU first. Two, the wealth of trainings available on such a varied range of subjects. Three, the Freelance Directory."Elizabeth Smith
"The courses are extremely helpful in providing someone with skills in preparation to provide clients with in-demand services and keeping up with the trends for what clients want. FreelanceU is cost-effective. Taking the courses offered by FreelanceU provides us with amazing knowledge and helps us to develop and enhance our expertise in so many areas without spending thousands of dollars by going to a community college. I would highly recommend FreelanceU in a heartbeat to new virtual assistants and solopreneurs who want to develop new skills or enhance existing skills."Barb Gilbert
I really value the content and the friendly atmosphere. The topics are current and nicely presented. The team is amazing.Jill Bucher
Freelance University is one of the best online training portals you can find. Their courses are thorough, easy to follow, and relevant to the skills businesses and freelancers need to become more successful online. I'm very happy to have found the training programs at Freelance University, and Craig Cannings is a wonderful teacher and trainer, too. I recommend them both, very highly.Susan Weeks
The Online Freelancer Industry wouldn’t be where it is today without Freelance University. Craig makes sure that the “mystery” around digital marketing and Social Media disappears and that it is possible to learn the material quickly and easily.Heike Hunscher
FreeU courses are brimming with knowledgeable instructors and great information. Freelance University is money well spent and you’ll definitely come away increasing your knowledge level!Ruth Martin
Freelance University consistently delivers high-quality training programs for Freelancers and Online Professionals. Craig’s genuine love of training and interest in helping participants results in top-notch presentations and quality resources. The FreeU support team is efficient, interactive and very helpful. I highly recommend Freelance University. This is the place to go for learning and growth as an online freelancer.Janice Mcleod
I've enrolled in several training and certification courses at Freelance University and they have always been consistent at offering training on high-demand skills that are necessary for freelancers like myself. I highly recommend FreeU for all your training needs!Rebecca Ishibashi
Craig has been providing exceptional training for a number of years. When I was first building my virtual business, I was drawn in by both Craig’s incredible energy, knowledge, and ability to connect, while delivering first-rate material. As my business has evolved, I have continued to take new courses, or upgrade my skills through Freelance University. Thank you for providing such an incredible service!Tracey Ehman, Admin Sidekick
Freelance University courses are fabulous!! They are incredibly detailed and well laid out. I would not be where I am now, making a great living and earning a fabulous reputation! Thank you so much Craig! I will continue to take every course that FreeU offers!Serena Carcasole