Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Covers all aspects of creating an office for a virtual assistant. Includes developing an individual business plan, analyzing office needs for furniture and equipment, creating a marketing plan incorporating a social media marketing strategy, establishing a fee rate range, identifying software requirements, planning a company website, and creating a file management system. Recommended: CAS 246. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 27665

From the Instructor:

This course covers all aspects of creating a home-based virtual assistant business. A virtual assistant or VA is a home-based administrative professional who uses technology to remotely support clients.

Students will create a business plan, marketing plan, and financials for a start-up home-based virtual assistant business; analyze office needs for furniture and equipment; establish a fee schedule; identify software requirements; and plan a company website. Each section of the business plan (which includes a marketing and financial section) is submitted for credit and feedback. Be prepared to create a professionally written business plan that could be presented to a bank loan officer.

To be successful in this course, students should be proficient in both Microsoft Word and Excel (for the financial statements). Work experience in an office administrative function for two years is very helpful.

Recommended prerequisite: CAS 246

Course Specific Requirements:

To maintain registered status, students must access this online course and complete the required assignment by Wednesday of Week One. This assignment will be available within Desire2Learn (D2L) when course access begins on the first day of the term. Your position in the class can be offered to a student on the wait list if you do not access the online course room.

Textbook information: See the PCC Bookstore link for required materials.

Web Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the Technical Requirements for this delivery mode.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learners:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learners. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes. To learn more, go to http://www.pcc.edu/osg
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CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
27665 WEB » - 28-Mar-2016 thru 09-Jun-2016
Instructor: Randi M Barr
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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