In my DIY VA course, I not only show you how to set up and run a successful VA business, but I also guide you through the entire process and do everything in my power to help you succeed.

You receive lifetime access to the content and the course comes with a fantastic trainee-only group where I focus heavily on mindset to help you become a confident and decisive business owner.

If you're feeling underused, undervalued, unappreciated and underpaid then why not become a Virtual Assistant.


What do you want from your life?

Here are just some of the reasons members of my community have given for wanting to be their own boss:

"I want to achieve my full potential."

"I want to learn new skills and meet new people."

"I want to be in charge of my own time and destiny."

"I want to be paid at a rate that reflected my skills and worth."

"I want the freedom to make the most out of life and enjoy it."

"I want to show my kids that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.”

"I want the flexibility to do what I want, when I want!"

"I want to be able to work around my young family."

"I want to have a feeling of control and freedom."

"I don't want to worry about how to fit that thing called 'life' around the 9-5.”

"I don’t want to look back one day and say “what if...?"

"I want something for me."

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While I don't know what your own reason might be, I do know that you want something more for yourself, or else you wouldn't be here.

I also know that if that 'something more' is setting up and running your own Virtual Assistant business, I can definitely help you do it.

MY (frankly, fabulous) DIY VA COURSE INCLUDES:


This section covers how to analyse your career history and assess your skillset so you can work out whether you already have a niche and what your services should be.


This covers what you should charge, how to invoice and get paid, setting up a business bank account, data protection (GDPR), tax and insurance. Basically all the legal stuff!


I show you how to create your own flexible, working calendar so you can happily manage your training, personal and work commitments without dropping the ball or going insane.  


It's important to thoughtfully consider and establish your personal brand. From deciding on your company name and logo, to what you should write on your website.


This detailed section covers how to land your first client and promote your business. You also have complimentary access to my Ultimate Marketing course.


I show you how to effectively run your VA business once you've set up. This includes managing clients, their work and expectations and how to stay motivated going forward.


You receive a plethora of free docs as well as exclusive discounts on my other courses. You also have free access to my Ultimate VA Marketing course. 


Contains job postings, Q&A sessions, a buddy up scheme, a book club and group discussions. I also give you weekly personal advice and feedback on your progress updates.

Start your VA journey today


A few A's for your Q's

Are any of your other downloads and courses included in the course?

Yes, you get all my smaller downloads and templates as well as my Guide on How to Get Clients and free access to the Ultimate VA Marketing course. 
The minute taking course, pricing course, newsletter course and legal docs are not included but you receive exclusive discounts for all of them.

Does the training cover how to do social media and tech stuff?

No, because there are as many types of VAs as there are types of business. I can't teach you how to do every task you may ever be asked to do, I simply show you how to use the skills you already have to set up a business and secure well-paid work.

Will I have any direct support from you?

Yes. I'm always on hand to answer questions in the Rock Stars trainee-only Facebook group. I hold monthly live group Q&A sessions and provide personal advice and feedback via a weekly 'Coffee Morning' post. Trainees are also encouraged to contact me directly if they're struggling with anything specific.

What else happens in the Rock Stars Facebook group?

Loads of things! Trainees have the Friday 'Coffee Morning' I mentioned (you post how you're getting on and I record a video with updates, advice and feedback), a monthly 'Buddy up' scheme where you can partner with another group member and a quarterly book club to encourage a confident mindset.
Also, any work enquiries I receive are posted in this group and members regularly post jobs and associate opportunities.

How long does it take to complete the course?

It’s hard to say how many hours on average it will take because it depends on how much time you can dedicate to study. Some trainees are up and running within a few weeks and others complete it over the course of a few months alongside their full-time job. 

Do I have to complete the course within a set period of time?

Not at all. You have lifetime access so you can start the course whenever you like and dip in and out of it whenever you want. You can whizz through the course and get clients within a couple of months (many people do), but you are free to take as long as you like.

How do I access the course once I've bought it?

The course is hosted on a private courses website. Once you click to buy, you'll immediately receive an email with your login details so you can instantly access the site and start working through the lessons. Check your spam folder if you don't receive your login details within half an hour. The login email will go to the email address linked to your payment card. 

Can I sign up for the course even if I don't live in the UK?

Of course. The Rock Stars is a global group as the training is not dependent on you being in a specific location. The course focuses on how to set up your business, how to find clients and then how to expand and develop as your business grows.

Can I see what the course covers? 

You can indeed. Just click on one of the pink payment buttons and you'll be taken to the website where the course is located. There you will see the payment plan options and the titles of each lesson.

Can I get a refund if I'm not happy with the course? 

If you purchase a course and realise within 14 days that it's not for you and you have completed less than 20% of the content, just send an email to support(at)thevahandbook(dot)com and I will provide a full refund.

I have a few more questions...

No problemo! Email support(at)thevahandbook(dot)com and ask away.

Ready to get going?

There will never be a "perfect time" to set up your business and at some point, you just need to stop reading and start doing or it will never happen.

Every VA says their only regret is that they didn't start sooner, so if you really do want to be your own boss then click the button below and enrol in the course today. You get immediate access so you can start working through the content straight away.

Happy Customers

"It's 3 years today since I bought your DIY course and how things have changed since then! Best decision ever. Started the course in the September, left full-time work in the December and now have 3 members of staff and a thriving VA business! I think I love you a little bit." 😘 Charlotte Souber 

"I honestly would not be in this position with my business if it wasn't for the DIY Course - and to know I have lifetime access and that Jo updates the course content regularly is just such awesome value for money. Being part of the trainee-only group is like having a huge encyclopedia of VA knowledge at your fingertips with cheerleaders telling you "you've got this" when you're having a wobble. I honestly feel this course has given me more in terms of specific business learning, mindset and work approach than any number of years did at University! It's meant that I can do the work I love, make a living from it whilst also having a flexible lifestyle to be present for my young children. Thank you Jo for everything you do in the VA world, for your honest, gritty and down to earth approach. For saying it how it is so we can all get real and crack on with the job in hand!"  Becky Horsfall

"The VA Handbook kickstarted my journey into the VA world back in 2018 and 4 years later, I’m still reaping the rewards of doing the DIY course (which I still refer to) and being part of Jo’s VA Rock Stars Facebook group. There’s honestly no aspect of VA-ing not covered by Jo’s resources and Facebook groups. They’re my go-to for any conundrums before I look anywhere else. Jo’s availability within the group regardless of how big it gets is admirable too. She has created safe solid spaces that stand apart from many memberships, thanks Jo!" Irene Nambi Kafeero

"Ok, I have to say it, I don't care, sue me (I now have insurance lol). If you're procrastinating on whether to buy Jo's course because you're worried it won't give you everything you need for the price, stop it. Stop it right now. I'm over halfway through the course and already feel loads more confident about it all. I had all the wobbles you're probably having now, but everything is coming together, I have tools I didn't even know I needed and I'm on course for starting up my business very soon. I'm hyped up and in a real 'bring it on' mood, and you could be too if you just take that leap!" Kate Thornton

"I've loved Joanne's mentorship through her DIY VA course program. She provides a lot of free resources and encouragement, as well as a model to create a business with the confidence and support of a community of fellow VAs. I find her resources to be professional and concise without the chaos and loud sales pitches other models offer. Her course is affordable and easy to navigate, digest and complete. Joanne's commitment to helping Virtual Assistants thrive is evident in the quality of the program and community she's created. I highly recommend!" Beth McGee

"I so appreciate the course you have built. I really worried it would be created in a dumbed-down way. It is not. I feel myself growing and maturing as a person and a business owner with the lessons and interactions. I Love being in the Rock Stars, my business is exploding, I'm busier than I've ever been and making more money than I've ever made. It was the best money I've ever spent in my entire life. Thank you enormously." Alexandra Evans

"All I can say is - DO THIS COURSE! It’s fantastic, full of all the information you need and discounts galore. There are several courses within this course, so it really is great value for money. If you are serious about becoming a VA and setting up your own business, this will guide you through the process in a simple and fun way." Gemma Woolford

"When I bought Jo’s DIY course I have to admit it was a “close my eyes and click” moment. I was pretty sure I wanted to be a VA but I wasn't convinced… until I signed up. Within half an hour of receiving my login details and welcome email I knew I'd made the right decision. The way Jo writes makes you feel like she's there in the room with you, talking you through every stage (and giving you a talking to when you start to doubt!). She immediately instils confidence."

"A huggggggeee!! Thank you, the DIY course is amazing!! Not only does it teach you the skills required but also changes your mindset (in the most amazing way). It is just what I needed. I am nearly 70% through it and I have signed two clients, it’s bloody great! So if you are thinking about purchasing it, DO IT!" Laura Cooke

"I've completed Jo's VA course and would highly recommend it.  It's like Jo is holding your hand through the whole process of setting yourself up to be an amazing Virtual Assistant - just give it a go. When you buy the course you have access to it for life and Jo is always there to help." Janet Zoller 

"The only course I can and would recommend is Joanne Munro's. Jo's passion is clear. Her experience and resources are the best I've yet to come across." Tracey Appiah 

"I love this course. I bought it at full price 18 months ago and thought that it would take me a while to recoup the money... it didn't. Once I had started, it took me around two months to get everything I had invested back. Remember it is an INVESTMENT, not an expense. With lifetime access, it means when I need to refresh my process or get a kick in the pants, the Facebook group is there and the course material is on hand. Please make today the first day of your real VA career!"

"As someone completely new to the VA world, I'm enjoying the course so far. I'm about halfway through and love the step-by-step approach. Thank you Jo." Jenni Sampson

"Signed 2 new clients and have a call with another one next week. Now I have far too much work so have calls with potential associates all lined up and booked in next week too. Got loads of the DIY VA course completed - the marketing email templates 💯 work 😁. And I even managed a cheeky day off on Wednesday!" Susan Jane Randles

"This time last year, I was just about managing on an (average) PA/Administrator salary. I was doing all the things I enjoyed, but I was still restricted. This month, albeit I have clocked more hours, post-tax I have taken double my old salary. I cannot believe that I am only 6 months into my journey. Since the start of the year, I have been on 2/4 planned holidays/remote working trips this year and I have taken on an associate. I absolutely love what I do, thanks to the support of Jo and my Rock Star buddies and this is only just the beginning. I think no matter what your current work situation. If you can make time for the course, implement the actions and give 100%, you are guaranteed a return on investment." Tom Lingard

"If you are on the fence about taking this course, jump off and DO IT. The amount of education, support and resources it offers is staggering. I was scared about spending the money (any money!) at the time, but am ever so grateful I did." Karen Fouts

"I followed Jo’s course to the T – I knew this was my time to shine and I wasn’t about to waste my money. Within days of completing the DIY course and publishing my LinkedIn profile, I had my first client. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I already had a return on the money that I’d spent and it had only taken 6 weeks! "The course is invaluable. Now that I have completed it and I have my business up and running with more clients than I financially need, I would advise anyone to invest in the course. You'll get a very quick return on your investment." Sophie Khaksari"

​"When I was contemplating the idea of becoming a VA I was given Jo’s details and told to look at her website, and I am so grateful to that person. ​J​o has amazing and free guidance on her site, however, I decided that her DIY course was the one for me and that I needed to be told what to do. I love that Jo is so direct and has a strict no BS policy, she says it as it is but you know it comes from the heart.​ ​There is so much continuous support and guidance given, which is not only just by Jo but our little VA community too​. ​Every time I meet a fellow VA The VA handbook or Rock stars come up in conversation and I would always recommend Jo’s services.Thank you for being such great support to all the VA’s out there!" Alison Newcombe

"She will kill me for saying this but I owe my new-found confidence and my wonderful new business to Jo and her DIY VA course. I ABSOLUTELY wouldn’t have done this if it wasn’t for her. She’s a businesswoman, a mentor, a coach and a teacher and I am so glad I found her site. If you’re in doubt, lacking in confidence or just going off track and need a supportive push in the right direction then take the course, you won’t be disappointed!"

"I am just nearing the end of the course and have to comment on how well structured it is. The no-nonsense step-by-step approach is perfect for my busy brain and Jo's witty way of writing had me laughing out loud at times." Jenni Sampson

"At the beginning of my VA journey, Joanne was the light at the end of the confusing tunnel. After working as a PA for many years, and wanting to work freelance, I came across an article about a job called a 'Virtual Assistant'. What was this mythical job and how did one go about it? Then I found Joanne's 'DIY VA Course'. I debated for a while, but decided to go for it - ignoring the naysayers who thought working as a Virtual Assistant sounded mad! Well, that was back in 2017 and I haven't looked back. The course guided me through every aspect of starting up, and her continued support via groups and lives since then has been a wonderful resource. Since doing the course I have been working continuously so I really feel I owe her for creating it. She is absolutely brilliant at what she does and every new VA should look her up! Thanks, Joanne! Katy Lever

"Although I was certainly a late starter VA, it took off brilliantly and I have luckily got enough work. Feels so great one year on, so anyone at the startup stage or contemplating, definitely yes you can do it! It's thanks to everyone's support in the Rock Stars group, and for Jo's brilliant DIY course." Caroline Tooley

"I remember buying the course during a special offer and I honestly wouldn't be where I am now without it! I was in full-time employment at the time so I worked through it during the evenings and weekends. I secured my first client before finishing the course and left my job within 4 weeks. Two years later, we are still working together. I often dip back into the course when I need a reminder or a template etc. It's been two years now and I've learned so much. It's hard work and it is challenging but it is the best decision I ever made. I have no regrets. It was worth every penny!"  Debbie Gauntlett

"I've just completed your course - for the first time. I say that because I have already dipped back into it twice just hours after finishing it. This is just another fan mail email and I apologise, but I just wanted you to know again that everything you've imparted is relevant, useful and thought-inspiring."

"I’ve got my head down working through the DIY course and I am loving it. I think I read every one of Jo’s blog posts before signing up for the course and therefore I feel all the information I am going through now is really sinking in. Even though I read lots prior, the way the course is structured makes much more sense now! I have gained so much more confidence this week by doing the course and it has reaffirmed that I have made the right decision in going self-employed with my valuable experience. I had the basics regarding my services and potential clients but now I have so much more detail. Imposter syndrome has diminished this week!" Lea Clinton

"I bought the course just over a month ago and it has been worth every penny so far. There's no better incentive to stop procrastinating than knowing you've just invested your hard-earned cash in something. It feels great to be working on my own thing and taking those first few steps from employee to business owner." Michelle Wright

"I launched my business last September, I did a Facebook post a week later and I waited for all the clients 😂😂..... of course, nothing happened, so I started posting more, but I really didn't know what I was doing. With the many lockdowns and two small children, I was really struggling. I had one regular client and nothing else. In March this year, I bought Jo's course. It gave me structure, guidance and confidence. Around the same time, I started networking. In the next couple of months, I got a couple of one-off projects and some associate work. As we approached the summer I was feeling more and more determined, but with little childcare, I was happy to sit tight for the summer holidays... but instead, I signed several clients, my associate work came through and I am now excited to say I am where I never thought I would be! Buying Jo's course was make or break for me. I was lost and disheartened. I'm not now! I often refer back to different bits in the course and am grateful to Jo". 😊 Michelle Payne

"Although I have been self-employed and working from home for several years, doing the DIY VA course really opened my eyes to things that I hadn't thought of doing/getting, that were essential in order to be a professional VA. If you're thinking of becoming a VA Joanne guides you (in fact she holds your hand) throughout the process and you get access to all the resources for life. Amazing lady." Janet Zoller​

"I really love the live Q&A sessions as Jo is full of great advice but also to feel part of a community of like-minded people with the same goal. Knowing you have that support network when struggling with something is so important. I feel the fog has been lifted after a chat with Jo. I am re-focused, re-energised and had the 'light bulb' moment now knowing who my ideal client is. Thank you 🙏. Even though I have finished the course, it's a constant resource to revisit, which is invaluable."

"Thank you so much for putting together this amazing course. I’ve found the information it contains invaluable, not to mention the Facebook group, the book club and your constant communication. It really feels like value for money and don’t know what I would’ve done without it." Jo London

"I can certainly recommend Jo's DIY course. I finished it in around a month and have had loads of work as a result. The information is structured, relevant and bang up to date. You won't be disappointed. I didn't know where to start in the beginning as there's so much information out there but once I started the DIY course I was completely focused on what I needed to do. You also have access to a private Facebook group where we trainees hang out and share our knowledge and best practice. It's absolutely worth the money."

"It is the best VA course out there. Everything in it is beneficial, and Jo and the Rock Stars support is second to none." Ann Hunt

"I signed up for Jo’s DIY course on her biz birthday about 3 years ago. I wanted to do this VA thing with all my heart but honestly didn’t know if I had what it would take to be a business owner and to be honest, back then, even calling myself a business owner sounded absurd! Fast forward to now and I can honestly say, hand on heart, it was the best decision I could have made. Everyone’s journey will go at a different pace and whilst some in my “year group” flew fast and hard, some like me, took a little longer but that is the beauty of the course, you do it at your own pace, in your own time, doing it your way… well, Jo’s way (she’s a stickler for the rules… so you better not jump ahead! 😜).

"Totally worth the money! There is so much info out there and it becomes overwhelming. With Jo's course, you'll be a VA before you know it but with all the best advice and support. I couldn't have done it without her - or if I'd done it on my own I would still be trying to set up. (I started 5 months ago and have loads of clients). Go for it, you won't regret it!" Lianne Kenny

"I have to say it again. Having visited other groups, other coaches etc, Jo's DIY VA course is incredible value. Jo covers so much that you don't think that you will need. And then... bang! Something happens and guess what? There is a blog post about it! Fantastic business book recommendations. Great interviews and videos on how women need to stand up and be counted. So being here on this group and having access to the course and Jo is definitely an investment well spent! You have Jo's many years of business experience, a lot of work going Into the blog posts etc. We even have a handy HMRC reminder of key dates for making payments on account. I don't see the same in other groups. I have even seen wrong information being told about self-employment, self-assessment etc. Definitely take advantage of the lifetime access to Jo and the course and VA Handbookers group and blog post! You really can't go wrong." Naina Clayton

"If you're keen to stop wasting time and have Jo give you a step-by-step process on how to set up your VA business (with MORE support and LESS overwhelm), and you know you'll benefit from surrounding yourself with like-minded business owners, I highly recommend you invest in this course and become a Rock Star. The Rock Stars consists of new, aspiring AND established VAs around the world, and the community is both inspiring and supportive. I hope to see you there. Your future self will thank you for it!"

"Just do it. Don’t pontificate thinking about it. You will learn so much, a clear roadmap about setting up your business, a supportive group, coaching, being able to stay up to date and much more. I only wish I had done this earlier. If you are serious and want your business to work I would definitely recommend this course." Sandra Moran

"I do love being a VA, I spent so long thinking about it and half-heartedly for years before really going for it. If your heart is in it and you put in the effort you can make it work. Thank you to Jo for your amazing course and support. I love being my own boss and if the sun's out I can go out and enjoy it and then work in the evening when it's dull!" Jill Hartery

"I've today finished working through the final sections of your course, and am feeling confident and excited to get going. I found your section on LinkedIn particularly helpful. I also re-read the section on niches today and found so much valuable information in there that I needed to take note of and remember going forward. Your course and your website, blogs, Facebook page etc. have all been amazing. 🤩" Wendy Meyer

"Jo's DIY course material is worth the cost in itself, but the 'valuable extras' you get are INVALUABLE!" Yvette Fulton

"There is no doubt I would still have become a VA without the support of Joanne Munro and her fantastic group of Rock Star VAs but I KNOW I would have made a lot more mistakes along the way and I would not have built up an amazing network of VAs to support me and my growing business." Michelle Dowsett 

"If this sort of support and community had been available for my last business, I doubt I would be on my way to being a VA now. I am extremely grateful for the guidance and support from Jo and the other Rock Stars." Karen Noble

"Jo recognises the fact that a lot of her VAs-in-training are detail-orientated over-thinkers, and because she totally ‘gets’ this, she helps you cut through the crap and concentrate on the task at hand, one step at a time (IN ORDER! 😉). I’m not even through the second lesson and my head is so much clearer and focused already. I also find myself looking forward to my ‘development’ time, it helps continue the sense of purpose I had when I had that light bulb moment. I can’t recommend it enough." Claire Chatterton 

"Joanne's DIY VA course was amazing and so incredibly helpful to get my business started. It made it so easy to check off all the things I needed to do to hit the ground running." Kylie Preston

"I'm a member of Jo's VA Rock Stars group after I bought the DIY course about 5 or 6 years ago (I think) 🤔 and it's honestly amazing. If you're swithering about investing in the DIY course then go and frigging buy it because it WILL change your life - plus you get hunners (another Scottish word) of free/discounted courses. Thanks so much, Jo!" Claire Bruynseels

"For others wanting to do the DIY course (and I say this truly from the heart) if you're overthinking it, worried or even scared to take the plunge... just do it.. you'll never know if you never try. You will be on an absolutely wonderful ride and there is endless personal support in the VA Rock Stars group. Even after 2 years I still get value from the DIY course." Rebecca McLachlan

"In all honesty, buying the VA course was the best thing I ever did." Jasmin Cooper 

"This course really does set out everything you need to do clearly. Before doing it I had a jumble of ideas and was getting nothing done. But whilst the course is amazing, I found the most valuable thing was the membership of Jo's Rock Stars group where you really do get every little query answered. If you think the Handbookers group is good, come and join the Rock Stars. You won't regret it."

"I bought Jo's DIY VA course and it's been great. It's taken me from the possibility of making a bit of money doing a bit of admin to a business owner, confident in my skills and ability to help others. It's easy to understand and Jo supports and helps you throughout. Getting her course was the pivot point for me." Francine Mason

"Fabulous is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about this training course! The training is abundant with best practice advice and tried and tested techniques to take you from thinking about starting your own business to being up, running and earning. Jo has worked with professionals in many fields and she's incorporated their expertise which covers every aspect of business start-up in a no-nonsense, step-by-step approach." 

"I purchased Jo's course 3 weeks ago on Black Friday, put my website live last Sunday and have just signed my first client which will be for ongoing weekly work, starting from next week! I can't believe it's all happening so quickly. Thank you so much Jo for all the advice, inspiration and motivation." Laura Rebecca Brown 

"I did a lot of Googling, came up with this thing called virtual assistance and discovered the VA Handbook. I immediately bought the course and now in my 50s, I've got a second career. So I would say to anyone who's fed up with corporate work, do it, you can. I needed to get to a really low place in order to quit and start my VA business but I found the light at the end of the tunnel to be Jo's VA DIY course. I can't recommend it enough - it enabled me to focus and re-energise." Judi Evans

"The biggest thing for me is that not only do you get the training (which includes how to get clients) and a hell of a lot of support from the group, you also get a lot of mindset stuff that helps massively with things like pricing. I've even picked up work directly from the group too, as people sometimes share work if they've got too much on or it's not their skill set. I'd only invest in the course if you're 100% serious about setting up a business. But if you are, and it sounds like you'd make a great VA, then I'd recommend it. It was the making of me."

"Jo really knows her stuff and teaches us in a way that is straightforward, honest and practical." Sarah Ibrahim

"I have a background in nursing, business and learning development so tend to look at any form of training from a very critical perspective. I have the skills required to specialise in the areas I want to as a VA however Jo’s course has been invaluable for understanding the range of activities required to be a ‘high quality’ and professional VA in my opinion. I am working through the course at the minute and wish I had signed up for it earlier." Sandra Moran

"FAN MAIL! I've just completed section two and am bloody loving your DIY VA Course. It's like a great TV series you don't want to end!"

"I’m pleased to announce that I’ve finished Jo’s DIY course. It gives you an excellent framework to work against while encouraging you to set up your business to reflect YOU. It’s so satisfying to know that everything from my branding to my website has been carefully thought out in line with everything I want to achieve in my business. For anyone thinking about buying the course, I’d say DO IT!! Excellent value for money and I don’t know what I would have done without it."  Lynne Lumsden
"WOW!! Joanne's DIY VA Course is off the hook! I'd been dithering for a year and bought this course and it's the kick I needed. It really covers absolutely everything, has improved my productivity and my confidence. I always knew I could be a VA with my experience and knowledge, but running my own company and motivating myself with a couple of children was my big concern, but Joanne's can do, no BS attitude is inspiring and contagious! I'm well on my way to totally owning this. Thanks Jo." Tracey Appiah

"I’m not even halfway through and am already about to sign my first client. The course helps organize your brain by allowing you to follow a format that alleviates the stress of feeling like you’re going it alone without any guidance. It’s awesome!"

"I am coming up to my first year business birthday and couldn’t have done it without doing this course... it set me on the right path. I love the VA life." Suzanne Whiteside

"It's totally worth it. I started on the free stuff but there is so much I felt like I was drowning in info. Buying the course was following a path and all the extras are worth it, especially the live sessions, 1-2-1 chats, the invaluable encouragement and support from the other Rock Stars, the discounts for the other courses, legal docs etc. Be like Nike!" Tracy Alexander

"Joanne is an amazing VA trainer...I should know, I trained with her before switching to my coaching business. I will always be grateful for the business fundamentals that she taught me." Suzie Flynn

"I followed the VA Handbook website for a long time. I subscribed to Jo's newsletters and then I eventually bought the course - it has been a game-changer. The DIY VA course is an A-Z of business start-up. It's so resourceful as you exchange ideas and help each other go through the journey like a family or sisterhood! I have 3 children and it took me forever to set up but I'm glad I did it. Part-time salaries are c**p and I charge £30 per hour and have clients who pay it!" 

"I have wanted to start my own business for a couple of years now. As a single mom to two kids, I hate being away from them all day! I started the VA course last night and just WOW!! I have no words. Best course I have ever seen. I love how it starts with adjusting your focus to becoming a business owner! Thank you for letting me be part of such an amazing group!" Sarah Pulliam

"Woo Hoo!!! Just 4 weeks from finishing the DIY course and I have got my first client. Only a small task to start with but he is thinking long term and full support as we get to know each other ... so excited! Thank you so much Jo, as we all know, your course rocks!!" Rosemary Wooding

"This is an extremely well thought out and informative course for anyone who is considering becoming a Virtual Assistant. There is so much information, advice and templates that I can't see how anyone could set up without it, to be honest. You're not left alone either and I know that if I have a question I can ask Jo at any time in the trainee Facebook group. This is my VA bible!"

"The course will certainly help you drill down into all the important stuff such as your ideal clients and niche etc. I took the course and still use it to refresh and improve on things. I've gone from strength to strength since taking the course, I am now much clearer and more focused than I have ever been and my business has thrived because of it." Victoria Lofthouse

"Buy it, you won't regret it. I bought it and I can't tell you how valuable it is. I constantly refer back to it. If it wasn't for Joanne Munro I don't think I would have launched." Caroline Tooley 

"The course will definitely help you identify your niche and how/where to find new clients but it also covers so much more. I would say if you can afford the investment then it’s worth it if you are wanting to grow your business. Plus you get to join the secret Facebook group which is great." Camille Georgina Ford

This course is fabulous! When I decided to become a VA I didn't know where to start but this helped me focus on my strengths, look at the services I can offer and how to approach potential clients. Jo genuinely wants people to succeed." Raakhee Stratton

"It’s a step-by-step approach to going from unemployed Mummy to business owner with clients. I don’t see myself being an employee ever again. I feel very fortunate and very happy. You don’t get a certificate at the end of it or a graduation ceremony, but you do get your own business and the chance to live your life on your own terms." Fay B

"The training is written in a very conversational manner – it feels like Jo is actually talking to you. There's information to read, videos to watch, work to complete, lots to think about, lots to challenge your thinking, and above all, it’s fun to do. I’ve really enjoyed doing this training and I’ve learned a lot more than I bargained for along the way. This training would be a true asset to anyone looking to start their own VA business and comes with my heartfelt recommendation."  

"I signed up for the course and I haven't looked back; it's the best thing I ever did. I've got two kids and I love the flexibility to be able to do what I want, when I want. It's changed my life. So if you're thinking about becoming a VA, don't overthink it, just do it." Sam Wilkinson

"This course has been a shining light. Completely logical and comprehensive, it gave me the practical tools to set up and, more importantly, find clients. This course will save you valuable time and increase your confidence tenfold." Laura Coyle

"It's a no-brainer. The support is second to none and I would never have had the courage without the course. It gives you all the right information and constant encouragement to crack on with it. Definitely sign up. Since completing the course, I have not looked back. The flexibility that comes from working for yourself is great and for the first time, I have been able to spend a lot of time with my daughter during the school holidays. My daughter made a comment to me the other day and I quote: “You seem so much happier now Mummy”. And I think that says it all!" Emma Conway-Hyde

"Finishing the course was a huge sense of achievement, it has been invaluable - having gone through each section at a good pace and in order, has given me the best start for my business, I feel focused with a sense of self-belief and ready to hit the ground running - as well as some nervous excitement!" Sophie Alexander

"I set up really quickly and in the right way with Jo's help. Otherwise, I think it would have taken me ages and lots of avoidable mistakes along the way. With the course, I felt ready and confident to take on clients. Six months after setting up and I have loads of work coming in!" Karen H

"Everyone should buy it! It's crazy to know that since I bought the course this time last year, I've quit my job and have now been happily freelancing since April! Buying the course gave me the courage and another reason to quit and do my own thing. I promise you won't look back if you work hard at it." Sophie Mason

"It is exactly 6 months today that I first signed up for Jo's free guide to becoming a VA. 17 days after that I signed up for the DIY VA course, and 5 days later I went into redundancy consultation at work. WOW - what a roller-coaster 6 months. Without this amazing course and the support of Jo, the Rock Stars group and my new VA friends I would NEVER have summoned the courage and strength to build my own business. There have been ups and downs, and I have made mistakes, but I can honestly say that I will never go back to being an employee. If you are thinking about doing this, stop thinking and just do it. Make it work for you. If I can do it, anyone can." Deborah Hoult

"You so need to sign up for Jo's DIY course. It's EXCELLENT! I've learned so much, have my first client and haven't even finished the course yet. Jo is so friendly and helps you every step of the way. She's covered all the bases and then some for starting a VA business (and making sure it thrives). So stop what you're doing and buy the course now!" Naomi Neita

"I took my leap of faith about two weeks ago and now I'm motoring!! You can go at your own pace and I have to say the course has given me oodles of confidence too. I love the style, the content is all very relevant and it really does prepare you to launch your business. What are you waiting for... go for it!" Emma Levings

"I am so pleased that I am doing this course with Jo. She really sets us up with all eventualities and the support is amazing. I am in other groups for job opps and I see the questions that people ask and I sit there thinking, "Jo covered that on her course. I know how to deal with that, thanks to the course". Honestly, ladies and gents, you will not regret doing this course." Naina Clayton

"This course and this path in my life have been one of the smartest things I've ever done. Jo and the Rock Stars Facebook group have been my constant guides. I've now been doing this full time, exclusive of any other employment for about a year and a half. I support myself and my three kids. It is a lot of work, it is NOT a 'get rich quick' scheme, but it is absolutely real."

"The course was an excellent investment in my future and I had recouped the cost within my first week of working. I love being a VA, it’s interesting, varied, and I love running my own business. I am definitely happier which automatically makes everyone around me happier." Laura C

"I couldn’t wait to get going and I did the course during nap times and in the evenings and ticked off everything on the checklist just one month after starting it. For me it was life-changing. I’m happier, I’ve made new VA friends and I feel like I’m ‘Sadie’ again rather than just Mummy. I can’t ever imagine going back to being an employee. It’s also a bloody bargain for all of the guidance and support you receive – I’d never have been a VA without doing this course." Sadie Finch

"I started the course at the beginning of June and completed it mid-August. So far I have three clients and I’m leaving my full-time job next week. I am beyond excited and thrilled that I have been able to get clients so quickly. Everything is so different now. My outlook on life is far more positive than it has been for years. I have just EIGHT DAYS to go and I am a full-time VA! Jo’s course content really is amazing and I honestly cannot recommend it enough."  Jo Lewis

"For anyone sitting on the fence about signing up just GO FOR IT! I did the course last year and launched my business in July when my youngest was 9 months old. Seven months later I'm at capacity and about to take on my first associate. If I can do it anyone can! The Rock Stars support group is fantastic and having access to so many experienced and other newbie VAs is invaluable. Plus you get first dibs on any work offers that come to the group. So what are you waiting for?!"

I've always been keenly aware that I come with an unknown expiry date which is why I have spent years searching for a job that makes me happy.

Luckily, at the grand old age of 38, I found it - I became a Virtual Assistant and Mondays were never the same again... I finally liked them!

Because we spend half our lives at work and because working for yourself is infinitely better than slogging your guts out for someone else, my goal is to help as many people as possible set up a business so they can be in charge of their own "one wild and precious" life.

The bad news is that time flies, the good news is that you're the pilot.

Start your VA business today