VAnetworking is one of the largest global networking platforms for virtual assistants to connect with each other and utilize resources to help them improve their businesses and find more opportunities.
On the client side, VAnetworking accepts job postings from businesses and allows their paid members to respond.
The company has been in business since 2003, and is based in British Columbia, Canada.
VAnetworking was founded by Tawnya Sutherland. As a virtual assistant herself in the early days of the industry, she couldn’t find a support network.
So as you might have guessed, she set out to build it that support network.
She started a forum for virtual assistants and as it gained momentum she started VAnetworking.
VAnetworking now has more than 30,000 members worldwide and has become one of the largest online resources for VAs to get their businesses up and running.
The company specializes in giving virtual assistants resources to help them find more work and improve their businesses.
They also work with clients looking for VAs helping them find the right assistants and offering resources to help them learn about working with VAs.
VAnetworking is primarily focused on providing everything a VA needs to start and run their business. They have a system and a certification program VAs can work through — for what it’s worth — as well as various training resources, mentoring groups, and a forum where VAs can meet and talk with one another.
They offer a lot of free resources and a free membership that opens up access to their forums and some training materials.
Their paid memberships open up access to job boards, network groups, and more training tools.
But with such a broad network of VAs, it’s only natural that VAnetworking offer something for prospective clients too. If you’re looking to hire, you can post a job for free, and they’ll try and match you with the best suited VA.
Some of the skills listed include:
- General Administrative
- Web Design
- Social Media Marketing
- Real Estate
The company offers support and training for clients to ensure they are getting the most from their working relationships with VAs.
(Tawnya also sells a $97 ebook series on finding the ultimate VA for your business.)
VAnetworking Plans and Pricing
On the VA side, VAnetworking has 3 different membership options:
- Free Membership – This gives you access to networking forums, video training courses, ebooks, checklists, and other resources.
- VA Insiders Club – $333 per year. This gives you access to a job board, monthly group coaching, webinars, training tools, a brainstorming network, and some other resources.
- VA Career – $997 per year. This gives you access to everything above, plus a startup system to help you get your business up and running in 30 days. Members also get access to online training tools, and website hosting.
For clients, your Request for Proposal is free to submit, and your job will be posted to VAnetworking’s VAinsider’s job board. Prospective VAs will reach out to you directly via email if they feel they’re a fit for your role.
Keep in mind that the company caters primarily to higher-end North American VAs. That means when budgeting for your job, think in the range of $25/hour and up.
But because the company is charging the VAs, you don’t pay any ongoing markup on your hire’s hours once they start working for you.
Since it’s free it doesn’t hurt to post your job and see what kind of responses you get.
For US-based freelance virtual assistants sourced in a similar vein, check out HireMyMom or Gina Horkey’s Virtual Assistant Finder service.
If your budget is a little lower, you might consider a service like FreeeUp, where you still have some vetting done by the platform but can reach a global (and potentially more affordable) talent pool.
And if you want someone else to really do the most of the hiring work for you — and the benefits of working through a VA company — there’s always well-rated options like Time Etc.
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