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!
Thanks for stopping by! In 2008, we first launched Freelance University (Formerly, VAClassroom) and fondly remember those initial seven students that said YES to our first program. It was a very humble beginning and at the time, we honestly never thought that we would go from that very first class to delivering over 100 courses to 10,000 students in 60+ countries around the world.
Freelance University has now become the premier online learning platform for existing and aspiring freelancers, virtual assistants and online professionals seeking to build a rewarding and thriving business online!
Freelance University (aka FreeU) is specially designed for freelancers and VAs like yourself to…
- DISCOVER the most ideal service niche or specialization that will fuel your passion and create the best income opportunities for you and your family moving forward.
- LEARN and develop the right skills to attract better clients and elevate your income potential through our University featuring over 60 certifications, courses and workshops. Your continual learning is an absolute key to success for your business. Like entrepreneur Marie Forleo says, “You need to keep learning so you can keep earning.”
- CONNECT with experienced instructors, supportive mentors and your own peers to gain support, overcome challenges and create new opportunities for your business. At FreeU, you are NOT alone! We believe it “takes a village to raise up an entrepreneur.”
- GROW your business to new levels every year as you fine-tune your skills, expand your services and create the kind of flexible and profitable freelance business you’ve always dreamed of.
We created FreeU to be your “one-stop” professional development platform to help you stay ahead of the curve, keep your skills sharp and deepen your client and income opportunities.
Have a further read below to see all that is included in our state-of-the-art Online University and please don’t hesitate to drop us a note if you have any questions along the way.
To your success in 2019,
Craig and Kelly Cannings
How will FREELANCE UNIVERSITY grow my business?
Freelance University is an easy-to-use, responsive and life-long learning platform that is helping our students to build thriving businesses online! The University features:
- Over 60 current freelance or VA training certifications, courses and programs so your skills stay sharp and in-demand
- Monthly live skill workshops on the most popular topics selected by our freelance community
- A simple course tracking system to help you effectively monitor your learning progress
- A private learning community to ensure that ALL your questions get answered
- Practical tutorials on the technology that is most important to you and your clients
- Software Sandbox to practice using a variety of important software such as WordPress, ConvertKit and Leadpages
- Helpful resource guides and checklists that you can quickly apply to the work you are doing with your clients
- Powerful video interviews with successful freelancers and experts
- A Professional Freelance Directory to prominently showcase your skills and abilities in a visually appealing profile page to be seen by lots of new clients
- The monthly “Learning Curve” publication delivered to your inbox complete with valuable articles, tips and tools to keep your skills sharp!
Semester Schedule of New Training Opportunities (January 2019)
Freelance University offers three intakes in September, January and May and features three semesters of powerful NEW certifications, courses and workshops.
Based on ongoing surveys and input from our advisory board, new programs & courses are created each semester to help you develop the most in-demand skills and services for your virtual business. Each semester features 1 new certification, 1 core course and 4 interactive workshops. That equates to 18 NEW and relevant courses per year!
Industry-Leading Certification Programs
Access comprehensive and easy-to-learn Certification Programs across seven core tracks: Social Media, Internet Marketing, Digital Media & Events, Content Creation & Management, Business Management, Technology and Graphic Design.
(Check out the course catalog below featuring specific courses for each track.)
Freelance University includes a database of certification courses featuring short, practical videos, quizzes, resources & checklists.
We have partnered with the 3rd party accreditation company, Accredible.com, to deliver our professional digital certifications that easily integrate with your LinkedIn profile as well as your website and other Social Media channels.
Comprehensive Course Library
Access a large library of powerful, skill-building courses, each designed to help you improve and expand the skills and services you offer your clients!
Our course library includes both “Business-Building” programs that help you set up, market and grow your business in an effective way as well as “Skill-Building” courses designed to improve and expand the services you offer your clients.
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 Skill Workshop
Join us every month for a new, LIVE, interactive 90-minute workshop on freelance and business topics that matter to you!
Through ongoing surveys and feedback from students and clients, our team is fully dialed into the skill needs that are most pertinent to your growth and success.
The live workshops will be recorded and posted in an established archive of awesome training!
Tech Corner (Software / Apps 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.
Our “Tech Corner” offers practical, step-by-step 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 provides a series of short courses on popular business apps.
Freelance 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)!
The Resource Centre simplifies your life with practical guides and checklists across a variety of areas to help improve the delivery of your services and the operation of your business.
Student Success Interviews
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 Freelancer is to simply watch and learn how others have been able to build profitable businesses.
Virtual Office Hours (with Chief Learning Officer, Craig Cannings)
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.
Regular Course Upgrades
Access ongoing upgrades to our most popular and in-demand training programs so you can keep your skills sharp and up-to-date. At Freelance University, we will do regular upgrades to our flagship programs such as the “Social Media Manager” Program as the technology evolves so quickly!
Software Practice Area
Access our popular Software Sandbox featuring a variety of premium and paid software that your clients need you to know. This is the perfect place to practice using industry-leading software so you can effectively support your clients! Some of the popular software include Premium WordPress themes and plugins, Canva for Work, Venngage, ConvertKit, Leadpages and many more.
Private University Facebook Group
Access a thriving community of like-minded Freelance Entrepreneurs to discuss business topics and to share successes as well as tools and resources with one another.
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.
A Special Message for NEW Freelancers
One of the greatest challenges to launching a new freelance business is simply “GETTING STARTED”!
Fortunately, we have completely simplified the process for you by including our Freelance 101 Program in our University. This practical 10-module course is designed to help you start a Freelance business from scratch and lay a foundation to then progress to further skills training within the University.
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 UniversityPam Atkins, Admin Sidekick
Freelance University gave me the tools I needed when I started my business years ago. I started with 1 client and now I have over 20 accounts and a lot of great clients.Sabrina Espinal, Sabrina & Company
YOUR SNEAK PREVIEW OF 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.
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!Joanne Burgess
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 Program
- Social Media Advertising Program
- Facebook Community Management
- Social Media Analytics
- Creating Social Media Contests
- Build Brand with Facebook Live
- Content Development Program
- Create Effective Email Sequences
- Create Powerful Headlines
- Create Engaging Sales Pages
- Design an Effective Blog Post
- Create Online Presentations
- Design Online Courses
- How to Repurpose Online Content
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
- WordPress Foundation Program
- WordPress Marketing Plugins
- Mastering ConvertKit
- MailChimp Mastery
- Leadpages Mastery
- Mastering GSuite
- Google Analytics
- Woocommerce Success
- Digital Marketing Specialist Program
- Product Launch Specialist Program
- Book Marketing Mastery Program
- How to Create Free Offers
- Influencer Marketing 101
Graphic Design Track
Graphic Design Track
- 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
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 (formerly, VAClassroom) 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
The University Faculty and Mentors
Over the past ten years, I have had the great privilege of designing and creating in-demand training certifications and courses for our students all over the world. While I am the lead instructor and “Chief Learning Officer” for our University, we also have a talented group of session instructors who provide specialized training in WordPress, Podcasting, Bookkeeping, Ecommerce, Client-Onboarding and so many other topics.
Further to that, we have recruited 7 talented and big-hearted Mentors with a combined 40 years of Freelancing Experience! Each of the mentors focus on supporting a particular training track in our University.
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
The True Value of Freelance University
For many years, we created a wide range of specialized freelance training programs that students were able to purchase on an individual or a-la-carte basis. So, if students were seeking Social Media Training, they would purchase one or more of our five core SM programs.
This is what our tuition model has looked like for 8 years:
- Certification Course
- Skill-Based Course
- Clinic or Workshop
But, a common concern we’d often hear from our students is: “I am really needing multiple courses, but can ONLY afford to take one.”
It is important to us that you are able to access the right training at the right time in the most cost-effective way possible. So, in keeping with our ongoing commitment to offer the most current and affordable skills training, Freelance University has just gotten a lot more attractive to you (and your training budget).
From A-La-Carte Model to All-In-One University
At FreeU, there are over 60 high relevant and in-demand Certifications, Courses and Workshops. As part of your enrollment in our University, you will receive access to EVERYTHING.
if we were still using our old tuition model, your education costs would break down like this:
|12 Certification Courses||@$297 each||$3564|
|30 Skill-Based Courses||@$147 each||$4410|
|20 Workshops||@$67 each||$1340|
That’s over $9300 dollars of industry-leading courses included in our powerful university.
Plus, as part of your monthly or annual enrollment, you will receive 18 NEW courses each year including:
3 major certifications programs ($994 value)
3 skill-based courses ($441 value)
12 interactive workshops ($564 value)
That’s an additional $1999 in valuable training offered every year to go along with the $9300+ worth of training already available in our University!
But not to worry, FreeU will be a whole lot more affordable for you than $11,000+ in training! Keep on reading below.
Get Started at Freelance University Today!
Two Easy Tuition Plans to Choose From:
|SELECT YOUR PLAN:||Annual Tuition Plan
|Monthly Tuition Plan|
|65+ Certifications, Courses & Workshops($9300 value)|
|New In-Demand Training Programs||18 NEW COURSES||18 NEW COURSES|
|Freelance Resource Centre with Practical Guides & Checklists|
|Interactive Course Discussion Boards|
|Tech Corner Software / App Tutorials|
|Student Success Interviews|
|Monthly Office Hours Q&A Webinars with Craig|
|Ongoing Support from Our World-Class Business Mentors|
|Professional Certifications Powered by Accredible|
|Monthly Access to the Learning Curve publication|
|Powerful Facebook Learning Community|
|Professional Freelance Directory Listing|
|1 PAYMENT of $597
3 MONTHS FREE ($200 SAVINGS!)
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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. 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