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 freelancers (like me) wanting to enhance skills and specialties and learn new ways to help my clients. The support in the Facebook group is tremendous, from the mentors and other students to Craig and Kelly often jumping in to share their expertise. The value of the University is second to none. Without hesitation, I would recommend Freelance University to all virtual professionals.
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!
I started my VA business in 2012 at the age of 57. I wanted to be self employed, have a flexible schedule, be able to work from anywhere and do what I love. I also needed to hone my skill set. I found that with FreeU. FreeU has the best model for on-line training that I have ever seen for Freelancers. l love that for a yearly fee, I can take all of the courses offered in the comfort of my office at home or wherever I happen to be in the world!
We've Helped More Than 14,000 Students Just Like You...
- Discover the most lucrative service niche and specialization
- Develop the most sought after skills in any industry
- Create a flexible and rewarding business from scratch
- Connect with instructors, mentors and peers who will always be there for you
- Live your dream life with a business that gives you freedom just 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.
8 Talented Mentors
Connect with 8 talented 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
When my wife Kelly and I started freelancing online in 2003, there was virtually no support or training for VAs or Freelancers. We had to figure everything things out and learn the hard way. It was tough, but we got there in the end.
It’s our desire that all our students have the freedom to create their own business, define their work-life balance, and pursue a career that ignites their passions. That’s why we decided to launch Freelance University back in 2008 to provide a one-stop professional development platform for Freelancers, Virtual Assistants and Online Professionals. Since then, we’ve had the privilege of training over 14,000 virtual professionals in more than 70 countries.
Kelly and I have enjoyed the great freedom of working from home while raising 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
Semester Schedule of New Training Opportunities
Freelance University offers three semesters of powerful NEW certifications, courses and workshops. It’s how we ensure you have everything you need to find the direction and insights you need to create a business you can be proud of.
Based on ongoing surveys and input from our students, new programs and courses are created each semester to help you develop the most in-demand skills and services for your VA or Freelance business. Each semester features 1 new certification, 1 core course and 4 interactive workshops. That means you get 18 NEW COURSES every single year!
Industry-Leading Certification Programs
Our courses are industry-leading for a reason and cover the eight core tracks you need to succeed as a freelancer: Social Media, Digital Marketing, Digital Media & Events, Content Creation & Management, Business Management, Technology Management, Graphic Design, and Web Development.
By partnering with the 3rd party accreditation company, Accredible.com, 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!
(Check out the course catalog below featuring specific courses for each track.)
Comprehensive Course Library
Our library isn’t just a reference source you can dip into from time to time — it’s a unique resource other freelancers wished they knew about. By making full use of our range of “Business-Building” and “Skills-Building” programs, you can learn everything you need to become the most sought after professional in your niche.
Pick and choose the right type of skill-based courses to meet your current and evolving needs. There is literally a course for every possible niche, with more being added each month.
Monthly Skills Workshop
Every single month we offer a new LIVE and interactive 90-minute workshop on the freelance and business topics that matter most to you!
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 in an established archive of awesome training!
In-Depth Software Training Tutorials
At some point, all of you as freelancers 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 also have recently launched our NEW “App Lab” which features a series of short courses on popular business apps.
Exclusive Resource Centre
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 100 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!
Student Success Interviews
Inspiration is everything when you’re growing a business and building a career, but what do you do as a freelancer who’s always working solo?
Watch or listen to a whole variety of interviews with successful professionals and other experts on key topics important to you.
One of the BEST ways to grow as a VA or Freelancer is to simply watch and learn how others have built profitable businesses.
Monthly Virtual Office Hours
Access a LIVE monthly Q&A webinar with Craig and special guests where you can bring your questions, challenges and discussion topics that are important to your business right now.
The monthly Virtual Office Hours is a great place to connect live with other students and get up to speed on pertinent topics in our industry.
Strategic Course Upgrades
We don’t just publish courses and then sit back and wait for the next big shift to come along. We’re constantly making strategic updates to our courses so our students stay ahead of the curve. If you’ve been searching for a way to keep your skills current, you’ve found it.
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, Magisto and Leadpages. By getting the hands on practical experience you need, you can master a lucrative new skill in a single afternoon.
Private Facebook Group
Access a thriving community of like-minded Freelance 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 Facebook Group is closely moderated by myself along with seven amazing Mentors who have a combined experience of over 40 years in the Freelance industry! You will be in GREAT hands in our community.
Finding it Hard to Get Started?
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We know what it’s like to take the first steps towards the Freelance career you want, which is why we’ve also included our exclusive Freelance 101 program.
This practical 10-module course is designed to help you start a Freelance business from scratch and lay a foundation for further study. It’s the incredible first step you’ll look back on in years to come as you think about where your amazing business got started.
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.
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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 Freelance University. The collection of certifications & 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 student at Freelance University.Pam Atkins, Admin Sidekick
You need this course 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 101 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 Marketing
Social Media Marketing
- Social Media Manager Certification
- Facebook Advertising Specialist
- Facebook Community Management
- Social Media Analytics
- Creating Social Media Contests
- Build Brand with Facebook Live
Content Creation & Management
Content Creation & Management
- Copywriting Fundamentals
- Online Course Creation & Management
- Digital Content Manager
- Create Effective Email Sequences
- Create Powerful Headlines
- The Online Course Builder
- Design Effective Blog Posts
- Website Writing Success
Business Management & Support
Business Management & Support
- Project Management Specialist
- Virtual Business Management
- Create Client Proposals
- Customer Support Rock Star
- Internet Research Skills
- Business Planning 101
- Small Business Bookkeeping
- Creating Effective Systems
- Mastering ConvertKit
- Mastering Zapier
- Mastering Asana
- MailChimp Mastery
- Leadpages Mastery
- Mastering GSuite
- Mastering Dubsado
- Woocommerce Success
- Digital Marketing Specialist Program
- Product Launch Specialist Program
- Online Video Marketing
- Email List Builder
- Book Marketing Mastery Program
- How to Create Free Offers
- Influencer Marketing 101
- Graphic Design Foundations
- Mastering Canva for Work
- Intermediate Graphic Design
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe Photoshop
- Create GIFs and Animations
Digital Media & Events
Digital Media & Events
- Online Events Management
- Podcast Production Specialist
- Lead Effective Meetings with Zoom
- How to Coordinate Virtual Conferences
- Multimedia Editing and Production
- Create and Produce Online Videos
Web Design & Development
Web Design & Development
- WordPress Fundamentals Program
- Wordpress Maintenance & Management
- Mastering Squarespace
- Mastering Woocommerce
- Mastering OptimizePress
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
Put Your Talent and Business in the Spotlight
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
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"I LOVE the priceless information and training along with the Facebook community. To me FreeU is almost a “necessary business expense” (which is tax deductible 😊) and worth every penny. Especially for a new freelance startup, there’s a lot of other “schools” out there, but none compare with this one. Additionally, Kelly and Craig bring so much of themselves to it and are awesome to deal with! This is a MUST!" Cindy Frisendahl
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We know that when you enroll at Freelance University it will be the biggest, most important step you’ve taken towards building the Freelance or VA business you’ve always dreamed of.
To make sure you’re absolutely sure you’ve found the perfect fit, we want you to take 15 DAYS to try out everything we have to offer. If for any reason you decide you want to leave, please contact us at [email protected] and we will cancel your monthly or annual commitment and give you a full refund with the click of a button. It really is that simple.
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. Most of the courses that FreelanceU offers are not offered at community colleges or universities. 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