"FreeU has been the primary motivator in the growth and success of my business. Having launched my business at the onset of COVID-19 proved daunting at times but the fabulous FreeU community provided continuous inspiration and practical advice for growing even in the midst of this global pandemic.The value FreeU has added to my life and business far outweighs the costs involved and FreeU is actually incredibly affordable. I'd definitely recommend you join today and experience this encouraging group for yourself."
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!
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!
Since 2008, We've Helped 20,000 Students Just Like You...
- DISCOVER: Find the right service niche and specialization
- LEARN: Build in-demand skills clients are seeking even during this Global Pandemic
- CONNECT: Get support from our team of talented instructors, mentors and like-minded peers always ready to help
- GROW: Level up the skills, tools and confidence to scale your business to new heights
- THRIVE: Live your dream life with a business that gives you many 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.
LEARN AND MASTER IN-DEMAND SKILLS IN OVER 40 FREELANCE NICHES!
(Hover over the different tracks below to view the 40+ different services that we provide training for at our All-Access University.)
- Social Media Management
- Facebook Ads Management
- Online Community Management
- Email Marketing
- Search Engine Optimization
- Video Marketing
- Book / Author Marketing
- Product Launch Management
- Google Analytics
- Canva Design Specialist
- Adobe In-Design, Photoshop & Illustrator Pro
- WordPress Designer & Manager
- Squarespace Designer
- Shopify Specialist
- WooCommerce Specialist
Digital Content Production
Digital Content Production
- Digital Content Management
- Ebook Creation & Formatting
- Content Marketing
- Online Course Management
- Webinar Set-up & Production
- Video / Audio Editing
- Podcast Production
Writing / Editing
Writing / Editing
- Website Writing
- SEO Content Writing
- Proofreading / Editing
- Email Newsletters & Sequences
- Digital Customer Service
- Email & Calendar Management
- Virtual Bookkeeper
- Online Researcher
- CRM / Lead Generation
Online Business Management
Online Business Management
- Virtual Project Management
- Virtual Team Management
- Business Consulting
- Financial Management
- Business Strategy & Systems
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 16,000 virtual professionals in more than 75+ 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
Industry-Leading Certification Programs
Get full access to over 80 in-demand courses across eight training tracks: 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, 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!
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.
Practical Courses on Finding and Managing Clients
One of the most challenging parts of being a Freelancer 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.
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.
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.
Join our talented mentors and like-minded Freelancers 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.
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.
Freelance Business Templates & Checklists
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!
Exclusive Student Discounts
As a FreeU student, you will get access to many business software discounts such as Adobe, Freshbooks and Honeybook. 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!
Need Help Getting 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 the Freelance Foundations track, which features a selection of courses to help you get started the RIGHT way including Freelancing 101, Discovering Your Niche, Pricing Your Services and Building Your Personal Brand.
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 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
"No matter your industry, FreeU offers something for you. I work full-time as a digital project manager as well as manage a side hustle as a course creator and etsy shop owner. The courses offered at FreeU are not only beneficial for up-leveling my personal business, but also as a full-time employee. Even better - these courses are not just theory but actual practical applications." "The FreeU community is also amazing. If there are questions everyone is so supportive. Of all my "business expenses", FreeU is one that is absolutely worth every penny!"Anabeth Wilson
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
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WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT FREEU...
FreeU is an essential part of building my business and it should be a part of your plan too. It will help you build your confidence, reputation, knowledge, and skills to be successful!Jeanne Stribling
"Being a part of the FreeU community has given me the confidence to make my dream a reality! The courses are fantastic, relevant and are constantly being upgraded with new content introduced.I appreciate the support, knowledge and positive feedback from the Facebook community.You are NOT alone with FreeU!Linda Mae Olgivie
"There is a nice atmosphere in the learning community. The courses are very well structured and easy to follow. I am very happy with the content of the courses. I have learnt a lot, including areas I already knew very well. FreeU is a perfect choice for me and, I believe, for anyone who would like to learn a lot in the freelance remote work." "I love FreeU way of doing things and, above all, I value their deep professional and personal understanding."Mercedes Guerrero
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
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
My experience at Freelance University has been phenomenal from the start. When I began researching my dream of starting a business from scratch in 2017, FreeU was the first place I found that offered a complete package of training and support for a very affordable investment. Now, three years later, I am still learning so much from the trainers and mentors at FreeU!Paula Holsberry
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
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
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