Hi, I'm Kathy Goughenour,
CEO & Founder of
I coach and train the world's best Virtual Assistants (VAs).
I have literally written the book on how to become a successful virtual assistant. I have used my years of marketing and corporate experience to propel myself into my own business. A business that I could create autonomy and flexibility for myself.
After success in my own virtual assistant business, I decided to teach other women (and a few men) to do the same for themselves. And so Expert VA® and Virtual Expert® Training was born. I have created and continue to create innovative and up-to-date training and coaching programs that focus on best practices and professionalism in the industry. Check out my whole story HERE.
The virtual assistants that complete the full 31 module training program and full 6 months of one-on-one coaching are the best in the world. They are driven and have a clear pathway to success. They are competent and attentive to the needs of a virtual business.
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Virtual Assistants help businesses of all sizes in many ways. Established business owners realize at some point that they cannot do it all - even if they worked 24/7! That’s where a virtual assistant comes in - virtual assistants are professionals that can help you with some aspect of your business from bookkeeping, email/calendar management, website design, general admin support, social media marketing and beyond!
Virtual assistants are cost-effective, too. Instead of paying an employee an hourly wage, you can work with a professional either on an on-going basis or when you need special projects completed. You are billed for only the time worked - not for hours sitting in an office.
Learn more about the types of virtual assistants who have completed the Virtual Expert® Training program below!
The Virtual Expert® Training (VET) program graduates three levels of virtual assistants who are dedicated to supporting businesses of various sizes across a wide variety of industries. See a detailed description of Expert VA®, Virtual Expert® and Certified Virtual Expert® below. ⬇
Our Matchmaker and our site makes it easy to match skills, platform management, and level of proficiency so you get the right fit for your business...
Expert VA® and Virtual Expert® is a very robust training system. Because there are different levels and layers to the training we classify our students on our directory so business owners can find the level of experience and specialization that fits their needs.
Here are the 3 classifications and an example of the listing image for each...
Expert Virtual Assistants (VAs) bring many skills to the table, but they pride themselves on continuous learning and growth in their industry. With a great network of other supportive VAs close by, they can easily find solutions to many everyday problems. Prior to working on their own, Expert VAs® worked professionally in support roles and have gained years of experience.
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In terms of the VET program, an Expert VA® is still building his/her own business and may not yet offer specialized work within a certain target market. As such, the hourly pay rate for an Expert VA® is lower, averaging $18 to $25 per hour.
In addition to what an Expert VA® has achieved, Virtual Experts® have become highly specialized in the skill and services that they can offer to businesses. A business owner can rely on a Virtual Expert® to be a well-regarded resource in addition to someone who provides support. In terms of the VET program, Virtual Experts® have completed all 31 lessons and six months of intensive 1x1 coaching. Virtual Experts® have fully launched their own business and have developed strong client relationships for either on-going work or project work. They stay active in the Virtual Expert® community and receive periodic training and support.
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The pay rate for a Virtual Expert will vary depending on their area of expertise and business needs, but an average range could be $30 to $45 per hour.
The creme-de-la-creme. In addition to all of the qualifications of a Expert VA® and Virtual Expert®, a Certified Virtual Expert® has established a professional business with a proven track record of success. Certified Virtual Experts® are viewed as strategists to many business owners. This strategic professional will help your business grow - you can always rely on their expertise, knowledge, and forward-thinking business mentality.
Certified Virtual Experts® completed the full VET program and are currently enrolled in continuing education training; they stay on top of the latest developments in their area of specialization. Certified Virtual Experts® actively maintain this designation annually through client relations case studies and other certification standards.
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Because of their high level of expertise, Certified Virtual Experts® generally start at $45 per hour and up, depending on their overall experience level and area of specialization.