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!
Since 2008, we have helped over 14,000 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?
Gain full access to 70+ powerful certifications and workshops for one low-cost monthly or annual tuition plan.
8 Talented Mentors
Connect with 8 talented mentors ready to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
Enroll in powerful, skill-based courses designed to ignite your client and income potential.
Access industry-leading certifications in such areas as Digital Marketing, Project Management, Podcast Production, Wordpress and so much more.
Warm and Engaging Community
Join a super supportive and responsive community of like-minded instructors, mentors and peers who are committed to your success!
Set up a Professional Profile in our Freelance Directory to be seen by a fast-growing base of clients in need of your services!
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 14,000 virtual professionals in over 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.
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 VA or Freelance 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, Digital Marketing, Digital Media & Events, Content Creation & Management, Business Management, Technology Management and Web/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, 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 and “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!
Practical 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.
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 over 100 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 VA or 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 keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology landscape.
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 or VA 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.
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 Manager Program
- Social Media Advertising Program
- Facebook Community Management
- Social Media Analytics
- Creating Social Media Contests
- Build Brand with Facebook Live
Content Creation & Management
Content Creation & Management
- Digital Content Manager
- Create Effective Email Sequences
- Create Powerful Headlines
- Create Engaging Sales Pages
- Design an Effective Blog Post
- Create Online Presentations
- Design Online Courses
- 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
- WordPress Foundation Program
- Mastering OptimizePress
- Mastering ConvertKit
- MailChimp Mastery
- Leadpages Mastery
- Mastering GSuite
- Mastering Dubsado
- Woocommerce Success
- Digital Marketing Specialist Program
- Product Launch Specialist Program
- Book Marketing Mastery Program
- How to Create Free Offers
- Influencer Marketing 101
Web & Graphic Design
Web & Graphic Design
- 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
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
Get Started at Freelance University Today!
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|Powerful Facebook Learning Community|
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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