When you invest in yourself, your future, your freedom, and your virtual assistant business by enrolling in The Virtual Mentoring Program, you’re making a commitment of money, of course, but also of time, energy, and heart. It seems reasonable to us that you would want to understand (as much as a person can!) what your experience with us will be like. Are were friendly? Stern? Will we “make you” do things you don’t want to do? Are we trustworthy? Do we deliver what we say we will?
Read on to learn more about what you can expect, and to hear from our graduates, whose voices are the ones you need to pay attention to when it comes to us.
The AssistU difference
A Core Belief in Personal Responsibility
We believe that each of us is responsible for herself and her experiences. In our own lives, we’re the only ones who can control what we do, what we say, how we say it, who we say it to, how we interpret what we see or read—in short, what choices we make and what actions we take. It’s only when we accept that responsibility that we grow up and have the ability to create lives we love. It’s also a foundational element for creating and running a successful business as a VA. So we hold ourselves to being personally responsible, and we’ll hold you to it, too. One of the ways that shows up is in the work we assign. Some of it needs to be turned in to us for review. Most of it is for you to do on your own. You get to choose whether to do it all, or do none of it. And that choice will, in great measure, help you or hinder you. Still, it’s your choice.
We Focus on Foundation, Not Cliff Jumping
When you’re starting something new, we think that jumping off a cliff and trying to grow wings on the way down is more than a bit crazy. So is flying by the seat of your pants, in most cases. And jumping in the deep end to learn to swim? Even in business, that can lead to drowning. The craziness is, in our view, especially true if you want to do something without entirely trashing your life in the process. We like people who are more on the sane and protective sides of things. If that’s you, chances are you’ll love us because we’ll help you create something new with a strong foundation under it so that it supports you and everything that’s important to you without traveling at a snail’s pace. We will never, ever push you off a cliff. Promise. We make no such promises about using fewer truisms.
When Anastacia created this program, she wasn’t content with giving mentees informational theory about how to start VA businesses. Instead, she wanted to create assignments that would give them reason to think, make decisions, and take action. She wanted people to be able to go through our program and launch a business on the other side of that. Theory doesn’t make that happen. As an example, there’s an assignment to create foundations for their VA businesses by doing a business plan that she would then review and help them strengthen. See, the stats showed that more than 50% of new businesses weren’t still operating five years after they started, and she wanted each person at AssistU to have the best chance to beat those odds. Our grads tell us it’s one of the best things about The Virtual Mentoring Program.
Built on Feminine Principles
Most companies are led by mostly-masculine principles, with the biggest being how money drives everything. Unfortunately for them, there are many people for whom that doesn’t work. Like us. And probably you. We believe relationships are meant to come first, and from them, great businesses with great results. We value (and teach!) key feminine principles, such as having abundant hearts and minds, caring about others, choosing cooperation over competition, and letting love lead the way. Feminine principles are every bit as valid in business as masculine ones, and our VAs prove it in their practices every day.
An Intimate Community
We believe that relationships drive good businesses, and great relationships help change the world. That’s why it’s important to us that you are immersed in a community of your peers where you can make great relationships, and never feel like you’re doing this alone. In our private community for mentees, everyone you’ll meet is a little bit ahead of you, or a bit behind. That makes conversations incredibly satisfying, interesting, and a true bonus for what you’re learning from us. Our mentors jump into the conversations, too, so you also benefit from their experience and perspective.
Our Vast Experience, Offered Up With Nothing Held Back
The virtual assistance profession began with us, and for nearly 20 years, we’ve trained the best VAs. Chances are, the most successful VAs you know were trained by us, or trained by someone who was trained by us. We get this business like nobody else, and our passion is in sharing every bit of our experience, expertise, perspective, and well-earned wisdom with you so that starting and building your business will be as simple for you as it possibly can be.
How We See VAs
From our perspective, VAs are something very specific and special and that perspective informs everything we do and all that we teach. We see VAs as administrative and operations professionals who own businesses and call their own shots. Professional equals to their clients, they are not minions, and only those who understand that truth are worthy of a minute of the VA’s time. Yeah, we’re passionate about this. To hang with us, you should be, too.
To have a business that’s truly your own and fits you like a glove, you need to have high standards. We help you create them for yourself, we help you learn to live them, and we model our own for you all the time—which helps you live your own. In addition, some of our standards now make up the norm in the VA industry. We’re proud to have contributed standards such as working on retainer, not allowing unused hours to roll over, being an equal in the relationship you have with clients, and never working with a client who isn’t ideal for you.
When paired with a passionate professional mentor, you get what you’d expect: a focused guide to answer your questions and help you move through The Virtual Mentoring Program. What might surprise you is that, in addition, your mentor will get to know you, your hopes and dreams, your fears and worries, and she’ll help you gain some perspective on it all, She’ll also want to hear about your wins, your celebrations, and the times when you’re over-the-moon happy. 1:1 focused attention from someone who will also be your greatest champion? That level of support is absolutely priceless.
We've Made the Program Affordable
When people comment that our program is expensive, we ask, “Compared to what?” Maybe it’s expensive compared to continuing whatever you’re doing now—which probably has little, if any, monetary expense associated with it. But it’s not at all expensive for what it includes, and what you take with you—a whole new career that will help you better experience your life. And if you’re here looking longingly at what we offer and wishing you could have your own VA business, the investment will never be as expensive as missing out on what your heart wants you to do. In case money’s tight, we offer a pay plan. While it’s ok to stretch, we don’t want you to suffer.
Our Happiness Promise
We want you to be able to experience us and the VMP with very little risk. At the same time, you can’t say you’re not happy unless you give us a good try. So if you enroll, we’ll ask you to go through the first two classes and do the work, hang out with us, talk with your mentor, and ask any questions you might have—as if you were fully committed. If you do that, hand in your work and tell us that what we offer just isn’t for you, we’ll quickly refund your tuition, minus an administrative fee.
Truly Caring Support
Graciousness and genuine caring are two of our primary values. So in your first encounter with us, and in every one after that, we want you to know that we’re behind you and your success. Whether you’re interacting with a mentor, one of our team members, or Anastacia, we want you to feel like you’ve found a home with us, and that we will be there for you when you reach out—every single time.
What Our Grads Want You to Know About the Experience
You’ll find a community of women who are truly supportive in a non-competitive environment. As a business owner, it’s easy to work in a vacuum but this community has enabled me to form bonds with like-minded women who are interested in personal and professional growth and who share the same values that I do. The regular community calls and online interaction also keep me current on trends that I need to know about so that I can serve my clients well. In all the years I’ve been an active member, I’ve never ceased to be amazed at not only the professionalism, knowledge and depth of sharing by the members but also the involvement of AssistU’s founder, Anastacia Brice. If you’re serious about setting yourself up for long term success as a Virtual Assistant, I highly recommend AssistU.Gayle Bu
Everything about AssistU and the program spoke to my heart. I’ve been a VA for 14 years now and today, I’m a senior citizen (in my 70s). I feel incredibly blessed to “still” have the mental and physical capacity to sustain a business and do what I love to do. I work fewer hours today than I used to; however, my flexible schedule allows me to care for my husband who has health issues and, more importantly, to care for myself.
I am forever grateful to AU and, especially, Anastacia Brice, for providing the means for me to live a purposeful life – with joy, integrity and balance.Judy Segawa
AssistU is heaven-sent. At a time when I was looking for a serious change I found AssistU. I watched, waited and then finally jumped. I was scared and nervous and super excited too! It was a change that would allow me the courage to be independent and self-sufficient. If I hadn’t jumped, I wouldn’t know that I was capable of owning a strong and stable business. If AssistU wouldn’t have been there to encourage the jump with all that they offer, I wouldn’t have near the solid foundation nor the outstanding and genuine support I need and so love, which is icing on the cake.Cindy Henexson
I would also say that the training provided me the opportunity for a personal journey. I appreciated the structure of the training and the deadlines provided. However, I also appreciated that my mentor and AssistU was willing to work through a personal issue that arose during my training. Life happens. Amy, Anastacia, and the AssistU family understood that and supported me. I was able to return to the program within the allotted time, finish, and finish strong! Like I have said before, I have struggled with my self-worth for some time. It’s been a long time since I have been able to think, yet alone *say* anything positive about myself. Through this process, I had a spark of the old me. I am able to dream again and reach for a professional independence I have always dreamed of achieving. The support at AssistU provided that strong foundation to the beginning of a new future.
I truly feel that the AssistU family came into my life at a crucial point in time. I am a blessed to have this opportunity. My present and my future have been positively influenced by this program.
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)Sara Clime
There are a lot of VA organizations around the world, but what sets AssistU apart from the rest are the high standards every single AssistU graduate has for herself, her business, and her clients. I feel that Anastacia Brice, and AssistU.com was one of those “best things that ever happened to me situations”. Both literally changed my work and my life.MaryJo McCann
AssistU’s practical, focused training provided me with the knowledge and skills to create a solid foundation under my business. My AssistU membership continue to provides me with learning opportunities, additional training, collaboration with like-minded Virtual Assistants, a community in which to engage, brainstorm, find support, and incredible friendships. It was not always easy. I was challenged with the marketing side of being a solopreneur. The coaching and community support available as an AssistU VA got me through a very challenging time and enveloped me as I focused on building my practice.Amy Kazor, CPVA
I’m grateful to AssistU and to Anastacia Brice for providing the training and the community for me to successfully create the life and business of my dreams.Michelle Micheals
What I have learned through my training and the ongoing support of the AssistU community is so much more than the mechanics of being a virtual assistant, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s the mindset, the thought process, of building a practice that fits you and your life. I have a confidence and self-assurance as a VA that I would never have found on my own. I have a handful of terrific clients, doing work that I love, on my own terms, in my own business, and I’ve never been happier in my career.Jude Rush, CPVA